Brunette screen siren Jane Russell died on Monday at her home in Santa Maria, California. The actress passed away after a short illness due to respiratory problems. She was 89.
Russell made her debut in 1943’s “The Outlaw” where her provocative turn in a low-cut blouse lead to her becoming a favorite pinup girl of soldiers during World War II and Korea.
She appeared in almost two dozen films in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s including the role of Calamity Jane in “The Paleface”, and arguably her most famous turn as Marilyn Monroe’s female friend in the classic musical “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”.