You can chalk this up in the category of those who I thought were already gone. The sad thing is she really wasn't all that old too so I don't know why I thought that. I just tend to think like that when the actors/actresses from yesteryear are never heard from again. Until we ultimately get news like this.
Iconic silver screen bombshell from the 40s and 50s Jane Russell died Monday in her home in Santa Maria, Califironia due to respiratory failure. She was 89-years-old.
Okay...maybe to some people 89 is considerably old. Heck, I still remember when I was a freshman in college we used to make fun of one of the guys in our dorm because at 22-years-old he was an "old man". But as we get older those bigger numbers all become relative. Jane hadn't even hit 90 yet. She certainly lived a full life, but one would still think she had some time left.
As much as I love my movies, I didn't get into a lot of the movies from the era when Russell was doing her thing. Yet even with that handicap I was still familiar with who she was. It was because of what she was known for more than anything else. That voluptuous figure that became her signature of sorts. She had the figure back then that women pay thousands of dollars to get these days just to get noticed.
One could almost say that actresses like Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe were pioneers in their own right. They were able to prove that thick can be sexy and talented at the same time. Not that I can vouch on the last part. However, everytime I look at one of their classic photos I can certainly appreciate how they made the first part of that statement true.
Rest in peace, Ms. Russell.