Gail Russell


Actor
Gail Russell

About

Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
September 21, 1924
Died
August 27, 1961
Cause of Death
Liver Damage From Acute And Chronic Alcoholism

Biography

Gail Russell was a big screen film actress known for powerful performances. Russell's career in acting began with her roles in various films like the Ginger Rogers drama "Lady in the Dark" (1944), "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944) and "The Uninvited" (1944). She also appeared in "Salty O'Rourke" (1945), "The Unseen" (1945) and "Our Hearts Were Growing Up" (1946). Her passion f...

Family & Companions

Guy Madison
Husband
Actor.

Biography

Gail Russell was a big screen film actress known for powerful performances. Russell's career in acting began with her roles in various films like the Ginger Rogers drama "Lady in the Dark" (1944), "Our Hearts Were Young and Gay" (1944) and "The Uninvited" (1944). She also appeared in "Salty O'Rourke" (1945), "The Unseen" (1945) and "Our Hearts Were Growing Up" (1946). Her passion for acting continued to her roles in projects like "Angel and the Badman" (1947), "Calcutta" (1947) and the musical "Variety Girl" (1947) with Mary Hatcher. She also appeared in "Moonrise" (1948), "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" (1948) and "Wake of the Red Witch" (1948). In the latter part of her career, she tackled roles in "Song of India" (1949), "The Great Dan Patch" (1949) and "The Lawless" (1950). She also appeared in "Seven Men From Now" (1956). Russell was most recently credited in "The Soul Man" (TV Land, 2012-16). Russell was married to Guy Madison. Russell passed away in August 1961 at the age of 37.

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Uninvited, The (1944) - Stella By Starlight Stella (Gail Russell) is flattered by the attention of Rick (Ray Milland), though nervous about visiting the house he’s bought with his sister, where her own mother died, leading to the introduction of the famous song by Victor Young, originally composed without lyrics, in The Uninvited, 1944.
Song of India - Open, Forbidden Jungle Opening credits and introduction of Maharajah Gopal (Turhan Bey), girlfriend Princess Tara (Gail Russell) and her dad, another Maharajah (Robert Barrat) from Columbia's Song of India, 1949.
Song of India - Not You, Dear Capture of rare jungle antelope, radio banter between expeditioners Tara (Gail Russell) and Gopal (Turhan Bey) and a most improbable wildlife montage from Columbia's Song of India, 1949.
Angel And The Badman (1947) - Quaker Stuff Conscious for the first time, days after being rescued by prairie Quakers, gunman Quirt Evans (John Wayne, in the first film he produced) has opening conversations with Penny (Gail Russell) and her mom (Irene Rich), in Angel And The Badman, 1947.
Angel And The Badman (1947) - Record In My Name Fleeing unidentified enemies, injured Evans (John Wayne, also the producer) falls into the custody of Quaker Worth (John Halloran) and daughter Penelope (Gail Russell), then insists on sending a telegram, early in Angel And The Badman, 1947.
Moonrise - Girl From The Sticks Danny (Dane Clark), nervous after killing rival "Jerry" but not yet suspected, confronts Gilly (Gail Russell) about her ostensibly "missing" suitor, in an intense scene from Frank Borzage's Moonrise, 1948.
Moonrise - You Look Scared Danny (Dane Clark), who's just killed "Jerry" in the woods, grabs Gilly (Gail Russell) off the dance floor and takes a reckless drive (with Harry Carey Jr. in the back seat) in Frank Borzage's Moonrise, 1948.
Moonrise - Out Of Your Class Directly from the opening and complete with flashbacks, Danny (Dane Clark), son of a hanged convict, confronts life-long rival Sykes (Lloyd Bridges) in director Frank Borzage's Moonrise, 1948.
Moonrise - Open, Danny Hawkins Opening sequence and scene in which the hero Danny (who will be Dane Clark) is introduced as a boy, ridiculed over his father's hanging, from Frank Borzage's Moonrise, 1948.

Family

George H Russell
Father
Bond salesman.
Gladys Russell
Mother
George H Russell Jr
Brother
Musician. Born c. 1920.

Companions

Guy Madison
Husband
Actor.

Bibliography