Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Goodbye Jane Russell
World War II pin-up beauty Jane Russell passed away today of respiratory failure. She was at her house in Santa Maria, California.
Jane was best known as a voluptuous and controversial bombshell of 1940s and 1950s movies. She was the 'full-figured girl' in television bra ads and was just simply magnificent in comedies such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell on June 21, 1921, in Bemidji, Minnesota, she moved to Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley with her family. As she grew up, Jane wanted to design clothes and houses but she was working as a receptionist when she was conveniently spotted by a movie agent who submitted her photos to Howard Hughes.
Although Howard was famous for dating other amazingly glamorous actresses, Jane and Howard's relationship was completely professional. So, Howard Hughes was the genius of a man who put her in her in the movies. He designed the 'cadillac' bra for her 38D bust abd then he organised a photoshoot which had Jane lying on a bed of straw, looking every inch the bombshell in her tight-fitting peasant blouse which explosed one lovely shoulder.
Lo and behold, Jane was voted 'favourite actress' before the voters had even seen her act! But unlike other bombshells, there was absolutely no sound of scandal in her private life. Then, in 1953 Jane was paired with Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Such a good movie and such a fine lady. We will miss her dearly.