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Jane Russell 1950's

Russell's marriage to football hero Bob Waterfield was tempestuous. They had no biological children, due to an inept back-alley abortion Russell had in her youth, so they adopted.

July 13th, 1941, Stockton, CA — Motion picture beauty Jane Russell inspects her own insignia on the training plane of Don Brown, son of gap-mouthed screen comic Joe E. Brown at the Air Corps Advanced Training School at Stockton. She’s the first actress to be chosen mascot by a group of Uncle Sam’s airmen. “D” flight, 1st Echelon, 2nd section, named their group after the starlet. © Bettmann/CORBIS


Jane Russell 1942 visit to an air base. Part of Hollywood's effort to do more for the troops. Stars such as Bob Hope were entertaining troops at camp shows, which after Pearl Harbor often required hazardous travel to active theaters of war.

Jane Russell in a plunging black evening gown.

Jane Russell was one of the most popular WWII pin-ups. She was at least a size, if not two, bigger than Marylin Monroe, who capped out at size 12 in her sexiest days (size 8 at her smallest).

Jane RUSSELL (1921-2011) * AFI Top Actress nominee > Active 1943-86 > Born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell 21 June 1921 Minnesota > Died 28 Feb 2011 (aged 89) California, respiratory failure > Other: Model, Singer > Spouses: Bob Waterfield (1943-68 div); Roger Barrett (1968-?, his death); John Calvin Peoples (1974–99, his death) > Children: 3

Jane Russell: loved her. She could sing, act, dance and crack a joke all while making men fall into a puddle of mush at her feet.