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Sex symbol, actress and bra spokesperson Jane Russell passed away today of respiratory failure at her home in California. She was 89.
Jane Russell was initially discovered by Howard Hughes, not because of her acting talent, but because of her 38″ bust. Hughes financed her first film The Outlaw, made her a pin-up queen with WWII troops and the millionaire airplane designer even developed a special bra for her figure.
Russell appeared in many films over her career including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, Young Widow, The Las Vegas Story, His Kind of Woman, The Paleface and Born Losers, the biker flick that infamously introduced Tom Laughlin’s Billy Jack character to audiences around the world. Later she appeared in commercials for Playtex, promoting their ‘cross your heart’ bra.
Her later years were filled with some Broadway and charity work. We’ve lost another legend, she’ll be missed.
To the right is the poster that everyone had in their bedroom in the mid to late seventies, or more accurately, the poster. While it sold almost twelve million copies, I didn’t have it myself but I did have a miniature version of it as well as pics from magazines up on my door. She was a sex symbol to probably every teenage boy in America in the seventies, and now, Farrah Fawcett has passed away.
Besides being every boy’s wet dream, she was also the wife of the guy we all wanted to be – Lee Majors, “The Six Million Dollar Man.” While only being in one season, she was the undisputed star of “Charlie’s Angels.” She also appeared in dozens of other television programs in the decade including her husband’s and anything from “Marcus Welby MD” to “Harry O” to “The Partridge Family.”
In the eighties she became romantically involved with Ryan O’Neal in a relationship that lasted the rest of her life. She moved on to breathtaking dramatic performances in Extremities and The Burning Bed that resulted in several awards and nominations. Throughout her long career she has remained a pop icon and always in our minds.
Farrah passed from complications of cancer. She was 62, and she will be missed.