Monday, February 28, 2011

R.I.P. Jane Russell

I was saddened to learn of the passing of an old Hollywood sex-symbol from the 40's & 50's  today, Ms. Jane Russell. I absolutely loved her in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" , opposite Marilyn Monroe. She was classy, sexy, elegant, smart, sassy and oh so funny in that film, which is one of my all-time favorites. She had a figure to die for and she had style. As she got older, she became the spokeswoman for Playtex bras for "full-figured gals". I still remember those commercials from my childhood.  She was one of several women that I love to emulate their look. She was most definitely a pin-up and just oozed sex-appeal. In fact, there was much controversy surrounding her busom in her first film, "The Outlaw". Howard Hughes even specially designed and built a bra for her to please the censors. It was the first ever underwire bra of its kind. Hughes help up the film by defying the censorship codes at the time. By showcasing Jane's breasts in the film and on the movie poster, the movie became quite controversial. Hughes felt that the camera didn't do justice to her ample bosom , so that is why he built her the special bra. (which she claims she never wore)

Jane Russell died of respiratory-related illness at her home at age 89. She definitely lived a very full life and indeed will be missed by many including this "full-figured gal".

Jane and her "controversial" breasts....

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