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Sam Elliott's Wife Once Asked for Help after Daughter Tried to Kill Her

Edduin Carvajal
Aug 06, 2021
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In reality, many mothers and daughters turn out to be each other's best friends. However, for Hollywood star Katharine Ross, she once had to ask a judge for a restraining order against her own daughter. 

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Years ago, Katharine Ross was attacked with scissors by her 36-year-old daughter. This incident led to Ross cutting her daughter out of her life for a certain period of time in her life. 

Fans know Ross as the "it girl" of the 1960s and 1970s when she starred in hit movies like "The Graduate" with Dustin Hoffman and "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" with Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and then-husband-to-be Sam Elliott. Now, they've been married for over three decades.

Sam Elliot Accepts the Best Supporting Actor award for "A Star Is Born" onstage during The National Board of Review Annual Awards Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on January 8, 2019 in New York City (center), Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, daughter Cleo Elliott, and Sam Elliott's mother attend the "We Were Soldiers" Westwood Premiere on February 25, 2002 at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood, California (right), Katharine Ross attends a 50th anniversary screening of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" during the 2019 Plaza Classic Film Festival at The Plaza Theatre on August 02, 2019 in El Paso, Texas (left) | Photo: Getty Images

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FINDING HER TRUE LOVE

Although she's been married five times throughout her career, her marriage to Elliott has lasted since 1984, standing the test of time. Together, they share a daughter named Cleo Rose. Unfortunately, she didn't share a good relationship with her daughter. 

Ross, 81, lives a quiet life in Malibu away from show business with her husband.

Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, and Cleo Rose Elliott at the premiere of "The Hero" in June 2017 | Source: Getty Images

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THE PAINFUL INCIDENT

In 2011, Ross asked for a restraining order against Cleo Rose after she allegedly threatened to kill her in her own home in Malibu. In her formal complaint, the actress explained that her daughter had always abused her verbally and emotionally but that when she entered adolescence, she became more violent.

During the incident that caused her to file a restraining order against Cleo, her daughter allegedly lost her temper and expressed her desire to kill her own mother. She then kicked in a cupboard door in the kitchen and proceeded to follow her mom around the house.

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THE SURPRISING ATTACK

Reportedly, Cleo went for her mother's eye, and when Ross tried to call the police, her daughter cut the line with scissors. Right after that, she was stabbed with a pair of scissors that pierced through her clothes and left marks on her skin.

The restraining order entered into force on March 8, 2011, and was supposed to take effect until a hearing at the end of that same month. It was established that Cleo was to be at least 100 yards from her mother's house, car, or wherever she was.

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HER RESTRAINING ORDER

None of the parties appeared in the hearing, so the restraining order was suspended. It was later revealed that the duo patched things up as they started appearing on red carpet events together with Elliott in later years.

Now, ten years after the incident, Ross, 81, lives a quiet life in Malibu away from show business with her husband. Her latest sighting was back in June when she made a visit to the post office. 

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HER MOST RECENT APPEARANCE

During the outing, the Golden Globe Award winner wore a blue and white striped shirt, jeans, and a pair of trusty leather boots. She accessorized her look with a white and blue scarf, and of course, a face mask to keep herself safe against COVID-19. 

While her blond locks were replaced by gray hair, Ross still kept her youthful glow through the years. She does not only look good but looks healthy as well, which is of utmost importance, especially amid the pandemic.

am Elliott and Katharine Ross arrive at the premiere of "The Good Dinosaur" on November 17, 2015 in Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

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ABOUT KATHARINE ROSS

Although Ross was born in Hollywood, she spent her childhood in Walnut Creek, near San Francisco. While studying in Santa Rosa, California, she developed a passion for acting. 

After her realization, she moved back to Los Angeles. However, it wasn't easy for her to make it to Hollywood, and she struggled. In fact, at the time, she could not afford to buy a telephone. 

Katharine Ross and actor Sam Elliott attend the Second Annual Benefit Concert for the Malibu Emergency Room on March 18, 1984 at the Firestone Fieldhouse, Pepperdine University in Malibu, California | Photo: Getty Images

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HER BIG BREAK

Things started to shape up after she landed an agent. Her beauty won the attention of many, and she began her career by guest-starring TV shows like "The Big Valley."

Two years later, she was finally given her big hit, which was "The Graduate." She played the college graduate that Dustin Hoffman's character falls in love with.

Katharine Ross and Sam Elliott attend the 16th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 30, 1981 at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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LEADING TO HER ROMANCE

While she had another film called "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here," it was her next film "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid" that made her an A-list superstar. After the commercial hit, her projects started piling up. 

In 1978, she had a horror film project titled "The Legacy." It was there that he fell in love with her co-star, Sam Elliott. While they had met in the "Butch Cassidy" project, it was only in their second film together that sparks flew. 

Sam Elliott and wife Katharine Ross attend the premiere of "The China Syndrome" on March 6, 1979 at Cinerama Dome Theater in Universal, California | Photo: Getty Images

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ABOUT SAM ELLIOTT

By 1984, the lovely couple decided to get married. They welcomed their daughter Cleo that same year. She was previously married four times, to Gaetano Lisi, Conrad Hall, John Marion, and Joel Fabiani. 

Like Ross, Elliott is also active in the industry. Recently, he starred on the TV series "Justified," and played Bradley Cooper's older brother in "A Star Is Born." He also played Jane Fonda's long-lost lover in "Grace And Frankie."

Sam Elliott attends the "Tennis and Crumpet Tournament" on May 21, 1977 at Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, California | Photo: Getty Images

When he was younger, Elliott's father doubted his capabilities to make it in Hollywood. In fact, he once said: "You haven't got a snowball's chance in hell in Hollywood." 

Instead of making that statement break him, it motivated him to do well. Unfortunately, his father had only seen about one or two of his plays when he was starting out in the industry. 

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