Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Another Hollywood screen legend has passed away...
The 1940s and '50s movie bombshell, whose name was synonymous with voluptuousness, died Monday morning at her home in Santa Maria, California, her family said. Jane Russell was 89.
It was 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" with Marilyn Monroe that shot Russell into the stratosphere. She was hailed for her singing and comedic acting.
While it may have been the attention to Russell's figure that kept her away from superstardom, that figure brought her Madison Avenue stardom in the 1970s when she was featured in television commercials for the Playtex Cross Your Heart Bra "for us full-figured gals."
I definitely remember those commercials. When you're a kid, you always remember underwear commercials because it's "practically naked" people on TV.
She certainly had quite a career back in the day.