A sensual actress who often projects an untrained, even somewhat amateurish air, Theresa Russell made an auspicious debut as the daughter of a movie studio head in Elia Kazan's "The Last Tycoon" (1976). Raised in Southern California by her single mother, the alluring, throaty-voiced performer began posing for provocative photos when she was barely a teenager. After dropping out of high school, Russell moved in with a much older man, a primal scream therapist, whom she credits for unleashing repressed feelings that in turn led to her pursuit of an acting career. Trained in the Method at the Lee Strasberg Institute, she proved effective in her early film roles, especially opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Straight Time" (1978). Russell was first directed by her future husband, Nicolas Roeg, in "Bad Timing: A Sensual Obsession" (1980), which cast her in the close to autobiographical role of a young patient who falls under the sway of a psychiatrist. Russell has subsequently six more of his films (to date); she is perhaps best known for her portrayal of a Marilyn Monroe-type figure in Roeg's "Insignificance" (1985).