When Katharine was born, her father (Dudley T. Ross), who worked for the Associated Press, was away in the Navy. His navy career shuttled his family around the country and finally landed them in Walnut Creek, California, outside of San Francisco. Katharine was born in Hollywood, California, from the very beginning of her career in acting, she has shown a vast reservoir of talent. She took part in her first on-screen student film while in college. She began her acting career as an understudy in Actor’s Workshop productions. She was soon auditioning for roles.
Work came quickly for her at first, mainly in television and westerns, and that made up the majority of her best-known work. Her natural beauty was a strong asset in that genre. Her first television role was in Sam Benedict (1962). She was picked up by agent Wally Hiller, and in 1964, she appeared in episodes of The Virginian, Gunsmoke, and The Alfred Hitchcock Hour.
Katharine's first film role was in the Civil War era movie, Shenandoah (1965) with
Jimmy Stewart ) and, later that year, Katharine starred opposite James Garner in Mister Buddwing with MGM. Her performance as Elaine in "The Graduate" (1967) earned her a Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.
Katharine Ross is best known for her breakout roles in two of cinema's most
popular films. The first was The Graduate (1967) where she played Elaine
Robinson, opposite Dustin Hoffman. She received an Oscar nomination and
a Golden Globe as New Star of the Year. The second was
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) where she
played Etta Place alongside Paul Newman and Robert
Redford. Swept up in a whirlwind of fame, Katherine had become the symbol of beauty for the Woodstock generation, and she still remains so today.
She is happily married to another film icon,
the one and only Sam Elliott.
The Reel Cowboys were especially pleased to have Katharine Ross
at the 2017 Silver Spur Award Show to receive her prestigious Silver Spur award, and was thrilled to have her
present a Silver Spur award to her friend, Marguerite Happy that same night.