Born in Riga, Latvia, Rutanya Alda first stole moviegoers' heart-ons in her debut as Linda the Shoplifter in Greetings (1968). She continued working her swinging stuff in bizarre films of the times such as Hi, Mom! (1970), a.k.a. Confessions of a Peeping John, but it wasn't until the gritty film The Panic in Needle Park (1971) and Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973) that Hollywood stood up and took notice. Pants stood up with her sole nude scene onscreen in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973). She played a topless hooker who made Old West crusty stars James Coburn and Kris Kristofferson buck their broncos. She even corralled a bit of bush for the cowboys. She's gone on to a strong supporting, although skinless, career. She was a dear in The Deer Hunter (1978), she was hot stuff in The Stuff (1985), she was quite a ride in Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989), and she was out of bounds in The Ref (1994). She continues to work, and, as long as she's warm, there's always opportunity to heat up the screen again.
Wirey Spindell (2000) - as Coach's Wife