Katharine Ross Seemingly Made Peace at 83 with Only Daughter with Sam Elliott after Litigation
- Katharine Ross, the wife of Sam Elliott, recently celebrated her 83rd birthday.
- Ross has reconciled with their only daughter following legal disputes and misunderstandings.
- Sam shared insights into the success of their 38-year-long marriage.
Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross have become one of Hollywood's most enduring couples, celebrating their 38th anniversary in early 2023. Maintaining a long-lasting marriage as celebrities in the United States is a remarkable achievement.
Elliott, recognized for his iconic roles in films like "Tombstone" and "The Big Lebowski," is well-known for his distinctive mustache and penchant for portraying cowboys, military figures, and bikers. The actor has also appeared in TV series such as "The Ranch" and "Justified."
Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott at the Second Annual Benefit Concert for Malibu Emergency Room on March 18, 1984,\\u00a0in Malibu, California | Source: Getty Images
The couple first met in 1978 on the set of "The Legacy" in London, where they portrayed a romantic pair. Elliott's extensive career in the entertainment industry, including voice-over work as the mascot "Smokey Bear," has solidified his status as one of Hollywood's most prominent leading men.
Nearly a decade before starring in "A Star Is Born" alongside Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Elliott had a minor role in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
However, it wasn't until "The Legacy" that he and Ross became acquainted, as he previously described himself as a mere "shadow on the wall" compared to the leading lady.
Sam Elliott and Katherine Ross at the 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards May 31, 2015, in Beverly Hills, California | Source: Getty Images
Destiny brought Elliott and Ross together, and by 2018 they were splitting their time between homes in Oregon and California. Elliott has admitted that maintaining a successful marriage requires effort but is ultimately rewarding.
The couple's shared sensibilities have contributed to the longevity of their relationship, as well as their mutual love and respect for one another.
They have navigated the inevitable highs and lows by persevering and putting in the work necessary to ensure their relationship endures. "[It is] through mutual love and a mutual respect” that their relationship has progressed, the actor added.
Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott at Plaza Classic Film Festival press conference on August 2, 2019, in El Paso, Texas | Source: Getty Images
In 2017, Elliott expressed his belief that their love for each other was the foundation of their successful marriage. He shared that he had always wanted two things in life: a career in the film industry and a loving family.
While he has achieved both goals, the road has not always been smooth. Ross and the couple's daughter have faced their share of misunderstandings, but those issues have since been resolved.
Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross at documentary premiere of "The Chainsaw Artist" September 14, 2019, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
At 83, Katharine Ross Reconciled with Her Daughter, Resolving past Issues and Legal Disputes
On January 29, 2023, Katharine Ross celebrated her 83rd birthday. Prior to this milestone, in September 2022, it came to light that the actress had obtained a restraining order in 2011 against her and Sam Elliott's daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott, following an alleged violent incident.
At the time of the event, Katharine, who starred in "The Graduate," was 71, while Cleo was 26. According to reports, Katharine claimed Cleo had "verbally and emotionally abused" her since childhood. The situation escalated as Cleo reached her teenage years, culminating in the alleged attack.
Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, and their daughter Cleo Elliott Ross at the premiere of "The Hero" June 5, 2017, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
Katharine filed the protective order without legal representation, and the root cause of the dispute remains unclear. However, by Christmas Day in 2022, it appeared that the mother-daughter duo had reconciled.
Cleo shared two Instagram photos of herself and Katharine bonding over a puzzle, a pastime they both enjoyed. The post's captions highlighted their shared love for the activity.
Sam Elliott, Katharine Ross, and their daughter Cleo Rose Elliott and a guest at The Moscow Circus on March 14, 1990, in Inglewood, California | Source: Getty Images
The pair seemed to have resolved their differences and were on better terms by the time Katharine turned 83. Sam Elliott, on the other hand, appeared to maintain a harmonious relationship with his daughter throughout this period.
With the family seemingly on better terms, they continue to move forward and celebrate life's milestones together.
Sam Enjoys Strolling Around their Malibu Property with Cleo
In 2017, Sam Elliott opened up about his love for spending time with his daughter Cleo, who was 32 at the time. The actor expressed that he cherished every moment and "just really love[d]" being with Cleo, regardless of the activity.
Sam Elliott and his daughter Cleo Rose Elliott at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hero" June 5, 2017, in Hollywood, California | Source: Getty Images
Taking walks with his singer-songwriter daughter, particularly along the beach near his Malibu home, was among his favorite pastimes.
In December 2008, it was announced that Cleo, then 24, would be releasing her first solo album at the end of January 2009, a few years prior to the family's significant turmoil. The musician's work was said to be influenced by her "polar-opposite musical training and preferences."
In 2017, Sam Elliott opened up about his love for spending time with his daughter Cleo, who was 32 at the time. The actor expressed that he cherished every moment with Cleo, regardless of the activity. Taking walks with his singer-songwriter daughter, particularly along the beach near his Malibu home, was among his favorite pastimes.
Sam Elliott and his daughter Cleo Rose Elliott at the premiere of "A Star Is Born" on September 24, 2018, in Los Angeles, California | Source: Getty Images
As an only child, Cleo learned to play the flute and studied guitar in school. Despite her instrumental skills, she always considered herself a singer first and foremost.
Her famous parents, Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott, consistently supported her musical aspirations. Cleo revealed that she inherited her parents' old vinyl records and enjoyed albums such as "Heartbeat City" by The Cars, "Eat a Peach" by the Allman Brothers, and classics from Led Zeppelin, as well as some of Madonna's early work.
Cleo attended Malibu High for three years before transferring to Colin McEwan High School. By the time she graduated, she had already discovered her passion for music.
Cleo trained as a classical singer under the guidance of her teacher, Charity Chapman, and believed that classical opera was the ideal vocal warm-up for rock music. This approach, she claimed, prevented her from losing her voice while "[rocking] out" during performances.
Cleo started singing at a young age with encouragement from her grandmother. She expressed a preference for live performances over recording sessions, further illustrating her dedication to her craft.
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