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A True Double D Gal - Jane Russell

Posted on 01 March 2011

Jane Russell was a "real" Double D gal....

and we are not just talking about her "measurements"!

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We're gonna miss her.

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Check out these fun facts about the late Jane Russell - some might surprise you:

  • Jane was discovered by Howard Hughes while she was a receptionist at his dentist.
  • She then made her motion picture debut in Hughes' The Outlaw in 1943.
  • A photo promoting the movie, The Outlaw, with Jane posed sensuously against a haystack became a popular pin-up with Service men during World War II.
  • Jane help start the Hollywood Christian Group, a Bible study class, for other believers in Hollywood. (I love that!)
  • Howard Hughes is said to have designed a cantilever bra (otherwise known as the under wire bra) to take care of Miss Russell's physical endowments.  "Thank you Howard!"
  • Russell's measurements at 5 foot 8 inches were 38D-25-36! VaVoom!
  • During Jane's number "Ain't There Anyone Here For Love" in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, she was accidentally knocked off the edge of the pool by the diving Olympic team and landed in the pool. This was unscripted, but was kept for the final release.
  • Jane was most notably remembered for her upper measurements, but she had great gams and a terrific singing voice and I personally love her eyebrows.
  • When her acting career fizzled,  Jane moved on to a singing making several Christian albums.
  • After a clumsily performed abortion in her teens,  Jane was unable to bear children.  She later adopted and  founded the World Adoption International Fund (WAIF), a group which eventually facilitated more than 50,000 adoptions.
See Jane and her "All Star Cast" including Bob Hope, Roy Rogers, and Trigger as the King of Cowboys sings California Rose to her in Paleface.
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9 comments

  • Bob Tinnell: May 16, 2016

    Jane visited a rehearsal session we were having for a Broadway musical production by Alamogordo (New Mexico) Music Theater in 1959 or 1960. I was working on the stage crew (lighting) and I recall her down to earth and very constructive suggestions she offered to the cast and crew on several issues associated with the production. She was a very sweet lady who was willing to help the crew at any level with no hint whatsoever that she was any kind of a star. It would be great if some of today’s “Stars” were somehow imbued with a bit of the humility that Jane Russell displayed in her dealings with other human beings. The entertainment world would be a much better place today if that were the case.

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    Anna, so glad you like it and thanks for letting us know!

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    I’ve got to go research that one and see what she was wearing – thanks for the tip!

  • TerritoryMom: May 16, 2016

    I love the outfit she wore by the pool in the movie. She will be missed.

  • Anna in AZ: May 16, 2016

    Her beauty is stunning! I got my new shirt from the Spring line and I LOVE it! Will be posting pictures soon of me rocking it! Thank you so much!

  • Amber Thompson: May 16, 2016

    IN the late 60s early 70s a relative of mine worked for Jane and when she moved from her Valley home she gave him some of her old movie prop things. Including a set of faux silver and turquoise bracelets from either The Outlaw or Paleface. My sister has the bracelets and still pictures of them as worn in the film. We have no use for them and aren’t collectors so we would like to know if anyone knows of a collector who might be interested in them. She was quite an interesting woman as was her whole family. She will indeed be missed.

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    very interesting – I think I’ll go research that – Edith Head was amazing!

  • Warren: May 16, 2016

    Speaking of sexy Jane Russell outfits, her " cowboy / outlaw duds from " Son of Paleface " is very sensual. It was designed by Edith Head. Her Western outfit gave Roy Rogers a " run for his money " / competition on who wore the the best cowboy clothes in that 1952 A.D. movie.

  • Cheryl: May 16, 2016

    Wow, Bob, what a great treat for you and such a wonderful memory. I will have to agree with you about today’s stars – they just don’t have the old Hollywood class anymore.

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