Rutanya Alda

Actor
Drawing on her youthful exposure to a fairy tale play put on while she was living in a displaced persons camp after World War II, Latvian-born actress Rutanya Alda took the escapist dream of acting to the American stage ... Read more »
Born: 10/13/1942 in Riga, LV

Filmography

Actor (54)

Late Phases 2014 (Movie)

Gloria B (Actor)

Stolen 2010 (Movie)

Older Sally Ann (Actor)

You Don't Know Jack 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

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Law & Order 1992, 2008 (Tv Show)

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Cold Case 2006 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2005 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2004 (Tv Show)

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John Doe 2002 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2001 (Tv Show)

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My First Mister 2001 (Movie)

Woman at Apartment (Actor)

The Glass House 2001 (Movie)

Vice Principal (Actor)

To Have & to Hold 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Souler Opposite 1998 (Movie)

Thea's Mom (Actor)

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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JAG 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Steel 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Hunt (Actor)

Double Jeopardy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Safe Passage 1994 (Movie)

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The Ref 1994 (Movie)

Linda (Actor)

They 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Dark Half 1993 (Movie)

Miriam Cowley (Actor)

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Ann Travis (Actor)

Leaving Normal 1992 (Movie)

Palmer Hospital Nurse (Actor)

Last Exit to Brooklyn 1990 (Movie)

Georgette's Mother (Actor)

Gross Anatomy 1989 (Movie)

Mama Slovak (Actor)

Prancer 1989 (Movie)

Aunt Sarah (Actor)

Winnie 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Apprentice to Murder 1988 (Movie)

Aelma Kelly (Actor)

Defense Play 1988 (Movie)

Mrs Vandemeer (Actor)

Black Widow 1987 (Movie)

Irene (Actor)

Hotshot 1987 (Movie)

Georgia Kristidis (Actor)

The Day the Kids Took Over 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Rappin' 1985 (Movie)

Cecilia (Actor)

The Stuff 1985 (Movie)

Psychologist (Actor)

Racing With the Moon 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Nash (Actor)

Vigilante 1983 (Movie)

Vickie Marino (Actor)

Amityville II: The Possession 1982 (Movie)

Dolores Montelli (Actor)

Girls Nite Out 1981 (Movie)

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Mommie Dearest 1981 (Movie)

Carol Ann (Actor)

When a Stranger Calls 1979 (Movie)

Mrs Mandrakis (Actor)

The Deer Hunter 1978 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

The Fury 1978 (Movie)

Kristen (Actor)

Next Stop, Greenwich Village 1976 (Movie)

Party Person (Actor)

The Long Goodbye 1973 (Movie)

Marlowe's Neighbor (Actor)

Can Ellen Be Saved? (TV Show)

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Childhood Sweetheart? (TV Show)

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Innocent Victims (TV Show)

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Laguna Heat (TV Show)

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Love Comes Softly (TV Show)

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Murder Without Conviction (TV Show)

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Rainbow Drive (TV Show)

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Too Big to Fail (TV Show)

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Zelda (TV Show)

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Biography

Drawing on her youthful exposure to a fairy tale play put on while she was living in a displaced persons camp after World War II, Latvian-born actress Rutanya Alda took the escapist dream of acting to the American stage and screen, building a lengthy career of supporting parts. Born Rutanya Skrastina, she came to the United States after the war and made her first feature appearance in "Greetings," the Brian De Palma film featuring a young Robert De Niro. More small roles followed in notable 1970s films, including "The Panic in Needle Park" and "The Long Goodbye." Alda climbed the credits for the Oscar-winning 1978 Vietnam drama, "The Deer Hunter," playing the wife of Steven, John Savage's character. Her performance in two subsequent films, the abusive Hollywood upbringing tale "Mommie Dearest" and the horror sequel "Amityville II: The Possession" would earn her the dubious distinction of back-to-back nominations for the Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. This didn't slow down her steady career however; she continued to play in a wide variety of films and television shows. Until his death after being struck by a New York City tour bus in 2006, she was married to actor Richard Bright, a frequent crook, cop, or enforcer in such classic films as "The Getaway" and "The Godfather."

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