For two decades Jane Russell was one of the most famous movie stars in the world. she became one of the US armed forces favorite pinups along with Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, and the photo of her cleavage in ‘The Outlaw’ became one of the most iconic glamor photographs of the era. Her fame was based on her smouldering good looks and her spectacular 38-24-36 figure but Jane Russell was most certainly more than just a pretty face.
She was quite different in real life from her screen, “femme fatale” image. She maintained that the secret of her happy life was religion, and even at the peak of her fame in the 1940’s and 1950’s, she held weekly Bible study classes at her home in Hollywood.
Jane Russell was born in June 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota, into a well to do Army family and developed an early interest in music a;nd acting. She starated a part time modeling job when she left school and her spectacularly curvy figure soon attracted the attention of Hollywood talent scouts.
She was signed by #RKO’s Howard Hughes and made her debut in 1943 in his Western ‘The Outlaw’. The movie itself was not special but Jane’s cleavage in her pose in the hay was unforgettable and it made her an internationally famous pinup.
Her appearance as Calamity jane opposite Bob Hope in ‘The Paleface’ in 1948 cemented her fame and gave her credibility as a movie actress.
She is best remembered for ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ made in 1953 and co-starring Marilyn Monroe. It was without doubt the high spot of Jan e’s careere and the two stars compemented each other perfectly, in a high quality musical, each displaying a marked talent for film comedy.