Jane Russell has passed away at age 89, KSBY is, sadly, reporting today.
Russell, a major Hollywood star of the 1940’s and 50’s, began her career as a celebrity sex symbol, first appearing in Howard Hughes’ The Outlaw. The 1943 release was famously the subject of a legal battle over exactly how much of Russell’s cleavage could be displayed and not violate production code.
From there, Russell’s career blossomed with her turning in her most famous performance in Howard Hawk’s Gentleman Prefer Blondes in 1953. Other notable roles of Russell’s include Double Dynamite (with Groucho Marx and Frank Sinatra) and His Kind of Woman and Macao (both opposite Robert Mitchumm).
Russell is survived by three children, six grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.