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Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)

Leadfingers 28 Feb 11 - 08:05 PM
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Subject: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 08:05 PM

Just heard it on the news - Jane Russell has gone to the final studio in the sky !


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Subject: RE: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell [Jane Russell]
From: Acme
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 08:54 PM

Does she get to stay up above the line, considering the musicals she was in? I rewatched Gentlemen Prefer Blondes the other day - that's one they need to restore. I think there might be a wider screen version that would let the dance numbers look better.

SRS
    Not to worry. ALL obituaries start above the line, and the non-music ones move below when their time comes....which is when a moderator wakes up from his/her nap and notices. Still, despite her obvious bodily assets, she WAS a singer.
    -Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell [Jane Russell]
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 09:18 PM

Auntie Beeb DID play a bit of her singing with Ms Monroe ! (From G P B)


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Subject: RE: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell [Jane Russell]
From: Janie
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 09:48 PM

RIP.
Jane Russell, Roy Rogers, Bob Hope. Buttons 'n Bows


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Subject: RE: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell [Jane Russell]
From: Genie
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 10:00 PM

I've heard Jane sing in a number of movies, including at least one that wasn't really a "musical."

She was one of my little brother's first celebrity "crushes," being the bikini-clad (scandalous!) bombshell that she was.

RIP, Jane.


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Subject: RE: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell [Jane Russell]
From: Beer
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 10:14 PM

A beautiful lady. Another great to be remembered.

Was she the lady that was said had her legs insured for a million dollars. I remember hearing this as a youngster of some fine lady actress and seems to me it was Jane Russell.
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Subject: RE: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell [Jane Russell]
From: Crowhugger
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 10:31 PM

I thought it was Marilyn herself who had million dollar legs, but I'm not an expert on these things.


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Subject: RE: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell [Jane Russell]
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 10:34 PM

Danged!!!

Man, did she have some ________s... Know what I mean???

Sorry to hear that she has passed but must confess that I hadn't thought of her in 40 years so I'm not shocked...

B~


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Subject: RE: Obit: The Brunette Bombshell [Jane Russell]
From: Leadfingers
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 10:39 PM

I think it was Betty Grable or Cyd Charisse with the million dollar legs !


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Mrrzy
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 11:05 PM

All this time I just realized I've been picturing ROSALIND Russell, from His Girl Friday, one of the best comedies *evvver* imnsho.

I shall have to look Jane up and get upset all differently. I *was* amazed she had been still alive...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Ebbie
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 11:10 PM

Betty Grable, I do believe.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Beer
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 11:25 PM

Yes, I do believe it was Betty Grable. Thanks for the closure on this. I feel in a way that I should not have brought this topic up in view of what has happened and I apologize if I have offended anyone on it.
Adrien


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Janie
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 11:40 PM

Insured or not, still a million dollar pair of legs.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Crowhugger
Date: 28 Feb 11 - 11:43 PM

Till I saw this thread it hadn't occurred to me that Jane Russell was so recently alive. I sure do enjoy old movies from time to time including hers. Quite a survivor in spite of some interesting life choices...RIP to Miss Russell and best wishes to her family.

Mrrzy I know what you mean, I used to mix up Russells too. Once I sorted those out I started to mix the image of Rita Hayworth with Jane's name--like I more or less said in my previous post, this isn't my best subject. But an important part of Americana is lost with her passing.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 12:01 AM

Ah me!! ~~ I truanted from school in 1946 to see her in The Outlaw [made 1943, but took 3 years for a release because of the downward shots of her cleavage ~~ oh those dear dead innocent days that are no more!]. Terrible, cliché-ridden oater; and she wasn't even that good in those days ~ or maybe the lousy script didn't give her much chance. In fact, it took Hollywood far too long to realise that she was a comedienne {rather than a mere pouting pair of boobs} + a very fair singer to boot.

But, once realised, didn't she do well? And now; final exit only just under 90. Why, that's not old...

Adieu, dear Jane.

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 01:03 AM

Advertise on NYTimes.com
Jane Russell, Sultry Star of 1940s and '50s, Dies at 89


...
In the western comedy "The Paleface" (1948), she played Calamity Jane opposite Bob Hope, with whom she also starred in "Son of Paleface," the 1952 sequel. In the musical comedy that she called her favorite film, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953), she starred with Marilyn Monroe as one of two ambitious showgirls. Her numbers included "Two Little Girls From Little Rock," one of several duets with Monroe, and the comic lament "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" Two years later she starred with Jeanne Crain in "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes," a sequel of sorts, set in Paris.

A number of her movies were musicals, and singing became a large part of her career. She first appeared in Las Vegas in 1957 and was performing in musical shows at small venues as recently as 2008. Although she did considerable stage acting over the years, her sole Broadway appearance was in 1971 in the Stephen Sondheim musical "Company," in which she replaced Elaine Stritch as the tough-talking character who sings "The Ladies Who Lunch."
...

~ Becky in Long Beach


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 01:04 AM

What a life she led and lived so well...........There was only one Jane Russell and she played the part to an exquisite perfection with a vibrance of spirit that was hard to beat.

Rest easy......if that's possible..........(;<))

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 01:04 AM

(Sorry about the NYTimes advertising, there, the link is good.)


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: fat B****rd
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 03:50 AM

RIP Miss Russell


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Subject: Obit: Jane Russell
From: Fiolar
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 07:52 AM

Sadly another one of the greats has gone. Jane Russell (1921 - 2011) died on February 28th. Farewell Jane. Say "Hello" to your friends on the other side. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 08:18 AM

I saw her as Joanne in COMPANY in April or May of 1971, having driven 4 1/2 from State College, PA, to do so. (After the show I drove the 4 1/2 hours back.)

I'd come to see the show rather than her, of course, but in the role she seemed someone with whom Bobby, the show's main character, might actually wish to have an affair, as opposed to Elaine Stritch, the role's originator, who had all the sexual allure of a threshing machine.

One interesting point: she did not sing the lyric, "And Jesus Christ, is it fun," but rather substituted, "And my oh my, is it fun."

I thought it charming that a woman known as "wicked" wouldn't take the name of the Lord in vain...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: pdq
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 08:37 AM

Jane Russell was always a very conservative Christian and liked to teach Sunday school classes.

The persona that Hollywood tried to push was largely the invention of Howard Hughes. She played the part as well as she could and did not take her showbiz image very seriously.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: GUEST,Patsy
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 08:44 AM

Jane Russell always seemed such a strong buxom woman for the time not at all like the girly wilting flower kind some women portrayed back then. Although she was famous for that 'cleavage' shot (directed by Howard Hughes) as far as I know she didn't get labelled with an 'easy' label as Monroe did. Perhaps she was stronger and could handle that kind of thing better.

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Mar 11 - 03:20 PM

That cleavage was, I believe, aeronuatically engineered!

push-up bra

They don't make films or film stars like they used to.

RIP

Rog


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Rog Peek
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 05:23 PM

"The Outlaw" starring Jane Russell on BBC4 10.00 p.m. tonight (Tuesday).

Rog


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 05:29 PM

Oh my! That is the movie that really started the censors gnashing their teeth! Jane showed WAT more cleavage than common for the times. I wish I could see it....


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: Beer
Date: 15 Mar 11 - 06:38 PM

You can see a little here Bill.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gnjv3ONSa9o


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: GUEST,Alan Whittle
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 05:30 AM

I watched The Outlaw last night, and was surprised that the background music was that tune Bill Caddick used for John O'Dreams. I know its a classical theme. Tchaikovsky.....?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Brunette Bombshell (Jane Russell, 1921-2011)
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 16 Mar 11 - 05:35 AM

Al

It was written by English singer/songwriter Bill Caddick, using a melody from Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, "The Pathetique", which he probably took from a Russian or Italian folksong.
... Youtube note

~M~


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