Betsy Russell
Betsy Russell is best known for her starring role in the Saw films as the Jigsaw Killer’s ex-wife. The last film in the installation, which will be in 3D, is set to be released at the end of October. With her stunning good looks and passion to succeed, Betsy Russell moved to Los Angeles during her teenage years to pursue her dream of acting. This realization was sparked by a gig she’d landed in a Pepsi commercial in her hometown of San Diego.

Throughout various movie and television appearances, including a star role in 1983’s Private School, Russell kept herself busy with jobs. It wasn’t until a visit to the infamous Playboy Mansion that she would meet her now ex-husband, actor and tennis player Vincent Van Patten. Together, they have two sons. Aside from Saw 3D, Russell will be appearing in this year’s Unearthed, a SyFy adventure television film, as well as Chain Letter, a horror flick.

Where were you born ?
San Diego
How long in Los angeles:
30 years
Malibu, Calif.
Actress, mother and life coach to my family and friends
Favorite Restaurant:
Dan Tanna’s in West Hollywood
Best Sushi:
Zuma Sushi, Malibu
Best Ethnic Food:
Casa Vega, Sherman Oaks
Best Italian:
Terroin’s, Los Angeles
Best place for late night dining:
Taverna Tony’s Malibu
Best dessert:
Malibu Yogurt
Best place for a romantic date:
Shutters, Santa Monica
Best Sunday brunch:
Ritz Carlton, Marina Del Rey
Hautest Club/Lounge:
Guys and Dolls, Hollywood
Best place for a power business meeting:
Craft, in LA
All-around favorite spot in Los angeles:
Malibu of course
If you have out of town guests, which hotel would you recommend?
SLS, Los Angeles
Favorite shopping venue/boutique:
Pinnicle, Malibu
Best place to buy Jewelry/Watches:
Wanna Buy A Watch, LA Singlestone, LA
Best Spa:
Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai Valley, Calif.
Favorite Charity Event:
Getting out by going in.
Favorite Cultural Event:
Favorite Cultural Institution:
Best Aspect of Los angeles:
Everyone thinks LA is so big. It is spread out but it also has a quaint vibe and after awhile you know everyone! It’s a great place to chase your dreams and actually have fun bringing them to fruition. If you don’t fall into the traps of drugs and hype, LA is truly a great place for opportunity and of course the weather is always fantastic as well!
Best Steakhouse:
Maestro’s Beverly Hills
Best Pizza:
D’amores, Malibu
Best Lunch:
Ivy at the shore, Santa Monica
Best Gym/Athletic Facility:
Malibu Gym
Best Massage:
Peggie Segren
Best Limousine/Driving Service:
I pay my out of work friends to drive me!
Best Museum/Exhibit:
50 year retrospective, MOCA
Favorite historic/legendary place to see or explore:
Anything in Rome
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