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. Â 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. Â 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. Â She started the Hollywood Christian Group in the early 1950s as a prayer and Bible study group for people working in the film industry. Â She developed a staunch right-wing political viewpoint, and she was known in later life for her vocal support of the Republican party. Â Jane Russell died of a respiratory illness at her home in California on Monday.