Actress Jane Russell Dies

Actress Jane Russel died yesterday morning at her home in Santa Maria, California at the age of 89.

From CNN:

Daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield said that Russell was a “pillar of health” but caught a bad cold and died of respiratory difficulties.

Russell’s children, Thomas K. Waterfield, Tracy Foundas and Robert “Buck” Waterfield,” were at her side, Etta Waterfield said.

Eccentric philanthropist and movie producer Howard Hughes was the first to put Jane Russell on the silver screen, signing her to a seven-year contract in 1940 and promptly putting her in his production of “The Outlaw,” a film about a torrid romance between Billy the Kid and woman named Rio (Russell).

The film got only limited release — in 1943 — because censors at the time were skittish about the attention given Russell’s figure. Hughes wasn’t satisfied. He pulled the film from release and kept it out of circulation for six more years while he did more reshoots and re-editing.

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4 Comments on “Actress Jane Russell Dies”

  1. One Op Says:

    Oh no! Jane was once the hottest on screen. I think it was the first time I ever realized what boobs meant. I always thought when I was called a boob I was being called an idiot. Neither one is very nice I guess. lol

  2. Those women of the 1940s were the most natural beauties we’ve seen. No longer do we see these wonderful, larger than life, women. Nowadays, it’s the surgeons knife, a bit added, a bit taken, and they all look the same – plain, until they get old, then they look like ventriloquist’s dummies – only the mouth can still move. If this is evolution, we should abandon it. RIP Jane.

  3. zelda Says:

    I agree “Atlanta”………those women were very beautiful.No one today comes close to them………..
    Jane was indeed a lusty sexy girl……I enjoyed her movies.
    She was part of the”great stuff” actors were made of in those days…….
    R.I.P. Jane………you are an icon.

  4. Honeydog Says:

    DITTO *Atlanta* and *Zelda*… Beautiful Hollywood Starlets— the likes of none we have seen since.
    Jane was “Classy-n-Sassy”, and you couldn’t help but be in Awe of her, and a Fan. An unforgetable and “true Hollywood Legend”. RIP.

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