Hollywood star Jane
Russell dies at 89
BBC News, 1st March
Hollywood actress and sex symbol Jane Russell has died at the age of 89.
The brunette was
discovered by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, who cast her in his
1943 Western The Outlaw.
Some of her most
memorable films include the The Paleface (1948) with Bob Hope, and
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe.
She died on Monday at
her home in California of a respiratory-related illness, her
always said I'm going to die in the saddle, I'm not going to sit at home
and become an old woman. And that's exactly what she did, she died in
the saddle," Etta Waterfield said, recounting that Russell had
remained active in her local community until illness intervened in
Russell was a pin-up
girl in the 1940s and 1950s, but her film career had faded by the 1960s.
"Why did I quit
movies? Because I was getting too old! You couldn't go on acting in
those years if you were an actress over 30," she said in an
interview in 1999.
In 1971, she featured
in the Broadway musical Company.
Later, she appeared in
TV commercials promoting brassieres, including the 18-hour bra for
Russell married three
times and adopted three children.
problems during the adoption process, she founded the World Adoption
International Agency, which has helped organise the adoptions in the US
of tens of thousands of children from overseas.
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