Her height is 5' 8" (1.73 m). Her measurements are: 33-23-34 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
Rene's salary is: The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) $5,000,000 and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998) $3,000,000.
Rene is the sister-in-law of John Gilroy and Tony Gilroy. She is the daughter-in-law of Frank D. Gilroy.
She was originally cast as Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever (1995) but, when Michael Keaton was replaced by Val Kilmer, she was replaced with Nicole Kidman because the producers felt that she was too old to be a convincing love interest for Kilmer.
Her daughter Rose was born in August 1993.
She is allergic to sesame.
At 10 years old Rene developed curvature of the spine and had to wear a body cast for 4 years.
Rene has seven siblings on her father's side. The late one-time auto mechanic turned sculptor Nino Russo had at least six other children besides Rene. They are: Jim, January Debra, Toni Lynn, David, and Anthony John Russo.
She's a model.
She was discovered at age 16 after attending a Rolling Stones concert.
She was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 10, she wore a body cast 48 weeks a year until she was 14. "Every six months, I got a two-week break."
Rene: I hate to gamble because I hate losing. I'm one of those people who would just keep doubling down 'til I lost my house.
Rene Russo: I wasn't going to say this, but I was just listening to Rosie O'Donnell and I have to tell you, I wanted to burst into tears.
Rene Russo: I wanted Raging Bull. I wanted Casino. I got Rocky and Bullwinkle. But that's OK, because I still get to tell people I've worked with Robert De Niro.
Rene Russo: There is so much more than that little space from 14 to 40. And if you cut that off and begin to believe that you are not good past a certain age, then you end up scared and insecure and afraid. That is definitely NOT beautiful.
Rene Russo: That's a really good question - what is it like living with a writer? I guess it depends on the writer. You know what? They live in a fantasy world a lot of the time. My husband lives in a fantasy world. It's really hard for him to be in the world, because if his head isn't in a script, I guess to write what he does, he has to sort of twist the world a little bit and live in a fantasy. And I think he doesn't live in reality - in my reality, let's put it that way. He's much more "Everything's fine fine fine and everything's good good good," and I'm like, "What, are you nuts? Everything's rotten and sucks."
Rene Russo: All of us are broken - some of use more than others. It might be a nurturing, mother thing. I do think there is that, "Oh my God, you're hurting. I know what that feels like and I'd like to be there and support you in that."
Rene Russo: It never really dawned on me that, gee, I'm 45 and I'm taking off my clothes. For me it was a matter of living inside the character.(On her nude scenes in The Thomas Crown Affair-1999)