Keri Russell: marriage ends, home burgled

Keri Russell

Keri Russell, star of tv show 'The Americans', has had a tough year. She has split from husband Shane Deary after seven years of marriage.

And her Brooklyn Heights apartment was burglarized by two men in the middle of the night. Russell was at home at the time and called 911.

In 2013, she starred in 'Austenland' and 'Dark Skies'.

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Keri Russell

Keri Russell, one of Hollywood's most beautiful actresses, was born March 23, 1976 in Fountain Valley, California. Russell was a hearthrob for millions of young men, who watched her show Felicity from 1998 to 2002. She was famous for her beautiful, curly hair.

Television: Stars with Matthew Rhys in 'The Americans' a drama series created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg. Set during the Cold War in the 1980s, 'The Americans' tells the story of Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American couple in Washington D.C.

Russell's best movies: The Upside of Anger (2004); Waitress (2007); Wonder Woman (2009).

Russell's worst movies: Eight Days A Week (1997); The Curve (1998); Bedtime Stories (2008).

Critic's view: BBC writes of The Waitress, A truly terrific turn from Russell is what makes Waitress worth watching; her ability to switch seamlessly between comedic and poignant moments makes her impossible to dislike.

Critic's view: J.J. Abrams, Felicity co-creator and mastermind of Lost and Alias, says of Russell, We're the ones who learned from her. She had been doing this for so long. She came in, was maternal to the crew, was always prepared, and she helped other actors with their lines.

Did you know?: When Russell cut her hair short in the second season of Felicity, it caused a national storm and damaged the show's ratings. Years later, people still ask Russell, Why did you cut your hair?.

On how she got into show business: I was a dancer and I went with my dance friends to go audition for something on the Disney Channel, which happened to be the Mickey Mouse Club, and they said, ‘Do you want to move to Florida and work with all these other kids and ride Space Mountain for free every day?’ ‘Yeah, that sounds great.’ And get to miss school for two months? ‘Shit, that sounds great.’

On leaving the tv show Felicity: I wasn’t surviving. I needed to be able to sleep past seven o'clock or not worry about how long my hair was or not worry about going to a photo shoot or not worry about saying the right thing in an interview... I took my money, rented an apartment in the West Village, brought two boxes of books and a suitcase, and had my mattress on the floor. I'd basically been working since I was 15 years old. I'd missed out on a lot of those years when you mess up or do bad things. I'd been so responsible for so long. I needed to check out.

By Athina Simonidou