Tuesday, March 1, 2011

RIP: Jane Russell

Actress Jane Russell passed away Monday in her California home of respiratory related illness, she was 89.  Russell, who starred opposite Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, is perhaps most famous as the young starlet whose sultry looks sparked an old Hollywood censorship controversy when she appeared in the Howard Hughes film The Outlaw.  Or, more specifically, the poster for The Outlaw, which review boards (and the Catholic Church) felt revealed a little too much of Russell's chest.  Oh, Hays Code Hollywood, so silly.  Russell went on to star in mostly fluffy film fare, including Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, and Bob Hope's The Paleface.  She retired from acting in 1986 and is survived by her children and grandchildren.

[via NYT]

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