Jane Russell, star of The Outlaw, The Paleface, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Double Dynamite with Groucho Marx, passed away Monday at the age of 89 in Santa Maria, California. She was one of the last of the great pinup bombshells from the '40s and '50s, rising to stardom with help from mogul Howard Hughes, known for her great figure (and a scientifically-engineered bra).
Russell retired relatively early from pictures, doing her last film, Darker Than Amber, in 1970 before doing minimal stage work and raising a family. She started many charities and was an active adoption advocate.
According to Wikipedia she was quoted as saying, "These days I am a teetotal, mean-spirited, right-wing, narrow-minded, conservative Christian bigot, but not a racist." She was active in the religious community around Hollywood, even hosting a weekly Bible study. The late Bettie Page also went the religious route after her Hollywood glamor days.
Russell remains one of the most iconic beauties in Hollywood history, with her raven hair, devastating eyebrows, and that subtle sneer that she seemed to only perfect as she got older. And yes, that body didn't hurt matters. If Howard Hughes himself designs a bra to spotlight your breasts, then you're probably somewhat attractive.
Here are some of our favorite Jane Russell shots from over the years. Check out that killer bitchface, and the guns!
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