Monday, February 28, 2011

Jane Russell 1921-2011

One of my favorite actresses and sex symbols, she passed away today at 89.

2 comments:

Tallulah Morehead said...

I am SO SORRY to hear this.

In the early 1970s I produced, and wrote for a top-rated LA radio show. Jane was a regular listener, and often phoned in off-the-air to compliment stuff we'd done. Once we were doing a stunt involving a lot of bras, and we asked Jane for one of hers, since her breasts were so legendary, and she happily agreed. I got to go to her home to collect it. She was living in the manager's apartment of an apartment buildng she owned and ran. (Imagine having Jane Russell as your landlady!)

She invited me in, knowing my work, and served me a coke and we chatted awhile. She was utterly charming, self-deprecating, and had a GREAT sense of humor. That night at dinner, you should have seen my dad's face when I ever-so-casually mentioned that I had Jane Russell's bra in my car. That it was true only made it sweeter.

Jane was a wonderful talent, and a fine, dear lady, utterly free of pretention, and I am actually crying now to learn of her passing. I loved her.

Roger Owen Green said...

I feel badly because I probably know her best for those '18-hour bra' commercials.