Sporting red, yellow and green beads in her hair, actress Katie Holmes brought a bit of a bohemian vibe to The Russian Tea Room as she stepped into character to film a scene for her upcoming comedy, The Extra Man.
If the movie had been made in 1979, The Russian Tea Room’s young coat check clerk– a girl with stars in her eyes named Madonna– would have handled the actors’ mantles. It seems only fitting that a future entertainment legend would choose a New York City landmark as a place to learn about life in the limelight.
A star in its own right since opening its doors in 1927, the crimson-colored booths of The Russian Tea Room have shared the silver screen with Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft in The Turning Point and Woody Allen in Manhattan. The Big Apple eatery has played a role in the romantic lives of luminaries as well, with British comedian Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean) marrying his love Sunetra Sastry at the venue in 1990.