She was considered one of the sexiest females of Classic Hollywood.
I guess she knew how to...do that!
- [on her Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) co-star Marilyn Monroe] She once got her life so balled up that the studio hired a full-time secretary maid for her. So Marilyn soon got the secretary as balled up as she was, and she ended up waiting on the secretary, instead of vice-versa.
The two stars became friends, with Russell describing Monroe as "very shy and very sweet and far more intelligent than people gave her credit for". She later recalled that Monroe showed her dedication by rehearsing her dance routines each evening after most of the crew had left, but she arrived habitually late on set for filming. Realizing that Monroe remained in her dressing room due to stage fright, and that Hawks(the director) was growing impatient with her tardiness, Russell started escorting her to the set.
- Jane Russell: My friend Marilyn did not kill herself
Perfect duet. I love this song. Who doesn't?
I love tributes...i hate not knowing or forgetting.
- R6 - you link isn't visible in the US (copyright restrictions)
- Oh R7...that sucks!
Ok, maybe you can see this tribute then!
- They made a powerful duet!
- They were both fiery!
- R10, same photo, a more clear copy of it.
- Lol sorry...here is the said photo
- I will always remember the number Jane Russell did in the gym with all those scantily-clad men in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes".
The audience probably didn't know that number was put together by a gay man or that his boyfriend was one of the swimmers in the scene.
- Two ladies of classic cinema together
- I didn't know that either R14! Very interesting and cool.
- I can't let out this one!
- Nice link about Jane Russell.
- Wait...this is interesting too.
That's all for now
- R16 is my favorite!
- Ha ha ha ha
Jane Russell with a fuzzy cattish friend
- Jane Russell and friend. Cute sunglasses.
- Who was her GF?
- Loool R23. Whaaaat?
- Rare photograph of a script reading of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes; Elliott Reid, Tommy Noonan, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe
- Were Elliot Reid or Tommy Noonan gay?
- One more time...
- Jane Russell and Irene Dunne.
- Is that my friend Irma in between Jane and Irene?
my little margie
- Lol my little margie, you are such a tease!
- She wasn't that into the gays, OP/picture poster
- Gimme facts R34 or that thing you implied never was real
- If you can track this down, you'll see her face (and silence) when Cousins' brings up her status as a gay icon.
- Silence means a lot, not necessarily denial...
- Of course it's subjective, but I was left in doubt that Ms Russell did not embrace being a gay icon.
- Maybe she felt a kind of embarrassment. That's not denial exactly. Ok, she was a Republican, but i don't think that an actress can feel annoyed by other people's sexuality. Maybe she felt a bit uncomfortable about her own sexuality, actresses are vain you know...
- Her musical The French Line was originally supposed to star Fred Astaire and Dolores Gray.
- Mary, really? I didn't know that hon, honestly.
Keep on talkin' sweetie, i like you
- Who replaced Fred in The French Line?
- Why hasn't anyone mentioned Jane's lesbian tendencies?
- Too bad she left her horrible drunkenness (mostly) to become a Krazy Kristian.
- Perhaps it was to squelch her urge to pick-up lovely young things.
Jane was not a fundie, she belonged to some off-the-beaten-path church. She didn't like that Pat Robertson crap. Also, she was an old-school Republican, not like the crazies around today.
- R43 i guess it was Gilbert Roland.
- Raquel Welch in her autobiography 'Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage' wrote:
'The Outlaw, starring Jane Russell, was considered a very risqué movie, and no one under the age of twenty-one was allowed to see it.'
- She had a beautiful face.
Way one heard it a large percentage of those buff hunks in JR's "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love" number were gay. This could be a gay urban legend but...
Jane Russell was smoking hot in "Looking for Trouble" number from the film "The French Line". So much so the number was censored for American audiences. Europeans got to see Jane do her pelvic thrusts. In the USA shots show only above the waist or Jane was behind that stand.
- Man, she was butch! She and Marilyn look more like a couple than friends.
- Early in career, Russell had an abortion that left her unable to have children. She devoted much of her later years to working on behalf of orphaned children.
She was a conservative, yes, but she wasn't much of a hater ...
- When examined by a physician after said abortion the man remarked at how bad a hatchet job was done on poor JR. He just couldn't believe someone would do that to a young woman.
- Thank you R49 - she could really move and what a body.
- In all of her publicity pictures she always looked pissed off. Even when she was smiling.
She, along with Kim Novak, has always been "a man in drag" to me.
TY, and YW.
What TFL film lacked in plot development it made up for (or at least tried anyway) with showcasing Jane Russell's figure. To round things out a host of other 1950's beauties in all their corseted/merry-widowed Dior New Look glamour.
- Saw her in Company on Broadway. She replaced Stritch....tough as nails and very good in the role of Joanne. Took a tour in Sedona and the guide mentioned that she lived there about 10 times. Alcoholic Christian...gorgeous woman. And great spokeswoman for playtex bras.