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Jane Russell

Jane Russell


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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 ...


James Robert Parish has characterized certain aspects of Russell's star persona, performance style and personality as follows: "tough babe with a heart of gold, a liberated female who still craves to be dominated by a right guy, a former small-town innocent who has drifted into the morally ambiguous world of show business and now has the scars to prove her apprenticeship. What distinguished Jane's screen presence was her marvelously unpretentious attitude. She is totally un-self-conscious about her too-well-proportioned torso, equally unimpressed by her thrush abilities (modest as they are), and plainly aware that she may not be the most intellectual broad around town, and she is totally well intentioned." (Quoted from "The RKO Gals", Arlington House, 1974)

Evidence of Howard Hughes's bosom fixation may be found in such remarks about Russell as "There are two reasons why men will pay to see her." Hughes was not alone, however, in making sarcastic remarks about Russell's cleavage. Bob Hope, for instance, once introduced her as "the two and only Jane Russell".

The trailer for the 1955 Jane Russell-Cornel Wilde film, "Hot Blood" sported the following opening line over a shot of Russell doing a "gypsy" dance: "Jane Russell shakes her tambourines and drives Cornel wild!" --quoted in The Hollywood Reporter, September 24, 1991.

In 1956, co-founded (with Irene Dunne, Loretta Young, and June Allyson) WAIF, an adoption organization that seeks to place older, handicapped, foreign-born and minority children with adoptive families.

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