- Birthday:Sept. 6, 1963
- Birth Place:San Diego, California, USA
- Birth Name:Elizabeth Russell
- Height:5' 5" (1.65 m)
- Biography:Born in San Diego, California, Betsy Russell, is best known for her starring role as "Jill Tuck," the ex-wife of the Jigsaw Killer in the Saw film series. Russell was born into a family of educators, her father, iconic economist Richard Russell wrote news letters about the stock market for over 50 years called the Dow Theory Letters, and her grandfather, Max Lerner, was an author and syndicated columnist, and said to be one of the great minds of our time. Russell was destined for greatness, and decided to set the bar high for herself when making career moves and goals. At 16 years old, she landed her first real gig in the business, a Pepsi commercial in her hometown of San Diego. The La Jolla, California native has performed in local plays and didn't start her acting career until a little more than a year ago when she graduated from Mission Bay High School in San Diego, California, USA in 1981. This sparked a fire within her, and she immediately made the move to Los Angeles to pursue acting full time. Russell landed her first television role on a series called The Powers of Matthew Star (1982) with one line. Television roles began to pour in, until she landed an audition for a film that would change her career, the 1983 sex-comedy, cult classic film Private School (1983). She booked the role on the spot, being cast as "Jordon Leigh-Jensen," playing opposite her idol Phoebe Cates. The film launched Russell into Hollywood stardom, and she quickly became known as the "it-girl". Her scene riding a horse topless in slow motion made Russell an 80s icon. She continued to work steadily in film, starring in movies such as Tomboy (1985), Avenging Angel (1985), Cheerleader Camp (1988), and made cameos in top television series including The A-Team (1983), T.J. Hooker (1982) and Family Ties (1982). In the height of her career, she met actor and tennis star Vincent Van Patten at The Playboy Mansion, where she visited frequently as her grandfather was a close friend of Hugh M. Hefner. Van Patten and Russell married in 1989, and had two beautiful boys. Russell decided to take a hiatus from acting, to focus on her family, and raising her children. Van Patten and Russell divorced in 2001, and Russell decided to move to Malibu, California, to continue raising her family. Soon after her divorce, she received a call from Saw producer Mark Burg about an upcoming role in the series. Russell jumped at the opportunity to work with one of the biggest horror series in the history of film, and returned to the silver screen starring as "Jill Tuck" in Lionsgate and Twisted Picture's Saw III (2006), Saw IV (2007), Saw V (2008), Saw VI (2009), and now, the highly anticipated Saw 3D: The Final Chapter (2010), which will be released internationally in 3-D in fall 2010. In addition to Saw VII, Russell can also be seen starring in the SyFy adventure television film Mandrake (2010), and the New Films International's horror flick Chain Letter (2009), opposite Nikki Reed and Keith David in 2010. Russell lives in Malibu, California with her sons Duke and Vinny. In addition to acting, Russell is an avid writer, has a huge passion for various charities, and she holds a real estate license. She is a certified hypnotherapist, but her true passion lies in Spiritual Psychology. She completed a two-year program at The University of Santa Monica in this field, and hopes to help others in regards to healing their issues, and learning communication skills.