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Jane Russell

Actress

Born - 21 June 1921, Bemidji, Minnesota, USA
Died - 28 February 2011

Brunette, rangy, busty bombshell, well-liked by the public and tall for the 1940s at 5 feet 7 inches. At first famous only for her figure, she later blossomed in comedies with Bob Hope and films noirs opposite Robert Mitchum. Her sultry singing voice was also heard in several films, including two in the 'Gentlemen Prefer' series. Realistic about being best-known for her physical assets, she once said; 'Publicity can be terrible. But only if you don't have any'. She made her debut in the infamous western The Outlaw (1943), posing seductively in the hay in off-the-shoulder blouse, and supposedly wearing a special bra designed for her by producer/director Howard Hughes. 'I didn't actually wear it,' she later said. 'He just thought I did.' her subsequent career eventually got under way with Young Widow (1946) and she became quite popular from 1948 to 1954, especially in The Paleface (1948), His Kind of Woman (1951), Macao (1952), Son of Paleface (1952, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and The French Line (1954). After Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955), The Tall Men (1955), The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) and a few others, she disappeared from films until two latter day westerns, Johnny Reno and Waco in 1966. Her last was Darker Than Amber in 1971. Married to her first husband for 24 years, she outlived both her second and third spouses. She died from respiratory failure.