Jane Russell, Star Of 40's & 50's Films, Dies

Jane Russell, the brunette who was discovered by Howard Hughes and went on to become one of the biggest stars of the 1940s and '50s, has died at age 89.

Russell's daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield says the actress died Monday at her home in Santa Maria of a respiratory-related illness.

Hughes, the eccentric billionaire, cast Russell in his sexy, and controversial, 1941 Western "The Outlaw," turning her into an overnight star.

She would go on to appear opposite such leading men as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, as well as fellow actress Marilyn Monroe.

Although her film career slowed in the 1960s, Russell remained active throughout her life.

Until her health began to decline a few weeks ago, Waterfield said she remained active singing and working for various causes.


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  • by Allen Location: Washington on Mar 1, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    What a wonderful life she lived, staying active and healthy until the end. She was a beautiful and charitable woman, and it is said possessed a strong Christian faith. RIP, Jane.
  • by cj on Mar 1, 2011 at 09:33 AM
    she was so hot. granted, not at 89. hollywood today has nothing to rival the class of the past (Russell, Monroe, Bardeau). they are all too strange anymore. liberalism has too heavily poluted the industry.
  • by pIRATE Location: Greenville on Mar 1, 2011 at 09:02 AM
    One of the most beautiful women of her time. A total bombshell. RIP Ms Russell.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Mar 1, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    Our years to shine on Earth is finite, make the most of the time God gives to us.
  • by T Maxx Location: G-vegas on Feb 28, 2011 at 06:21 PM
    Ms. Russell was a awesome actress and person, She will be missed.
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Feb 28, 2011 at 05:59 PM
    The lights of Hollywood just got dimmer. A beauty from a bygone age....
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