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JANE RUSSELL

1950s NOT A RE-ISSUE
Hughes out waited the censors and showed Jane's cleavage in the brassiere he engineered for her.
On a scale of 1 to 10 this card is 9.5

1946 Original censored version which Hughes withdrew from movie theaters until 1950.
On a scale of 1 to 10 this card is 7

1946 Original censored version which Hughes withdrew from movie theaters until 1950.
In poor condition, some dealers would rate this a 6.5, I will not rate it but will contribute it FREE to the buyer of this lot.
All three lobbycards sold together only

George Hurrell photograph on Original Songsheet
Authentically Signed BOLDLY

Biography for
Jane Russell


Mini biography
Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was born on June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her father was an US 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 take 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 ultimately signed by Howard Hughes for his production of THE OUTLAW in 1941, the film that was to make Jane famous. The film wasn't to be a classic by any means, but was geared to show off Jane's ample physical assets. Although the film was made in 1941, it wasn't 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 didn't make another film until 1946 when she played Joan Kenwood in YOUNG WIDOW. 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 1951's HIS KIND OF WOMAN and THE LAS VEGAS STORY (1952) did nothing to showcase her true acting abilities. Probably the pinnacle of her career was in 1953's GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES as Dorothy Shaw, with Marilyn Monroe. This film showed Jane's comedic side very well. Jane did continue to make films throughout the 1950's, but the films were at times not up to par, particularly with Jane's talents being wasted in forgettable movies in order to show off her sexy side. Films such as GENTLEMEN MARRY BRUNETTES (1955) and THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER (1956) did do Jane justice and were able to show exactly the fine actress she was. After THE FUZZY PINK NIGHTGOWN (a flop) in 1957, Jane too a hiatus from films, to dabble a bit in television, returning in 1964 to film FATE IS THE HUNTER. Unfortunately, the roles were not there anymore as Jane would be in only four pictures during the entire decade of the sixties. Her last film of the decade was 1967's BORN LOSERS. After three more years away from the big screen she returned to make one last film called DARKER THAN AMBER in 1970. Her last play before the public was in the 1970's when Jane was a spokesperson for Playtex bras. Had Jane not been wasted during the Hughes years, Jane could have been a bigger actress than what she was allowed to show. She really is a talented actress.


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Spouse
'John Calvin Peoples' (1974 - present)
'Robert Barrett' (1968 - 1968) (his death)
Bob Waterfield (1943 - 1968) (divorced)

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Trivia

Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1989.

'Howard Hughes', in addition to designing airplanes, is said to have designed a "cantilever bra" to take care of Miss Russell's physical endowments.

Discovered by Howard Hughes working as a receptionist for his dentist.


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Salary
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) $400,000


Birth name
Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell
Date of birth (location)
21 June 1921,
Bemidji, Minnesota, USA
Mini biography
Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was born on June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, ... (show more)


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Filmography as: Actress, Producer, Notable TV guest appearances
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Actress - filmography
(2000s) (1990s) (1980s) (1970s) (1960s) (1950s) (1940s)

Howard Hughes: His Women and His Movies (2000) (TV) .... Herself

L.A. Confidential (1997) (archive footage) (uncredited) .... Herself
Hollywood Fashion Machine, The (1995) (TV) .... Herself

Hollywood The Golden Years: The RKO Story (1987)
Hollywood Uncensored (1987) .... Herself

Darker Than Amber (1970) .... Alabama Tigress

Born Losers (1967) .... Mrs. Shorn
Johnny Reno (1966) .... Nona Williams
Waco (1966) .... Jill Stone
Fate Is the Hunter (1964) .... Herself

Fuzzy Pink Nightgown, The (1957) (uncredited) .... Laurel Stevens
Revolt of Mamie Stover, The (1956) .... Mamie Stover
Hot Blood (1956) .... Annie Caldash
... aka Bad Blood (1956) (USA)
Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) .... Bonnie Jones/Mimi Jones
Underwater! (1955) .... Theresa
... aka Big Rainbow, The (1955) (USA)
Tall Men, The (1955) .... Nella Turner
Foxfire (1955) .... Amanda Lawrence
French Line, The (1954) .... Mary 'Mame' Carson
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) .... Dorothy Shaw
Macao (1952) .... Julie Benson
Road to Bali (1952) .... Cameo
Son of Paleface (1952) .... Mike Delroy aka The Torch
Montana Belle (1952) .... Belle Starr
Las Vegas Story, The (1952) .... Linda Rollins
Double Dynamite (1951) .... Mildred 'Mibs' Goodhug
... aka It's Only Money (1951)
His Kind of Woman (1951) .... Lenore Brent

Paleface, The (1948) .... Calamity Jane
Young Widow (1946) .... Joan Kenwood
Outlaw, The (1943) .... Rio

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Filmography as: Actress, Producer, Notable TV guest appearances
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Producer - filmography

Run for the Sun (1956) (uncredited) (executive)

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Filmography as: Actress, Producer, Notable TV guest appearances
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Notable TV guest appearances

"Hunter" (1984) playing "Ava Fontaine" in episode: "Burned" (episode # 2.14) 1/18/1986
"Yellow Rose, The" (1983) playing "Rose Hollister" in episode: "Chapter XIX: Sacred Ground" (episode # 1.19) 3/10/1984
"Yellow Rose, The" (1983) playing "Rose Hollister" in episode: "Chapter XVII: Unnown title" 2/25/1984
"Yellow Rose, The" (1983) playing "Rose Hollister" in episode: "Chapter XII: Divide and Conquer" (episode # 1.12) 1/7/1984
"Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" (1958) in episode: "Ballad For A Bad Man" 12/23/1958
 

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