Jane Russell

Jane Russell

actress, producer, soundtrack

Jane Russell was born on Jun 21, 1921 in USA. Jane Russell's big-screen debut came with The Outlaw directed by Howard Hughes in 1943. Jane Russell is known for Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical Treasure directed by Mark McLaughlin, Julie Andrews stars as Self and Fred Astaire as Self. The most recent award Jane Russell achieved is Marco Island Film Festival. The upcoming new movie Jane Russell plays is Burlesque which will be released on Nov 24, 2010.

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was born on June 21, 1921, in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her father was a United States Army lieutenant and her mother had been a student of drama and an actress with a traveling troupe. Once Mr. Russell was mustered out of the service, the family took up residence in Canada but moved to California when he found employment there. The family was well-to-do and although Jane was the only girl among four brothers, her mother saw to it that she took piano lessons. In addition to music, Jane was interested in drama much as her mother had been and participated in high school stage productions. Upon graduation, Jane took a job as a receptionist for a doctor who specialized in foot disorders. Although she had originally planned on being a designer, her father died, and she had to go to work to help the family. Jane modeled on the side and was very much sought-after especially because of her figure.She managed to save enough money to go to drama school, with the urging of her mother. She was signed by Howard Hughes for his production of Le banni (1943) in 1941, the film that was to make Jane famous. The film was not a classic by any means but was geared through its marketing to show off Jane's ample physical assets rather than acting abilities. Although the film was made in 1941, it was not released until two years later and then only on a limited basis due to the way the film portrayed Jane's assets. It was hard for the flick to pass the censorship board. Finally, the film gained general release in 1946. The film was a smash at the box office.Jane did not make another film until 1945 when she played Joan Kenwood in L'Esclave du souvenir (1946). She had signed a seven-year contract with Hughes, and it seemed the only films he would put her in were those that displayed Jane in a very flattering light due to her body. Films such as Fini de rire (1951) and Scandale à Las Vegas (1952) did nothing to highlight her true acting abilities. The pinnacle of her career was in Les hommes préfèrent les blondes (1953) as Dorothy Shaw, with Marilyn Monroe. This film showed Jane's comedic side very well. Jane did continue to make films throughout the 1950s, but the films were at times not up to par, particularly with Jane's talents being wasted in forgettable movies to show off her sexy side. Films such as Les hommes épousent les brunes (1955) and Bungalow pour femmes (1956) did do Jane's justice and were able to show exactly the fine actress she was.After The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957) (a flop), Jane took a hiatus from films, to dabble a little in television, returning in 1964 to film Le crash mystérieux (1964). Unfortunately, the roles were not there anymore as Jane appeared in only four pictures during the entire decade of the 1960s. Her last film of the decade was Le Credo de la violence (1967). After three more years away from the big screen, she returned to make one last film called La loi du talion (1970). Her last play before the public was in the 1970s when Jane was a spokesperson for Playtex bras. Had Jane not been wasted during the Hughes years, she could have been a bigger actress than what she was allowed to show. Jane Russell died at age 89 of respiratory failure on February 28, 2011, in Santa Maria, California.

  • Birthday

    Jun 21, 1921
  • Place of Birth

    Bemidji, Minnesota, USA

Known For


5 wins & 0 nominations

Marco Island Film Festival
Winner - Lifetime Achievement Award
Berlin International Film Festival
Winner - Berlinale Camera
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