TWO FOR THE MONEY
RENE RUSSO (Toni / Executive Producer), a former top fashion model turned
veteran leading actress, grabbed Hollywood's attention in her 1989 feature film debut
Major League. After numerous marquee roles, it would be her standout performance as
Catherine Banning, the sexy and tenacious insurance investigator in John McTiernan's
1999 remake of The Thomas Crown Affair opposite Pierce Brosnan that would prove
This year, she appears in Raja Gosnell's family comedy Yours, Mine and Ours
opposite Dennis Quaid, a remake of the 1968 film starring Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball.
Set for a fall release, she plays a widow with eight children of her own who marries a
widower with 10 children.
She showed her penchant for comedy in the 1996 sports romp Tin Cup co-starring
Kevin Costner. That year, she stepped into a stellar dramatic role as Kate Mullen, the
mother of a kidnapped son in Ron Howard's thriller Ransom, co-starring Mel Gibson. It
was her third film opposite Gibson, having starred in the1992 blockbuster film Lethal
Weapon 3 as internal affairs investigator Lorna Cole, which received strong critical
acclaim. She reprised that role with Gibson and Danny Glover in 1998's Lethal Weapon
She recently appeared in the action comedy Showtime with Robert De Niro and
Eddie Murphy as well as Barry Sonnenfeld's comedy Big Trouble.
She received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for her role as Secret
Service Agent Lillie Raines in the1994 thriller In the Line of Fire, the box-office hit
starring Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich. In 1995, she portrayed Robby Keogh, a
doctor on the trail of a deadly virus that threatens to wipe out the entire world in
Outbreak. The Wolfgang Petersen thriller also starred Dustin Hoffman and Morgan
Freeman. That year, she also received praise for her performance as B-movie actress
Karen Flores in the blockbuster Get Shorty. Barry Sonnenfeld's adaptation of the Elmore
Leonard bestseller also starred John Travolta, Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito.
Her additional film credits include The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,
Buddy, Mr. Destiny, One Good Cop, and Freejack.
A native Californian, Russo grew up in Burbank. At the age of 18, she was
discovered at a Rolling Stones concert and encouraged to become a fashion model. She
moved to New York and became a top model for the Ford Agency, gracing the covers of
every fashion magazine throughout her successful modeling career in the late '70s and
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