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Jane Russell
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Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell

(1921-06-21)June 21, 1921
Died February 28, 2011(2011-02-28) (aged 89)
Cause of death Respiratory failure
Nationality American
Education Van Nuys High School
Occupation Actress, model, singer
Years active 1943–1986
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Bob Waterfield
(m. 1943–1968; divorced)
Roger Barrett
(m. 1968; his death)
John Calvin Peoples
(m. 1974–1999; his death)
Children 3
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Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) was an American film actress and one of Hollywood's leading actresses in the 1940s and 1950s.

Russell moved from the Midwest to California, where she had her first film role in 1943 in The Outlaw. In 1947, Russell delved into music before returning to films. After starring in multiple films in the 1950s, Russell again returned to music while completing several other films in the 1960s. She starred in more than 20 films throughout her career.

Personal life

Russell married three times, adopted three children, and in 1955 founded Waif, the first international adoption program. She received several accolades for her achievements in films, including having her hand - and footprints immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, and having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Russell resided in the Santa Maria Valley along the Central Coast of California. She died at her home in Santa Maria. of a respiratory-related illness on February 28, 2011. She is survived by three children. Her funeral was held on March 12, 2011, at Pacific Christian Church, Santa Maria.


  • The Outlaw (1943)
  • Young Widow (1946)
  • The Paleface (1948)
  • His Kind of Woman (1951)
  • Double Dynamite (1951)
  • The Las Vegas Story (1952)
  • Macao (1952)
  • Son of Paleface (1952)
  • Montana Belle (1952)
  • Road to Bali (1952; cameo)
  • Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
  • The French Line (1954)
  • Underwater! (1955)
  • Foxfire (1955)
  • The Tall Men (1955)
  • Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955)
  • Hot Blood (1956)
  • The Revolt of Mamie Stover (1956)
  • The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957)
  • Fate Is the Hunter (1964; cameo)
  • Johnny Reno (1966)
  • Waco (1966)
  • Born Losers (1967)
  • Darker than Amber (1970)

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