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Also Known As: Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell Died: February 28, 2011
Born: June 21, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bemidji, Minnesota, USA Profession: Cast ... actor singer model receptionist


Made virtually synonymous with voluptuousness by Hollywood publicists and press in the 1940s and 1950s, Jane Russell's talents as a dramatic actress and musical performer were given significantly less attention than her statuesque figure. She was brought to fame by Howard Hughes, who made a fetish of her image in the controversial B-Western "The Outlaw" (1943). Russell smoldered quite spectacularly on screen, but showed a particular knack for both a wisecrack and a song, as demonstrated in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) and other musicals. She was teamed to great effect on several occasions with Bob Hope in such films as "The Paleface" (1948) and with Robert Mitchum in "His Kind of Woman" (1951), both of which gave her ample opportunity to poke fun at her sexualized screen persona. She left Hollywood in the mid-1960s for sporadic work on stage and in commercials; the latter gave her a third-act boost of fame as the spokesperson for Playtex's bras for "full-figured gals." One of the last of the true Hollywood bombshells - blonde or otherwise - Russell's highly-sexualized screen persona overshadowed a consummate professional, under-appreciated for her talents and commitment to her craft.

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