Actress Jane Russell dies

Classic film actress Jane Russell, who was famous in the ’40s and ’50s for her figure as much as her acting ability, has died at the age of 89.  In addition to acting, Russell tried to break through as a singer, until it was pointed out to her “assets” were more of the visual variety.  She eventually had major success in the film industry, but continued to incorporate music into her acting wherever possible.

Russell was also a devout Christian in an industry where being religious was not the norm.  She started the Hollywood Christian Group in the early 1950s as a prayer and Bible study group for people working in the film industry.  She developed a staunch right-wing political viewpoint, and she was known in later life for her vocal support of the Republican party.  Jane Russell died of a respiratory illness at her home in California on Monday.