American film actress Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was born on June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Russell's acting career transcended the film industry due to her curvaceous figure and her sensual persona on screen.
Russell is one of four children, her being the only girl. Her father was a United States Army lieutenant and her mother had been a student of drama and an actress. Similar to her mother, Russell also showed an interest in drama and even participated in high school stage productions.
Russell originally planned on being a designer, however, after the death of her father she went to work to support her family. She modeled on the side and caught the interest of many production companies due to her voluptuous figure.
Her mother urged her to go to drama school, so she saved enough money to enrolled herself. She eventually signed by billionaire businessman, film producer, film director and aviator Howard Hughes.
Her first acting debut was in The Outlaw (1943) in 1941. She also starred in films such as Young Widow (1946), His Kind of Woman (1951), The Las Vegas Story (1952), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe and many more.
Russell had taken several hiatuses during her acting because she did not appreciate the way film studios were trying to use her only for her physical attributes.
Although many of her films were not critically acclaimed, her impact on the film industry can not go unnoticed. Her acting skills may have been put to the wrong use during extensive contract with Hughes, however, she did her best to show the range of acting dexterity.
Jane Russell died on in Santa Maria, California from respiratory failure.
Here is our "Five Things to Know" about Jane Russell.