1. Rene Marie Russo is an American actress, producer and former model.
2. Russo began her career in the 1970s as a popular fashion model, appearing several times on the covers of magazines like Vogue and Cosmopolitan.
3. She became known for starring in a series of popular, big budget thrillers and action movies throughout the 1990s.
4. She made her big screen debut in the 1989 comedy film Major League and later co-starred in Mr. Destiny .
5. In 1990s she played the female lead in box office hits including Lethal Weapon 3 .
6. After she starred in the family comedy Yours, Mine and Ours in 2005, she took a six-year break from acting.
7. Russo appeared as Frigga, the mother of the titular hero in the superhero films Thor .
8. In 2014, Russo co-starred in the crime thriller film Nightcrawler, for which she received critical praise and BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role nomination. She appeared in the comedy The Intern, which was released on September 25, 2015.
9. She attended Burroughs High School , but eventually dropped out in the tenth grade.
10. To help her family, she began taking a variety of part-time jobs including working in an eyeglass factory, and as a movie cashier.
11. Russo started a modeling career after allegedly being spotted at a 1972 Rolling Stones concert by John Crosby, an agent from International Creative Management.
12. As she entered her thirties, demand for her as a model began to dwindle.
13. She did a few more commercials and then turned her back on modeling and show business for a while.
14. She studied theater and acting, and began appearing in theater roles at small theaters in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California.
15. At one point, she took acting lessons from veteran actor Allan Rich.
16. She made her television debut in 1987 with a supporting role in the short-lived ABC television series Sable, based on the comic book, Jon Sable: Freelance, by Mike Grell.
17. She made her feature film debut in 1989 as the girlfriend of the Tom Berenger character in Major League, a comedy written and directed by David S. Ward.
18. In 1991 she had the female lead role alongside Michael Keaton in the crime drama One Good Cop.
19. She later starred in the science fiction film Freejack, which received mostly negative reviews from critics, but Russo was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
20. In 1992 she achieved breakout success with her role as internal affairs detective Lorna Cole in the 1992 action film Lethal Weapon 3 opposite Mel Gibson. In later years she had major roles in a number of box office hits and critically successful movies.
21. In 1993 she starred opposite Clint Eastwood in the thriller film In the Line of Fire, directed by Wolfgang Petersen.
22. In 1995 Petersen cast her in the medical disaster film Outbreak alongside Dustin Hoffman.
23. The film also had box office success, grossing $189 million worldwide. Also in 1995, she appeared in another box office hit, Get Shorty, a crime-comedy directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
24. In 1996 she starred in the romantic comedy Tin Cup with Kevin Costner, and reunited with her Lethal Weapon co-star Mel Gibson in the crime thriller Ransom, directed by Ron Howard.