Lance Brisson, son of Rosalind Russell, was born into an entertainment family. His grandfather, Carl Brisson, was an actor and world renowned nightclub entertainer who appeared in 12 films, including two silent movies directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Lance’s father, Frederick Brisson, was a film and Broadway producer with 28 shows to his credit, including the original productions of The Pajama Game (1954-1956) and Damn Yankees (1955-1957), both of which won Tony Awards as Best Musical.
As he grew up, Lance enjoyed his exposure to the entertainment industry, but he realized early on that he didn’t want to follow in his parents’ professional footsteps. Setting out to find his own career path, he worked first in journalism, then politics and government and ultimately in the communications business.
He was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, wrote for national magazines and produced and reported news for a San Francisco television station. His government experience included a one-year Congressional Fellowship and service as a Congressional legislative aide, Vice President of the Los Angeles City Civil Service Commission, a Los Angeles City Telecommunications Commissioner and senior manager in several Los Angeles County departments.
Today Lance is Chief Operating Officer of Winner & Associates, a strategic communications firm owned by Publicis Group, the third largest communication group worldwide.
Though he is not professionally connected to the entertainment industry, Lance feels that when one is born into show business, it can have a positive impact on you for the rest of your life. Lance and his wife Lane enjoy the arts and regularly go to the opera and live theatre. They are also fans of both current films and classic movies.
Lance is a member of the board of directors of the Rosalind Russell Medical Research Center for Arthritis at the University of California at San Francisco. In 1978 the U. S. Congress established the center to posthumously honor his mother for her almost single-handed efforts to focus the nation’s attention on the seriousness of the disease. It has since become a world leader in arthritis research and especially in finding ways to improve the quality of life for people with the world’s number one crippling disease.