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He's been all but forgotten, but the Lff's restrospective should spur new interest in the singing cowboy and his palomino, Trigger
It's as if Roy Rogers never existed. The "singing cowboy" has almost entirely disappeared from our screens. The only time you're likely to catch a glimpse of him is when Bob Hope movie Son of Paleface turns up on television – it features Rogers gently sending himself up, as well as his beautiful palomino Trigger, surely the most good-looking horse in the history of westerns, performing a dance.
Rogers (whose real name was Leonard Slye) made more than 80 films. Early in his career, he was one of the original Sons of the Pioneers, the cowboy singing group whose songs included Tumbling Tumbleweeds (featured in The Big Lebowski) and Cool Water. He had his own radio show, his own TV show and there was even a restaurant chain bearing his name. »
- Geoffrey Macnab
For decades, wherever she went, Jane Russell was the subject of dirty jokes. She knew this in advance, and she continued to meet fate and fortune with good humour and the kind of sassy grin that keeps hope alive in the guys who tell the smutty stories. But she must have known how in Hollywood innuendo can kill you as easily as the official diseases. After all, Russell had worked with one of the great victims of the dirty joke. In Howard Hawks's gorgeous and very witty Gentlemen Prefer Blondes she had done immaculate routines with Marilyn Monroe.
You can still feel Jane's sisterly care for Marilyn on screen, and Gentlemen was one of Marilyn's happier outings. Russell had opportunities to see how Marilyn might get to be a wreck one day, »
- David Thomson
The actor Jane Russell, who has died aged 89, was among the most desired women of the 20th century. She had great erotic force and great likability. Russell made just over 20 films, but only a handful of those are remembered: her first film, The Outlaw (1943); the comedy western The Paleface (1948), with Bob Hope; and the musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), co-starring Marilyn Monroe.
The Outlaw, produced by Howard Hughes, was famously promoted with a series of publicity stills showing Russell lying in the hay, and bending down to pick up bales. The experience made her savvy about the vulgarity of the film industry. Her breasts were less covered and more fetishised, lit, photographed, designed and dreamed about than any woman's in the cinema had been until that time. Hughes even designed a special bra for her to wear in the film (although she »
- Mark Cousins
Her sensational, provocative debut in Howard Hughes’ ‘The Outlaw’ scandalized 1940s America, breaking barriers on censorship and revolutionizing the movies forever. She then became the most famous bra spokeswoman in the world!
Jane Russell, the buxom beauty who shot to stardom with her stunning cleavage-baring debut in Howard Hughes’ The Outlaw, has died at age 89. She was the bodacious Hollywood star who paved the way for the buxom beauties who followed, from Marilyn Monroe to Beyonce!
The now-iconic poster for her first movie, made after Jane was just discovered working in a doctor’s office at just 19, featured the young Minnesota-born actress in a revealing blouse that bared one shoulder — and made film censors queasy. Legend has it that Hughes designed a specially engineered bra for her 38-d breasts. But Jane always said she never wore the contraption!
After The Outlaw, Jane, who made her mark by poking fun at »
Not many actresses had enough raw charisma to share the screen with Marilyn Monroe without getting upstaged, but Jane Russell could. Russell, who died Monday at the age of 89 of respiratory-related illness, was a rare Hollywood commodity: an actress who combined raw sexual magnetism with a razor-sharp wit. She was beautiful and sexy and smart and funny, the total package. And man, what a package.
Russell gave the world two gifts for which we will be forever grateful: the musical comedy "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" with Monroe, and a figure so voluptuous it inspired filmmaker, aviator, and voluptuousness hobbyist Howard Hughes to invent one of the first underwire brassieres. As the legend goes, Russell served as Hughes' bra muse during production of his film "The Outlaw" in 1941. The 19-year-old actress had been plucked from obscurity working in a doctor's office when Hughes cast her for her curvaceous body and smoldering onscreen presence. »
- Matt Singer
She plays Doc Holliday's girl Rio, who falls in love with a wounded Billy the Kid when he hides out with her, on the run from Pat Garrett. Not remotely historically accurate, this blood-heat western is best remembered for the censorship squabbles over exactly how far Russell was allowed to lean over while tenderly ministering to the Kid. Hughes's legendary underwired cantilevered brassiere was designed during the shooting of the film, but Russell denied she ever wore it.
- Andrew Pulver
Actress Jane Russell died earlier today of respiratory failure in her Santa Maria home at the age of 89. As the legend goes, film mogul Howard Hughes was taken aback by Russell's 38-inch bust and promptly cast her in The Outlaw. The film was shot in 1941 and never missed an opportunity to spotlight Ms. Russell's voluptuous figure, a stylistic choice that troubled the censors and kept the film from a wide release until 1946. (At which point The Outlaw was a smash hit.) But Russell was more than the sum of her breasts. Her relatively brief career is noted for commanding performances in The Paleface, His Kind of Woman, Macao, and most notably Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. It is best to present Ms. Russell in motion, in Technicolor; so hit the jump for musical highlights from her career. "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love" - Gentlemen Prefer Blondes "Buttons and Bows" - Son of Paleface »
- Brendan Bettinger
7 items from 2011
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