Katharine Ross: The Young 'Graduate' Star Who Was 'Too Pretty,' Then And Now

By Kellar Ellsworth
Left: Katharine Ross in 'The Graduate.' Right: Ross and Paul Newman in 'Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.' Source: IMDB

With appearances in The Graduate (1967) and Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (1969), Katharine Ross emerged as a versatile girl-next-door actress adept at comedy and drama. Her filmography stretches back to the '50s, when she established herself as a television actress, and her late-'60s heyday (which also included 1968's Hellfighters and 1969's Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here) propelled her career through the '70s with The Stepford Wives (1975) and The Swarm (1978). Ross, who turned 80 in 2020, has continued to act and do voice work in the 2000s and 2010s. 

Ross' Hollywood success story was certainly helped along by her looks, although her cover-girl beauty may have lost her a few roles. "I find it embarrassing and disgusting to ask to do a part and be told I'm too pretty," she once remarked. "How can I answer that?" It helps to have support in life, which she gets from her husband of 36 years, actor Sam Elliott.