Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross: A Lasting Love Story That Inspires
A Hollywood Love That Defies the Norm
In the realm of Hollywood stars, while some are known for their glitzy and extravagant lifestyles, others like Sam Elliott stand out for an entirely different reason: showcasing the enduring power of true love. At 79 years old, Elliott’s unwavering devotion to his wife, Katharine Ross, has spanned an impressive three decades and counting.
Love Beyond the Limelight
Despite his status as a Hollywood heartthrob with a global fanbase, Sam Elliott’s heart belongs to one woman alone: his wife of thirty years, Katharine Ross. Their remarkable love story began on the set of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” where Ross held a prominent role while Elliott, as he humbly puts it, was a “glorified extra” in a bar scene.
Love at first sight struck Elliott, yet his modest self-perception held him back. To him, Ross was a Hollywood star while he felt like a mere shadow. He reminisces, “All I could do was just watch Katharine come and go…I never spoke to her. I never would even think to speak to her.”
Elliott’s infatuation persisted, and destiny played its role. It was only on the set of “The Legacy” in 1978 that he mustered the courage to engage with her, and their connection was immediate. Six years later, they exchanged vows. Remarkably, while this was Ross’s fifth marriage, it marked Elliott’s first.
Nurturing Love Amidst Career Pursuits
Supporting each other’s careers has been a cornerstone of their enduring relationship. An illustrative example lies in Elliott’s decision on the brink of a breakthrough role in the 1985 film “Mask.” Despite being on their honeymoon in Hawaii, he was ready to pass on the role. Ross, however, stepped in and ensured he returned in time to audition.
Their familial bond extends to their daughter, Cleo Rose, who ventured into music after receiving professional vocal training. The couple divides their time between California and Oregon, and Elliott envisions a future in “La La Land.”