Today marked the sad passing of one of America's most dashing 1940's starlets, Jane Russell. First discovered at the age of nineteen by movie mogul Howard Hughes, Russell's first film role was the lead in 1940's Western, The Outlaw. But she was probably best known playing Dorothy Shaw, Marilyn Monroe's witty sidekick in Gentleman Prefer Blondes.
And here's our favourite clip from that classic movie:
Not only was Russell a fantastic actress and singer, the Minnesotan bombshell kept busy with a variety of projects beyond the silverscreen. These ranged from being the spokewoman of Playtex (Cross-Your-Heart!)- bras to her proudest achievement, in 1955 founding the World Adoption International Fund (WAIF), a charity organisation that placed children with adoptive families and which pioneered adoptions from foreign countries by Americans.
We wish a fond farewell to Jane, and leave you with a gallery of her most glamourous moments...enjoy!