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|Also Known As:||Died:||February 28, 2011|
|Born:||June 21, 1921||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Bemidji, Minnesota, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
RATE AND COMMENT
Family moved to Van Nuys after father received promotion
Signed to a seven-year contract by film mogul Howard Hughes
Made her film debut in "The Outlaw"; film completed in 1941, and released for a limited showing two years later; had a general release in 1946
Moved with first husband Bob Waterfield to Georgia when he was drafted; put on suspension by Hughes
Re-established professional relationship with Hughes; loaned to United Artists to star in "The Young Widow"
Was well-received in singing stints at the Latin Quarter Club in Miami Beach and on Kay Kyser's "Kollege of Fun and Knowledge" musical program
Enjoyed first genuine success onscreen in "The Paleface" oppposite Bob Hope
Performed stage act in London and New York City
Enjoyed biggest box office success of her career with "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," co-starring Marilyn Monroe
Weathered censorship scandal surrounding two scenes (one in a bubble bath, the other a dance number) from "The French Line"
Formed Russ-Field Productions with her husband Bob Waterfield as executive producer
Recorded several religious-themed singles and albums with Beryl Davis, Connie Haines and Della Russell (no relation; later replaced by Rhonda Fleming); billed themselves as "The Four Girls"; performed on nightclub circuit and on TV for several years
Negotiated new contract to make five films for Hughes; was to be paid $1000 per week for 20 years
Made last feature film for seven years, the unsuccessful "The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown"
Debuted in a successful solo nightclub act at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas
Released a self-titled solo album with MGM Records
Appeared in summer stock and regional theater in such plays as "Janus," "Skylark" and "Bells Are Ringing"
Returned to film for featured role in "Fate is the Hunter"
Last film to date, "Darker Than Amber"
Made Broadway debut as a replacement for Elaine Stritch in "Company"
Made a long series of TV commercials in the 1970s for the Playtex "Cross Your Heart" bra
Wrote her autobiography, <i>Jane Russell: My Path and My Detours</i>
Played Rose Hollister on the primetime TV drama, "The Yellow Rose" (NBC)
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