Rose Swisher, Bill Russell’s ex-wife

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Rose Swisher is the Ex-wife of Bill Russell. Rose Swisher’s ex-husband, Bill is an American former professional basketball player who played as a center for the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association from 1956 to 1969. Rose Swisher was the first woman Bill got married to.

Rose Swisher
Full Name Rose Swisher
popular asThe ex-wife of Bill Russell
Date married9 December 1956
Date Divorced1973
Children Karen Russell, Jacob Russell, William Russell Jr.

Rose Swisher got married to her husband, Bill Russell on 9 December 1956. her husband Basketball player Bill Russell was his college sweetheart, she got divorced from him in 1973. Her children’s names are Jacob Russell, William Russell Jr, Karen Russell.

Rose Swisher doesn’t have too much information publicly. She has been living a private life, far away from the media. Rose’s daughter Karen Russell is a television pundit and a lawyer.

However, after the couple grew emotionally distant and divorced. In 1977, Rose’s husband, Bill married Dorothy Anstett, Miss USA of 1968, but they divorced in 1980. The relationship was shrouded in controversy because Anstett was white. In 1996, Bill married his third wife, Marilyn Nault; their marriage lasted until her death in January 2009.  Rose Swisher’s husband, Bill is married to Jeannine Russell. He has been a resident of Mercer Island, Washington for over four decades.

During Rose’s Ex-husband’s career, he was one of the first big earners in NBA basketball. His 1956 rookie contract was worth $24,000, only fractionally smaller than the $25,000 of top earner Bob Cousy. Russell never had to work part-time. This was in contrast to other Celtics who had to work during the offseason to maintain their standard of living: Heinsohn sold insurance, Gene Guarilia was a professional guitar player, Cousy ran a basketball camp, and Auerbach invested in plastics and a Chinese restaurant. 

When Wilt Chamberlain became the first NBA player to earn $100,000 in salary in 1965, Rose’s Ex-husband went to Auerbach and demanded a $100,001 salary, which he promptly received. For his promotion to coach, the Celtics paid him an annual salary of $25,000 which was in addition to his salary as a player. Although the salary was touted in the press as a record for an NBA coach, it is unclear whether his continued $100,001 salary as a player was included in the calculation.


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