Trailer Tuesday - In Memory of Jane Russell

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I found out earlier today that Jane Russell has died at the age of 89, so I am dedicating this week's Trailer Tuesday to her.

Known as the 'brunette bombshell', this voluptious beauty first appeared in The Outlaw (1943), a Howard Hughes film which was deemed too provocative at the time because of her low cut dresses and sultry poses. It took two years to get through the censorship board before it was released. It made her famous and led to her sex symbol and pin-up girl status.

But the Self-Styled Siren describes her best,

Her chief asset was likability, but that's a rare quality in a woman so stunning. There aren't many sex symbols who seem chummy on screen. A guy could buy her a beer without being ensnared forever; a woman could lament an errant lover to her without fearing that Russell might snap him up on the rebound. Russell had talent; witness her hilarious courtroom scene in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, in which she out-Marilyns Marilyn, or her perfect reactions in The Paleface, one of Bob Hope's funnier movies. She had moxie, too; "don't let her fool you," said Hope. "Tangle with her and she'll shingle your attic."

Enjoy these trailers of films Jane Russell starred in between 1943 and 1955.

One final video featuring Jane Russell, not a movie trailer, but oh I do love this song from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.