( b. Jun 21, 1921 Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - d. Feb 28, 2011 Santa Maria, California, USA ) Female
Ms. Russell burst into vibrant tabloid life when, at 19 years of age, she was cast by Howard Hughes as the smoldering object of desire in his new western "The Outlaw." She remained a Hollywood creature for most of her brief career. Few of her assignments asked more of her than to look good and show off her assets. (The troops in Korea named two embattled hills in her honor.) But the 1953 film version of the stage musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," in which she co-starred with Marilyn Monroe, earned her a permanent spot in the hearts of movie musical fans. Her hard-boiled showgirl sang "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?," "Bye Bye Baby" and "A Little Girl from Little Rock." Jane Russell made only one Broadway appearance, but the role was suited to her tough dame image. She succeeded Elaine Stritch as Joanne in the original production of Company, singing "The Ladies Who Lunch" every night.
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