Jane Russell

Actor, Singer, Model
Made virtually synonymous with voluptuousness by Hollywood publicists and press in the 1940s and 1950s, Jane Russell's talents as a dramatic actress and musical performer were given significantly less attention than her ... Read more »
Born: 06/20/1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota, USA

Filmography

Actor (43)

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 9th Annual Movieguide Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Vincent Price: The Versatile Villain 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

American Cinema 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Dream Factory 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The Hollywood Fashion Machine 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Robert Mitchum: The Reluctant Star 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood Stars' Screen Tests 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Yellow Rose 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Darker Than Amber 1970 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Born Losers 1966 (Movie)

Mrs Shorn (Actor)

Johnny Reno 1965 (Movie)

Nona Williams (Actor)

Waco 1965 (Movie)

Jill Stone (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (02/15/61) 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arthur Murray Party For Bob Hope 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Desilu Playhouse 1958 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown 1957 (Movie)

Laurel Stevens (Actor)

Hot Blood 1956 (Movie)

Annie Caldash (Actor)

The Revolt of Mamie Stover 1956 (Movie)

Mamie Stover (Actor)

Foxfire 1955 (Movie)

Amanda (Actor)

Gentlemen Marry Brunettes 1955 (Movie)

Bonnie Jones (Actor)

The Tall Men 1955 (Movie)

Nella Turner (Actor)

Underwater 1955 (Movie)

Theresa (Actor)

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 1953 (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

Son of Paleface 1953 (Movie)

(Actor)

The French Line 1953 (Movie)

Mary Carson (Actor)

Macao 1952 (Movie)

Julie Benson (Actor)

His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

Lenore Brent (Actor)

The Paleface 1948 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Outlaw 1943 (Movie)

(Actor)

Double Dynamite (Movie)

Mildred "Mibs" Goodhug (Actor)

Hollywood: The Golden Years (TV Show)

Actor

Montana Belle (Movie)

Belle Starr (Actor)

The Las Vegas Story (Movie)

Linda Rollins (Actor)

Young Widow (Movie)

Joan Kenwood (Actor)
Music (1)

His Kind of Woman 1951 (Movie)

("Five Little Miles From San Berdoo" "You'll Never Know") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Ranier: The Mountain 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

Made virtually synonymous with voluptuousness by Hollywood publicists and press in the 1940s and 1950s, Jane Russell's talents as a dramatic actress and musical performer were given significantly less attention than her statuesque figure. She was brought to fame by Howard Hughes, who made a fetish of her image in the controversial B-Western "The Outlaw" (1943). Russell smoldered quite spectacularly on screen, but showed a particular knack for both a wisecrack and a song, as demonstrated in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) and other musicals. She was teamed to great effect on several occasions with Bob Hope in such films as "The Paleface" (1948) and with Robert Mitchum in "His Kind of Woman" (1951), both of which gave her ample opportunity to poke fun at her sexualized screen persona. She left Hollywood in the mid-1960s for sporadic work on stage and in commercials; the latter gave her a third-act boost of fame as the spokesperson for Playtex's bras for "full-figured gals." One of the last of the true Hollywood bombshells - blonde or otherwise - Russell's highly-sexualized screen persona overshadowed a consummate professional, under-appreciated for her talents and commitment to her craft.

Relationships

Robert John Waterfield Jr

Son
Adopted at nine months old in 1956

Roger Barrett Actor

Husband
Met while doing stock work together in Michigan Married Aug. 25, 1968 until his death of a heart attack Nov. 18, 1968

John Peoples

Husband
Married Jan. 31, 1974 until his death April 1999

Roy Russell

Father
died in 1937 after a gallstone operation

Geraldine Russell

Mother

Jamie Russell

Brother
born in 1927

Kenneth Russell

Brother
born in 1925

Thomas Russell

Brother
born in 1924

Wallace Russell

Brother
born in 1929

Bob Waterfield Actor

Husband
High school sweethearts Divorce finalized July 1968; Russell received custody of two older children and Waterfield received custody of youngest child

Tracy Waterfield

Daughter
adopted as newborn on February 15, 1952

Thomas Waterfield

Son
adopted as infant in December 1952

EDUCATION

Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Workshop

Los Angeles , California 1940
studied for one term

Van Nuys High School

Van Nuys , California

studied with noted stage and screen actress Maria Ouspenskaya for six months after leaving Reinhardt school

Milestones

1985

Wrote her autobiography, Jane Russell: My Path and My Detours

1983

Played Rose Hollister on the primetime TV drama, "The Yellow Rose" (NBC)

1970

Made Broadway debut as a replacement for Elaine Stritch in "Company"

1969

Last film to date, "Darker Than Amber"

1964

Returned to film for featured role in "Fate is the Hunter"

1959

Released a self-titled solo album with MGM Records

1957

Made last feature film for seven years, the unsuccessful "The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown"

1957

Debuted in a successful solo nightclub act at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas

1955

Negotiated new contract to make five films for Hughes; was to be paid $1000 per week for 20 years

1954

Formed Russ-Field Productions with her husband Bob Waterfield as executive producer

1954

Recorded several religious-themed singles and albums with Beryl Davis, Connie Haines and Della Russell (no relation; later replaced by Rhonda Fleming); billed themselves as "The Four Girls"; performed on nightclub circuit and on TV for several years

1954

Weathered censorship scandal surrounding two scenes (one in a bubble bath, the other a dance number) from "The French Line"

1953

Enjoyed biggest box office success of her career with "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," co-starring Marilyn Monroe

1950

Performed stage act in London and New York City

1948

Enjoyed first genuine success onscreen in "The Paleface" oppposite Bob Hope

1946

Re-established professional relationship with Hughes; loaned to United Artists to star in "The Young Widow"

1946

Was well-received in singing stints at the Latin Quarter Club in Miami Beach and on Kay Kyser's "Kollege of Fun and Knowledge" musical program

1942

Made her film debut in "The Outlaw"; film completed in 1941, and released for a limited showing two years later; had a general release in 1946

1942

Moved with first husband Bob Waterfield to Georgia when he was drafted; put on suspension by Hughes

1939

Signed to a seven-year contract by film mogul Howard Hughes

1932

Family moved to Van Nuys after father received promotion

Made a long series of TV commercials in the 1970s for the Playtex "Cross Your Heart" bra

Appeared in summer stock and regional theater in such plays as "Janus," "Skylark" and "Bells Are Ringing"

Bonus Trivia

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Evidence of Howard Hughes' Jane Russell bosom fixation were found in such remarks as "There are two reasons why men will pay to see her." Hughes was not alone, however, in making sarcastic remarks about Russell's cleavage. Bob Hope, for instance, once introduced her as "the two and only Jane Russell."

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In 1956, co-founded (with Irene Dunne, Loretta Young and June Allyson) WAIF, an adoption organization that seeks to place older, handicapped, foreign-born and minority children with adoptive families.

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