Betsy Russell Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Joan Agie
Jan 31, 2024 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on May 13, 2022
Before becoming an American actress, Betsy Russell studied at the University of Santa Monica.
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About Betsy Russell

Elizabeth 'Betsy' Russell was born in San Diego, California, the United States, on September 6, 1963.
Betsy is a famous actress renowned globally for her roles in the teen comedy film 'Private School' in 1983, 'Tomboy' in 1985, 'Cheerleader Camp' in 1988, and in the famous horror film series 'Saw' as Jill Tuck for four years from 2006 to 2010. Elizabeth Russell Russel completed her education at Mission Bay High School and the University of Santa Monica.
She also managed to bag the Eyegore Award for her film role in 'Saw 3D'.

Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Betsy Russell's net worth?

Betsy Russell's net worth is estimated to be around $5 million.

How much does Betsy Russell earn per year?

Betsy Russell's earnings per year are estimated to be around $400,000.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Betsy Russell?

Betsy Russell's height is 5 ft 4 in (162.5 cm).

How old is Betsy Russell?

Betsy Russell will turn 59 years in 2022. She was born in San Diego, California.

Childhood And Education

On September 6, 1963, Betsy Russell was born in San Diego, California, United States. Her father was Richard Lion Russell. He was a stock analyst, and she was the granddaughter of Max Lerner from her mother's side. Max was a Russian-born educator and journalist of America. Her mother was Constance Née Lerner. Both Betsy's maternal grandfather and father were Jewish people.
Betsy Russell desired to be an actress and was passionate about her goals from the age of eight. So, she began taking part in her school plays as an actor. While she was in high school, she made an appearance in a Pepsi commercial that was locally taped. In 1981, she graduated from Mission Bay High School and shifted to Los Angeles.
It was then that she started taking classes for acting to hone her skills which helped her take her first role as an actress. She was enrolled at the University of Santa Monica, where she received her spiritual psychology master's degree. She is a certified life coach and hypnotist.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Betsy Russell’s partner?

Betsy Russell currently lives in Malibu, California. Betsy got engaged to the American actor and professional tennis player Vincent Van Patten who was the son of American actor and businessman Richard Vincent Van Patten, in August 1988. On May 27, 1989, almost a year later, the couple got married in North Hollywood. They held their wedding reception in the home of Van Patten's father in the Sherman Oaks.
Several A-list celebrities were invited and attended the function; however, in 2001, they both separated. They have two sons, Richard Van Patten, born in March 1993, and Vincent Van Patten, Jr., born on September 3, 1995. Previously, Betsy was engaged to the film producer and actor Mark Burg.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

Betsy Russell is one of the famous actresses of the current generation. Betsy Russell made her debut with the film 'Let's Do It!' in 1982 with her role as Kittie. She was also cast in several other television programs such as 'T.J. Hooker,' a police drama program in the same year, the American sitcom TV series 'Family Ties,' and the American sci-fi TV series 'The Powers Of Matthew Star' as Dawn. However, Betsy's first groundbreaking role is considered to be in the teen comedy film 'Private School' as Jordan Leigh Jensen.
Betsy Russell, in 1985, was offered to audition for the American western film 'Silverado' but refused it since she was busy shooting for the action thriller film 'Avenging Angel.' In an interview, Betsy Russell was seen talking about the role she missed for that film and exclaimed that nothing happens for no reason.
In the '80s, she appeared in several B movies, including the teen comedy film 'Tomboy' (1985) and 'Cheerleader Camp' (1988), in which John Quinn made his directorial debut. A number of Betsy Russell's TV series' appearances include Tina Andrian Prescott in the 'A-team,' Doris Robinson in 'Murder, She Wrote,' Christy in '1st & Ten', and Seren in 'Superboy' (1989) with her co-star Gerard Christopher from ‘Tomboy.’
Betsy Russell rekindled her career in acting after a brief retirement with a small role in the horror film 'Saw III' in 2006 as Jill Tuck, ex-wife of John Kremer, the main antagonist of the 'Saw' film series. Afterward, she was cast in its sequels, 'Saw IV' in 2007, 'Saw V' in 2008, 'Saw VI' in 2009, and 'Saw 3D' in 2010. She was cast to portray the role of Sergeant Hamill in the slasher film 'Chain Letter' in 2010, as Destiny in the thriller film 'My Trip Back To The Darkside' in 2014.
Her movies from the '90s include 'Campfire' as Jamie in 1991, 'Delta Heat' as Wicky Forbis in 1992, and 'The Break' as Candy in 1995. Several of her other TV series include 'Platypus Man' as Becky in 1995, 'Mandrake' as Felicia in 2010, 'Non-Stop' as Gayle in 2013, and 'Robot Chicken' as Laurie in 2013.

Charity Work

Nothing is known about the charity work of Betsy Russell.

What awards has Betsy Russell won?

In 2010, Elizabeth Russell was the winner of the Eyegore Award.

Betsy Russell's Hobbies And Interests

At the age of 8, Betsy Russell discovered her interest in acting, which compelled her to participate in school plays with passion in her eyes. After receiving her high school degree, she shifted to Los Angeles with the hope of building her career in acting. She took acting classes before landing her first role. Betsy Russell also believes in calming one's mind with spirituality that provides inner peace. She practices hypnosis to channel her thoughts and is a licensed hypnotist.

Other Interesting Betsy Russell's Facts And Trivia

  • Elizabeth Russell shifted to LA after she completed high school with the hope of becoming a professional actress and building her career in acting.
  • Betsy Russell was nearly eight years old when the interest in becoming an actress sparked in her eyes for the first time. Consequently, she started participating in school plays.
  • Betsy Russell was raised under the influence of Jewish since her three grandparents were Jewish.
  • Betsy's acting career started early with one of her initial appearances, including in a Pepsi commercial that was taped locally.
  • Betsy's role in 'Private School' earned her the nickname of the it-girl for her horseback riding scene as she played the character of Jordan Leigh Jensen.
  • Betsy Russell hails from a family of eminent personalities and famous writers. Her father wrote the Dow Theory Letters, while her maternal grandfather was a syndicated columnist. Hortense Lion, her grandmother, was one of the best-selling authors of her time.
  • Elizabeth Russell is a college graduate with a master's degree in the subject of spiritual psychology. She is also into real estate investments.
  • Having expertise in spiritual psychology, Elizabeth Russell has a license as a hypnotist, with which she helps calm her spirit and channel others' spirituality as well.
  • Due to their personal differences, Vincent Van patten and Betsy Russell decided to go for a divorce. Since then, she has focused most of her time on her career in the entertainment business.
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Betsy Russell Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Elizabeth "Betsy" Russell

Date of Birth




Place of Birth

San Diego



162 cm

Eye Color

Dark Brown




University of Santa Monica

Net Worth



Constance Lerner, Richard Russell

Annual Earnings

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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