Jane Russell, one of the last jewels of Old Hollywood, died at her home in Santa Maria, CA today and is now ogling at the biceps on angels up in heaven. Jane’s daughter-in-law tells Reuters that she died of respiratory problems. Jane was 89 years old.
Reuters says that Jane got her big break when Howard Hughes put her in his movie The Outlaw, because of her magnificent 38-D chichis. The Outlaws wasn’t released until 3 years after it was shot, because censors just wouldn’t let Jane’s breasts be great. Jane went on to star in a bunch of westerns including Belle Starr. But Jane is best known for the movie that I used to watch on AMC every time it came on: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. After that, Jane was in something called Gentlemen Marry Brunettes! I have never heard of this shit before, but now it’s sitting in the middle of my Netflix queue.
And while searching for quotes about Jane’s life, I came across this story about how she once proudly declared that she’s a “mean-spirited, narrow-minded, right-wing Christian bigot.” On that note, rest in peace, Jane. And thanks for this: