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Jane Russell Biography and Filmography
Jane Russell
Birthday: June 21, 1921
Birth Place: Bemidji, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5' 7"
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Voluptuous sex symbol and star of Hollywood films, TV, and nightclubs, Jane Russell was the daughter of an actress. She worked as a receptionist and model, and studied theater at Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Workshop and with Maria Ouspenskaya. Endowed with a large bust, she won the lead role in Howard Hughes' The Outlaw (1941) after Hughes conducted a nationwide search for a curvaceous actress, eventually finding her working in his dentist's office. The film caused a storm of controversy due primarily to the amount of cleavage shown by Russell onscreen, and, after brief releases in 1941 and 1943, it was not officially released until 1950. The controversy brought her much publicity, often in the form of off-color, sophomoric jokes. However, she surpassed her mindless "bombshell" image and went on to perform with versatility in a number of films during the subsequent three decades, including comedies with Bob Hope and musicals with Marilyn Monroe. She often played cynical, "tough broads," and starred in the Broadway musical Company in 1971. TV viewers will remember her for a series of bra commercials during the '70s.
Running Free (1984)
Divide and Conquer (1983)
Darker Than Amber (1970)
[ Suzy Kendall ][ Ahna Capri ]
The Born Losers (1967)
Waco (1966)
Johnny Reno (1966)
The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957)
The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
[ Agnes Moorehead ]
Hot Blood (1956)
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)
The Tall Men (1955)
Foxfire (1955)
Underwater! (1955)
The French Line (1954)
[ Kim Novak ][ Joi Lansing ]
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
[ Marilyn Monroe ]
Road to Bali (1952)
[ Leslie Hope ][ Carol Baker ][ Dorothy Lamour ]
Sammy Davis Jr. vs. Jane Russell (1952)
Montana Belle (1952)
Son of Paleface (1952)
[ Leslie Hope ]
Macao (1952)
[ Gloria Grahame ]
The Las Vegas Story (1952)
[ Howard Hughes ]
Double Dynamite (1951)
His Kind of Woman (1951)
[ Howard Hughes ][ Mamie Van-Doren ]
The Paleface (1948)
[ Leslie Hope ]
Young Widow (1946)
The Outlaw (1943)
[ Howard Hughes ]
  • Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1989.
  • Howard Hughes, in addition to designing airplanes, is said to have designed a "cantilever bra" to take care of Miss Russell's physical endowments. (See her own confirming statement further down this page.)
  • Discovered by Howard Hughes working as a receptionist for his dentist.
  • Went to Van Nuys High School (Los Angeles).
  • In the early 1950s, made a television commercial for Lustre Creme's shampoo campaign.
  • The Waterfields adopt a baby girl, Tracy. [15 February 1952]
  • The Waterfields adopt a fifteen-month-old British boy, Tommy Kavanaugh. [December 1952]
  • First husband Bob Waterfield was her high school sweetheart.
  • Through her organization, World Adoption International Fund (WAIF), Russell has placed 51,000 children with adoptive families.
  • Her breasts are the namesake for 'The Jane Russell Peaks' in Alaska.
  • On 2 February 1967, Russell filed for divorce from Bob Waterfield; it was granted in July 1968.
  • Bob Hope once introduced her as "the two and only Jane Russell".
  • In 1955, Russell and Bob Waterfield formed Russ-Field Productions. Under this banner, they made Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955), The King and Four Queens (1956), Run for the Sun (1956), and The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957).
  • Went to high school with James Dougherty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) co-star Marilyn Monroe's first husband.
  • Married John Calvin Peoples in a "kaftan" ceremony in Santa Barbara, California.
  • A born-again Christian decades before the term was coined, she held weekly Bible study at her home which was attended by some of the industry's biggest names.
  • Unable to bear children, Russell championed the passage of the Federal Orphan Adoption Amendment of 1953, which allowed children of American servicemen born overseas to be placed for adoption in the United States.
  • Measurements: 38D-25-36 (definitive for majority of her career), 36D-26-36 (during The Outlaw (1943)), 38D-25-39 (on set of The Paleface (1948) in 1948), 38 1/2D-25 1/2-38 1/2 (for "Photoplay" pin-up in 1953), 39D-26 1/2-37 1/2 (at her bustiest in mid-1950s), 37-27-37 (self-described in 1990), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
  • Howard Hughes is reported to have said of her stardom, "There are two good reasons why men go to see her. Those are enough." (Source: quoted in the book "The Humour of Sex" by Robert Hale.)
  • Her three adopted children are Tracy, Thomas and Buck.
  • Is portrayed by Marla Carlis in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV), by Renee Henderson in Blonde (2001) (TV), and by Erika Nann in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) (TV).
  • Attended the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.
  • Leonardo DiCaprio visited Jane while filming The Aviator (2004) in order to find up close and personal what Howard Hughes was really like.
  • In 2006 (at age 84), Jane put together a musical show entitled "The Swinging Forties" that plays twice a month at the Radisson Hotel. The show features herself and about a dozen local Santa Maria residents, including a choir director, lay preacher and retired police officer. She formed the show out of boredom and because there was nothing much going on in town for the older folks to do.
  • The troops in Korea named two embattled hills in her honor.
  • A proud conservative, she sided publicly with an industry panel that urged the removal of certain provocative scenes in one of her films.
  • Has macular degeneration and wears hearing aids in both ears.
  • Retired to Santa Maria, California after the death of her third husband in 1999 to be close to her youngest son.
  • In the late thirties, Jane was a member of Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Workshop and attended Maria Ouspenskaya's Drama School for another six months.
  • As a little girl Jane was a tomboy. She had four brothers: Tom, Kenny, Jamie and Wally.

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