She was 89-years-old and she died today: Jane Russell. Duane Byrge (Hollywood Reporter) notes:
Although best known for her figure, Russell showed a comic sensibility in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and again with Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955) and The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956). Nevertheless, most of her movie roles were designed around her towering physicality and frontal amplitude.
Although Russell made only a handful of films after the 1960s, she had remained active in her church, with charitable organizations and with a local singing group until her health began to decline just a couple weeks ago, said her daughter-in-law, Etta Waterfield.
“She always said I’m going to die in the saddle, I’m not going to sit at home and become an old woman,” Waterfield told The Associated Press. “And that’s exactly what she did, she died in the saddle.”Dominic Rushe (Guardian) adds:
Russell appeared in dozens of films and theatrical productions and wrote an autobiography in 1985 called My Path and Detours. Her biggest box-office hits were Paleface, a comedy western with Bob Hope, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
She made only a handful of films after the 1960s but remained active in her church, with charitable organisations and with a local singing group.
The last thing I remember seeing Ms. Russell in was an NBC TV show, The Yellow Rose of Texas. It started off as a western and then, due to low ratings, was retooled as a soap opera. Cybill Shepherd and Sam Elliot starred with Jane Russell and Chuck Connors (and others). This was the TV show Cybill did right before Moonlighting. Jane Russell was not a 'dainty thing' on the show. She was really active and this was in the early 80s.
The Guardian cannot get over that she was right-wing. So what?
She was an important film personality. And she was important on TV. She could have been cheesy in all of those Playtex bra commercials. Instead, she brought that same film personality into the commercials. Dorothy was the role that she will always be remembered for, her and Marilyn Monroe singing "When Love Goes Wrong" and other numbers. She even sings "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" (she sings it in the court room, Marilyn Monroe does it wearing that pink satin dress and surrounded by all the dancing men).
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today: