There will always be endless debate whether it is better to be sexy or smart. Women have been battling that conflict for years. But why do we have to choose? We are perfectly capable of walking through life with a healthy balance of both. What? Don’t believe that’s possible? Then I’m guessing that you’ve never heard of a fabulous woman by the name of Jane Russell.
Actress, dancer, and singer Jane Russell was not only a sex symbol in the 40’s and 50’s, she was also a brainy brunette bombshell with some bite. Best known for her roles in The Outlaws, Double Dynamite, and Gentleman Prefer Blondes, Russell made a permanent name for herself in the pantheon of smart and sexy Hollywood stars.
Her father was a US Army lieutenant and her mother an actress, so it’s not surprising that Jane was a perfect combo of strength and sexually. Which is probably why she caught the eye of legendary producer Howard Hughes. He gave Russell her first big break, signing her to a seven-year contract in 1940.
My favorite Jane Russell role was Dorothy Shaw, Marilyn Monroe’s best friend in Gentleman Prefer Blondes. It gave her the chance to show off her sense of humor as well as an array of many other talents, including impressions. In this movie she does the best Marilyn Monroe parody ever recorded on film.
A woman who was proud of her classic coke-bottle body (38D-24-36 and 5’7” without heels), Jane played just the right amount of sexy, if the situation called for it. But don’t let those hips fool you. On and off the set, she was known as someone who could keep up with the best of the boys as well. She was truly a dame who didn’t give a damn, which makes her a role model for us all!
Jane Russell passed away on February 28, 2011 in her house in Santa Monica among family.
images & layout by the very creative Phaymiss
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