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Cleo Rose Elliott: The Life of Sam Elliott’s Daughter and the Relationship with Her Mother Katharine Ross

Titi Dokubo
Jul 19, 2022
10:20 A.M.

Cleo Rose Elliott is the only daughter of the celebrity couple Sam Elliott and Katharine Ross. She is a model and musician. Here are more details about her and her relationship with her mother.


Her father is a highly decorated American actor famous for his resounding voice and distinctive look; he has starred in several Western films.

He and his wife, film and stage actress Katharine Ross have a daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott, a musician based in Malibu, California, where her parents have a seaside ranch.


With musical influences such as Guns N' Roses and Pink Floyd, Cleo rose to fame in her 20s with her hit "No More Lies." In 2003, she added modeling to her list of talents and had been featured in Malibu Times Magazine.

She once revealed that her celebrity parents support her passions and are happy she does not want to walk in their footsteps as an actor.


Cleo was born on September 17, 1984, in California. For three years, she attended Malibu High but graduated from Colin McEwan High School.


As an only child, she occupied her time by learning to play flute and some guitar in school. However, after graduating high school, she trained as a classical singer with Charity Chapman.


Cleo's parents always encouraged her musical goals, like her grandmother, who encouraged her to sing since she was a young child. She said:

"I got all their old vinyl. So some of my favorite albums are Led Zeppelin, The Cars' 'Heartbeat City,' the Allman Brothers' 'Eat a Peach' and maybe some old Madonna."

The talented singer and model is also a fan of musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Fiona Apple, and Sheryl Crow. In 2020, she dabbled into acting as she starred as Kandy Kane in "Murder for Dummies."


Cleo is also an animal lover who owns cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses and keeps a low-key profile. While her Instagram account is private, she has only posted one photo, showing a lack of interest in sharing her life with the public.

She was dating cyclist, adventurer, and video maker Randy Christopher Bates and they had been together since at least 2013, based on the first photo he posted of them on Instagram.


Their last appearance as a couple was in 2019 when they attended the Oscars, where Cleo's father was nominated for his role in "A Star Is Born."

He used to tag her as his "fiance" in their photos, but since she is private, it is unknown whether they got married or are still together. However, Bates seemed to have a good relationship with Cleo's parents.



In March 2011, Ross filed a restraining order against Cleo, who she said had repeatedly stabbed her in the arm. In the restraining order, Ross said Cleo had:

"Verbally and emotionally abused me even as a little girl but became increasingly violent at age 12 or 13."

While no one knows what instigated the incident, the family suspended the request for the restraining order less than 30 days after it had been granted. Despite the incident, the family has presented a united front as they sometimes attend events together.

Katharine Ross and Cleo Rose Elliott at the premiere of "Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut" on July 15, 2004 | Source: Getty Images

Katharine Ross and Cleo Rose Elliott at the premiere of "Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut" on July 15, 2004 | Source: Getty Images



Cleo's father, Sam, is known for his roles in "The Ranch," "Mask," "The Roadhouse," "Tombstone," "The Big Lebowski," "I'll See You in My Dreams," "Justified," and more.

Ross is an actress famous for her iconic roles in "The Graduate," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," and "The Stepford Wives." She had met Sam in 1978 while filming "The Legacy in London."

Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, and Cleo Rose Elliott at the premiere of "A Star Is Born" on September 24, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, and Cleo Rose Elliott at the premiere of "A Star Is Born" on September 24, 2018 | Source: Getty Images

However, that was not the first time she had worked in the same movie as her actor husband as he had a small role in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," even though they never met on set.

The following year after they met, Katharine Ross divorced her fourth husband and married Sam in 1984. Later that year, they welcomed their daughter Cleo, whom Sam said was the love of his life.

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