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Jane Russell The Goddess Of Boddess Passed Away February 28, 2011

Jane Russell was a beautiful actress that played in 40\\\\\\\'s and 50\\\\\\\'s movies. Jane Russel was a popular pin up girl during WWII.

Jane Russell, the bombshell actress of the 40’s and 50’s died Monday February 28, 2011 of respiratory failure at her home in Santa Maria. She was 89. Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, Minn. Her family moved from there to the San Fernando Valley in California. Her mother besides being a stage personality was also a lay preacher which probably explains Jane’s long time relationship with the Bible and her Christian roots.

Although, unlike many other actresses of her time, she had no public scandals she admitted in her biography to having had an underground abortion when she was in high school. She married UCLA pro football quarterback Bob Waterfield and they adopted three children, 2 boys and one girl. Unfortunately they would later divorce in 1968 after a 24 year marriage.

She had a series of heartbreaks with relationships when she married Roger Barrett who died of a heart attack 3 months later. In 1978 she married John Peoples and he died from heart failure in 1999. Jane also admitted to suffering from alcoholism. Another sad factor of her life is that Howard Hughes directed her in films basted on her bustier size rather than her actual acting abilities, she was treated as a sex object. Her measurements were 38D-24-36 and she was a striking 5’7” tall.

Her first movie was “The Outlaw” in 1941. It had difficulty with the censors due to Jane’s assets being more than amply displayed and didn’t get into the general public until 1946 and was a smashing success. Howard Hughes designed a special cantilever bra for Jane but she refused to wear it and never told Hughes. Later she played in movies along side such greats as Bob Hope, Robert Mitchum, Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx, Victor Mature, Clark Gable and “Marilyn Monroe in the unforgettable “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.”

She played in many more roles before finally giving up acting for the most part because of her age. She was very religious and founded a singing gospel group called the Hollywood Christian Group and their single “Do Lord” hit #27 on the Billboard singles chart in 1954. It sold 2 million copies. She also held Bible study for some of the big Hollywood names in her home. She also founded the World Adoption International Agency which helped over 41,000 children overseas. She was a pro-lifer, regardless of the circumstance behind the pregnancy. She has her hand and foot prints in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame.

The Jane Russell Peaks in Alaska are named after her and troops in Korea named 2 embattled hills in her honor. She was a popular pin up girl during WWII and was a spokes model for the Platex 18 hour bra. She was a vocal supporter if the Iraq war from it’s. She also has a street named after her in Iowa City, Iowa. Jane Russell may be gone but she will not be forgotten.

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Sad about her husbands, but sounds like she had an interesting life.