We have some sad news to report regarding one of Hollywood’s greatest screen sirens. Legendary actress Jane Russell has died at the age of 89 years old. Russell was known for being the brunette equivalent to Marilyn Monroe, with whom she co-starred in the classic film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. According to The New York Times, Russell passed on Monday at her home in Santa Maria, California.
Besides Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Russell appeared in many notable films including The Paleface, Son of Paleface, Double Dynamite, His Kind of Woman and Macao. The reason we refer to her as the brunette version of Monroe is because both actresses were known for their curvaceous figures and they caught a lot of heat from censors because of it.
When Russell appeared on the poster for the Howard Hughes film The Outlaw, it was considered indecent and risque at the time. Showing shoulder, let alone cleavage in the 1940s was a dangerous combination.
By today’s standards, that would definitely be considered tame. During the 1960s her career flamed out and her film work all but diminished. She appeared in a movie or two in the 1970s but that was it. Her last onscreen performance was in an episode of the television series “Hunter” in 1986.
Russell was a beautiful woman, a great talent, and she’ll be missed by movie fans all over the world.
Here’s Russell performing “Ain’t There Anyone Here For Love?” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:
R.I.P. Jane Russell.
What was your favorite Jane Russell film?