Academy Awards: Actors with most Oscar nominations but least wins

Rosalind Russell

Nominations: 4

  • Actress – 1943 – “My Sister Eileen”
  • Actress – 1947 – “Sister Kenny”
  • Actress – 1948 – “Mourning Becomes Electra”
  • Actress – 1959 – “Auntie Mame”

After nearly every other A-list actress in Hollywood turned down the female lead role in “His Girl Friday,” Rosalind Russell took the part and propelled herself into fame for subsequent films like “Gypsy” and “Auntie Mame.” Though she continued to enjoy success on film, she found even-greater reward on Broadway, winning a Tony for “Wonderful Town.”

After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Russell all but abandoned acting to focus on charity work, for which she won the 1972 Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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