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Dead Person of the Day – February 28 – Jane Russell

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Folks,

Talk about a dame to get your knickers in a tizzy eh? Jane Russell – va va voom!

Before we get into the whole thing lets note a couple things:

Howard Hughes continuously proves he has an eye for talent
The catholic church being out of touch is nothing new.

Ms. Russell was a voluptuous actress at the center of one of the most highly publicized censorship episodes in movie history, the long-delayed release of the 1940s western The Outlaw.

Ms. Russell was 19 and working in a doctor’s office when Howard Hughes, returning to movie production after his aviation successes, see her one day while visiting his podiatrist. One look at her curves and he was treating her to a steak dinner. Rumor has it he even flew in an authentic boston cream pie from The Parker House. Needless to say he cast her as the tempestuous Rio McDonald, the object of a romantic rivalry between Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid, in “The Outlaw,” which he directed (and did a superb job).

But hey Norm…why was the movie so polarizing? Good question. A movie poster — which showed a sultry Ms. Russell in a cleavage-revealing blouse falling off one shoulder as she reclined in a haystack and held a gun — quickly became notorious and seemed to fuel movie censors’ determination to prevent the film’s release because of scenes that, by 1940s standards, revealed too much of the star’s supple breasts. The Roman Catholic Church was one of the movie’s vocal opponents. Ironically, in a stunning turn of a events that same Jane Russell became a staunch right wing, christian conservative later in life promoting pro life agendas, speaking in tongues and the right for the pope to wear his red slippers where ever he damn well pleased.

But back to the genius of Howard Hughes….

Although the film had its premiere and ran for nine weeks in San Francisco in 1943, it did not open in New York until 1947 and was not given a complete national release until 1950. Critics were generally unimpressed by its quality, but it made Ms. Russell a star. The specially engineered bra that Hughes was said to have designed for his 38D leading lady took its place in cinematic history. Brilliant!

It’s a sexy day here at The Shade. If you haven’t yet I highly recommend today’s edition of Sexy Memoirs. While I can’t stand most of the stiffs on their writing staff Rayburn shows some promise
Obits Thursday. Wahooo

Jane Russell, Sultry Star of 1940s and ’50s, Dies at 89

By ANITA GATES

Published: February 28, 2011

Jane Russell, the voluptuous actress at the center of one of the most highly publicized censorship episodes in movie history, the long-delayed release of the 1940s western “The Outlaw,” died on Monday at her home in Santa Maria, Calif. She was 89. Continue


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