All about Jane Russell's career growth & notoriety she faced for her hot figure

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Jane Russell was one of the leading sex symbols during the 40s and 50s, who seized the attention of many with her smoking hot figure. 

Quick Facts About Jane Russell

Name Jane Russell
Birth Name Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell
Birthday June 21, 1921
Died at Age of 89 on February 28, 2011
Body Measurements 38-24-36 inches
Bra Cup size 38D
Height 5'7"
Weight 59 kg
Husband Bob Waterfield (1943-1967), Robert Barrett (1968) and John Calvin (1974-1999)
Children Thomas, Robert John and Tracy

Jane Russell was born as Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell on 21 June 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota, U.S.A. She died on 28 February 2011, in Santa Maria, California, due to respiratory failure. She was 89 at that time.

Jane Russell endured perfect body measurements

Russell earned fame not just through her acting skills, but also through her voluptuous good looks. Her body is still exemplified as a perfect hourglass shape.

The brunette bombshell possessed a sizzling figure which looked great in bikinis. Her body measurements of 38-24-36 inches were complemented by her tall height of 5'7". She weighed approximately 59 kg.

Jane Russell flaunting the one-piece swimsuit

Russell’s bikini looks may seem tame by today’s standards, but her sensual pictures were considered racy during her time. From the earliest days, Hollywood has sold female sensuality, but as a full-package of allure: figure, face, and personality. She was the first actress, who rose as a movie star by being peddled in parts.

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Jane Russell's hot figure got notice in almost all of her movies

Jane's onscreen appearances trumpeted her as "World’s Most Exciting Brunette." 

Generally cast in fluff films like The Outlaw (1943) that showed off her well-endowed beauty, she reached the pinnacle of career with 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Most of her film roles were designed around her towering physique and frontal amplitude.

Jane Russell's erotic looks while she rests on straw. The picture was used for the promotion of movie The Outlaw (1943).

Rather than her performing talents, it was her 38D bust line that drew the attention of Howard Hughes, who featured her in his movie The Outlaw. During that time, her eroticism was a big deal. She was in the highlights just for her voluptuous body until her 7-year-long contract with Hughes but her later contract with Paramount allowed her to display more of her acting.

Jane Russell (right) and Marilyn Monroe (left) in Gentlemen Prefers Blondes

Then, she was honored for her role opposite Bob Pope in The Paleface, yet continued getting acclaim for her hot frame in movies like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (where she co-starred with Marilyn Monroe) and its follow-ups Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, The French Line and The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown among others.

Later years after leaving Hollywood, while she was in her fifties, she was yet gorgeous. At that time, she became a spokeswoman for Playtex bras, appearing in TV commercials promoting the bras as ideal for full-figured girls.

Why did I quit movies? Because I was getting too old! You couldn't go on acting in those years if you were an actress over 30.

- Jane Russell

Russell’s escape from notoriety as Hollywood sex-icon and move to singing

Jane retired from movies in 1957 and thereafter limiting herself to guest roles in a few TV series and films. She then devoted her showbiz energies to singing. In 1971, she played the role of Joanne in musical drama Company.

Jane Russell singing on the stage

She wrote an autobiography, Jane Russell: My Path and My Detours, in 1985. In 1989, she received Women’s International Center Living Legacy Award. Her and Marilyn Monroe’s hand and footprints are immortalized at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6850 Hollywood Boulevard.

At the height of her career, she started the Hollywood Christian Group, a weekly Bible study at her home in 2003. She described herself as "a teetotal, mean-spirited, narrow-minded, conservative Christian Bigot but not a racist." Over the years, she reversed her image from prurient to puritan.

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Thrice-married, Jane Russell’s botched abortion led her to adopt three children

Russell became pregnant at the age of 18 while dating her high-school sweetheart, Bob Waterfield. She then went to a backstreet abortionist. The abortion process failed and left her infertile.

Jane Russell and husband Bob Waterfield carrying their adopted son

She and Waterfield later married in 1943 and adopted three children, including two boys - Thomas (born 1952) and Robert John (born 1955) and a girl named Tracy.

In 1955, she established Waif, an organization to place kids with adoptive families. It became one of the first organizations to initiate adoptions from foreign countries by Americans.

After more than two decades, Russell and Waterfield ended their marriage in 1967. Two months after the divorce, she tied the knot with actor Robert Barrett, who died of a heart attack only months after their marriage in 1968. The same nightmare recurred in her life when she lost her third husband, John Calvin, to heart failure. She and the real estate broker, John, were married from 1974 to 1999.

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