Elliot and Ross first connected in 1969 but they didn't begin dating until they shared screen space in 'The Legacy' a decade later.
What a night it was for Sam Elliott, the 1883 star! The 78-year-old performer was overcome with emotion after winning at the SAG Awards 2023 on February 26, even though the actor has previously been nominated for Academy Awards as well as Golden Globes. In an emotional speech, he expressed his gratitude to Katharine Ross, his wife of 40 years, who had joined him to honor his accomplishment, per Country Living.
Elliott won the prize in the category of Outstanding Performance in a Television Movie or Limited Series, per PEOPLE. The actor delivered an emotional acceptance speech after receiving the honor and called it the "most meaningful acknowledgment of my 55-year career." He praised his wife, his co-stars, Taylor Sheridan, and the other nominees. He stated, "Thank you to my wife, my beautiful Katharine. My partner through thick and thin and the mother of our beautiful daughter."
Cleo Rose Elliott, daughter of Elliott and Ross, posted a video to her Instagram Story to honor her father's victory. Cleo put up the adorable Instagram story of her parents hugging each other at the awards, captioning it, "Congratulations, Dad!" Before the ceremony, Elliot and Ross walked the red carpet together. The 83-year-old Oscar-nominated actress Ross has starred in a large number of films and television programs, such as The Graduate and The Stepford Wives. The two first connected in 1969 while working on the set of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, but they didn't begin dating until they shared screen space in The Legacy a decade later.
Marriage is an effort, but it's worth it, Elliott told AARP. "We have a common sensibility, but we also work at being together," he said. "You work past the s**t; you don't walk away from it. That's how relationships last." Cleo Rose, Elliott and Ross' only child, is especially very close to her father. Sam also acknowledged how much he loved and found fulfillment in being a parent more than anything else in his life. The actor shared that the role of fatherhood is what completes him. “It’s great to have a nice career—I’ve been doin’ it almost 50 years,” said Elliott. “It’s what I wanted to do since I was 8 years old, and I’m fulfilled on that level.” But being a dad? That’s even more fulfilling, he says. “It completes me. I’ve been married one time and I have one daughter, who I love more than anyone in the world. And that’s where my world is.”
“I just really love being with Cleo. It doesn’t really matter what we’re doing,” Elliott said to Parade in 2017, adding that he especially likes exploring rocks with Cleo as they stroll along the beach close to his Malibu house.
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