Back in the 1940s, an actress could get into a lot of trouble for showing a bit too much clevage. That’s what happened to super popular sex symbol Jane Russell (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) in her debut movie The Outlaws, directed by urine-connoisseur Howard Hughes. The film was completed in 1941, but finally shown in wide release in 1946 after dealing with censors. Somehow, I don’t think that would have been a problem today, with Katy Perry shaking her big cans in Elmo‘s furry face on “Sesame Street.”
Russell is best known as Marilyn Monroe‘s pal-around gal in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, but she was no second banana in the boob department: my favorite of the departments. Bob Hope once said that “Culture is the ability to describe Jane Russell without moving your hands” and referred to her as “the two and only Jane Russell.” When your breasts can best be described in “zing” form, you’re probably doing okay.
Russell died at 89 in her Santa Monica home. (Cinematical)
She was big fan of haystacks.