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Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross

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Actors Sam Elliott (right) and his wife Katherine Ross arrive at the premiere of Fox Searchlight's 'Thank You For Smoking' at the Directors Guild of America on March 16, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.
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The marriage of Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross is one of Hollywood's success stories. Here is more information about how Sam and Katharine met, their wedding, and more.
Fast Marriage Facts - Katharine and Sam
Met: 1978.
Married: May 1, 1984.
First Marriage: No.

Did You Know?
They made a deal to not work at the same time unless they are working together.

News Updates:

6/03/2013: Sam and Katharine will appear on stage for the first -- and only -- time in Love Letters on June 29th as a benefit for the Malibu Playhouse. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Love Letters spans 50 years of a star-crossed couple. More Info and Where to Purchase Tickets

Born:

Samuel Pack Elliott: August 9, 1944 in Sacramento, California.

Katharine Juliet Ross: January 29, 1940 in Hollywood, California.

Source: Ancestry.com. California Birth Index, 1905-1995.

How Sam and Katharine Met:

Although they were both in the movie, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Katharine and Sam didn't meet until 1978 on the movie set of The Legacy. "A year later, they met again, this time at a car wash in Los Angeles. By then, Ross was divorced and they've been together since ..."
Source: "'Prancer' Star Elliott Has Come a Long Way From Bit Player." The Post-Standard. 11/24/1989. pg. 39
Sam: "I saw Katharine from a distance back then. I never would have approached a total stranger on the set and I wouldn't do it now ... I first fell in love with Katharine when she did a picture called Shenandoah in the 1960s ... Then I loved her in The Graduate. And when we were making The Legacy we had a great time for three months. But she was married then and I would never have fooled around with her."
Source: "'Prancer' Star Elliott Has Come a Long Way From Bit Player." The Post-Standard. 11/24/1989. pg. 39.
Sam: "I was a glorified extra (in 'Butch Cassidy') ... Me, being an extra, I wasn't going to accost the leading lady, although I sure watched her work a lot. She was married when we met, and I didn't see her for almost a year. And then I ran into her one time, and she'd just recently gotten separated. We've been together ever since."
Source: Dixie Reid. "An actor's capital memories." The Sacramento Bee. 4/9/2006. pg. TK.24.

Wedding Date:

According to columnist Michele Marks, Sam and Katharine were married on May 1, 1984 on Hawaii's Kona Coast.
Source: Michele Marks. "Michele will tell." The New Mexican. 6/29/1985. pg. 47.

Children:

Katharine and Sam have a daughter.
  • Cleo Rose Elliott: Born in 1984.
3/11/2011: After claiming that Cleo Rose stabbed her repeatedly in the arm, Katharine Ross obtained a restraining order against her daughter.

Occupations:

Sam: Actor, writer, producer.

Katharine: Actress, writer.

Residences:

Sam and Katharine have a large home on three acres in Malibu, California. They have lived there for 30+ years. The couple also has a second home in Oregon.

Previous Marriage:

Katharine has one previous marriage.
  • Gaetano Lisi: Gaetano and Katharine were married on August 19, 1974. They divorced on December 31, 1979.

Quotes About the Marriage of Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott:

Sam: "I think you've got to work at it [marriage], and I think (it's) the fact that we're in love and that we're both outdoor types and love animals and like growing stuff in the yard. I think we were lucky to find each other. It's been a good one."
Source: Dixie Reid. "An actor's capital memories." The Sacramento Bee. 4/9/2006. pg. TK.24.

Katharine: "We have a deal. Unless we're working together, we don't work at the same time."
Source: Luaine Lee. "Acting couples find togetherness on set." Austin American Statesman. 10/29/1993. pg. 10.

Sam: "It doesn't take both parties to make it unbearable in the picture business; it only takes one. One actor is too much for any family."
Source: Luaine Lee. "Acting couples find togetherness on set." Austin American Statesman. 10/29/1993. pg. 10.

Sam about why he and Katharine lived together for eight years before getting married: "I made up my mind that we were gonna work at it before we did it. I hadn't been married and only wanted to do it one time. That's why I waited. But you get what you put into it. It's all give and take. But it's probably the most rewarding thing you can put yourselves into."
Source: Michael Janusonis. "He's still meeting the issues head-on." Providence Journal. 10/26/1987. pg. C-08.

Joan Hanauer: "Sam Elliott in private life is the kind of man who volunteers to be a househusband while wife Katharine Ross works ... "My wife's going to work with Willie Nelson on a picture in Austin, Texas, so I'm going down there to babysit for a couple of weeks. It's give and take. Now the shoe is on the other foot. Mom's going to work and Dad will take care of the domestic end of it."
Source: "Sam Elliott plays evil man in movie." Burlington Hawk-Eye. 4/29/1985. pg. 5.

Sam about his relationship with Katharine: "It's been all blackberries. Sure there are (marriage) plans."
Source: Julianne Hastings. "Sam Elliott's happiness with catch no fish story." Daily Herald. 10/25/1983. pg. 9.

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