Hollywood Pin-Up Legend Jane Russell Dies (1921 – 2011)

March 1st, 2011 // 41 Comments

Jane Russell, the Hollywood sex symbol of the 40′s and 50′s whose breasts some theorize actually won World War II by filling our boys in uniform with unquantifiable levels of vigor, died yesterday of a respiratory illness. She was 89. The AP reports:

“She always said ‘I’m going to die in the saddle, I’m not going to sit at home and become an old woman,’” Waterfield told The Associated Press on Monday. “And that’s exactly what she did, she died in the saddle.”
It was an apt metaphor for a stunningly beautiful woman who first made her mark as the scandalously sexy and provocatively dressed (for the time) pal of Billy the Kid, in a Western that Hughes fought for years with censors to get into wide release.
As the billionaire battled to bring the picture to audiences, his publicity mill promoted Russell relentlessly, grinding out photos of her in low-cut costumes, swimsuits and other outfits that became favorite pinups of World War II GIs.
To contain her ample bust, the designer of the “Spruce Goose” airplane used his engineering skills to make Russell a special push-up bra (one she said she never wore). He also bought the ailing RKO film studio and signed her to a 20-year contract that paid her $1,000 a week.

Cleavage so powerful, Howard frickin’ Hughes had to engineer a bra for them, and best of all, 100% pure natural Minnesota-grown. They don’t build ‘em like that anymore.

Rest in Peace, Jane.

Photos: WENN


  1. DrunkRussian


  2. ChinaSuperficial

    HH had a keen eye for the hoties. RIP, Ma’am.

    • cc

      Good old HH inventing the non-bumpy bra. Now, if he’d also invented the thong, he’d be the greatest American that ever lived.

  3. Myclamisaninnie

    Bet she id a dead lay.

  4. seth

    They don’t make them like they use to.

  5. hot and classy. thanks for the mammories

  6. Cher X

    Cool and nice post of a cool and nice lady.

    Thanks Fish!

  7. Deacon Jones

    “She was a legend, I tell ya, seeeeeee?”

  8. slappy magoo

    Now I’m going to cry every time I rub one out thinking of her. But to be fair, I always cry when I rub one out. Damn hook hands. RIP, pretty lady.

  9. Wishbone

    RIP Ms. Russell

  10. me

    ………..but she gave alot of men a reason to live and so looove women.

  11. Talk Hard

    Natural beauty. So rare to find in Hollywood these days.

  12. Looking at that first pic, I would love to have a roll in the hay with her. I would nut all over them tits. Them tits look good. God bless her and rip

  13. She was hot for back in the Day!

  14. R.I.P. Jane Russell

  15. Marceelf

    She is beautiful! Compare that to Cameron Diaz or Jennifer Aniston today……..or don’t if you just ate.

  16. Cock Dr

    It’s always sad when a fabulous pin up girl dies.

  17. Chinto

    The original butterface.

  18. Good thing she died at 89 before she became an old woman.

    I remember her “cross your heat bra” commercials from when I was a kid. I never understood why “lifts and separates” was preferable…even as a little kid I knew that boobs in your armpits was less spankable than boobs pressed together.

  19. Jane Russell RIP
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    gwahgeous!!! eat your heart out

  20. GrandDragon

    I thank the good Lord that i didnt live in the 40′s and 50′s and that was the hottest piece i had to fap to.

  21. LEB

    Jane was a goddess. No other actress could have held up to Marilyn Monroe’s va-va-voom like this dame here, the second star of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and many other films. Another flame of Old Hollywood lost, but never forgotten. RIP, Jane Russell.

  22. lovelyladyhumps

    “They don’t build ‘em like that anymore”

    Ummm….Actually, they do. It’s just that today every male is obsessed with the crazy way women are portrayed in the media (huge nasty implants etc) that they don’t know what natural beauty is anymore.

    RIP Beautiful Lady

    • Don’t kid yourself. It’s not MEN who are obsessed with any of that shit, it’s women who are obsessed with outdoing other women and making fucked up grotesque messes out of themselves in the process.

      I’m done listening to this bullshit that men are pushing some kind of “unrealistic beauty standard” onto women, when it’s nothing to do with men. Men don’t give a shit about womens clothing, beauty pagents, fashion shows, top models, etc. Men like a woman who looks like a woman, acts like a woman, and doesn’t run off at the mouth about “ooh poor me” feminism bullshit.

      • Jovy

        Well said McFeely. We(women) need to stop blaming men for everything and take responsibility for ourselves for once.

    • Now go make me a sandwich.

  23. Jane Russell RIP
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    No one is that flawless. I call Photoshop. Oh wait…

  24. Jane Russell RIP
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    I always rememered her as the one that stood next to Marilyn Monroe when she done her footprints outside the Chinese Theatre.

  25. mancuso

    OMG Anita Queen died????

  26. XYZ

    Sure, she was hot as hell but thats all. Just because she belonged to another era, it doesnt make her a goddess or even more, a legend. Great package but zero talent, sorry.

  27. Jane Russell RIP
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    where is her ear?

  28. Steve

    One of the legends of Hollywood as well as the best pin-up ever (and with brains as well as beauty, too). When they made Jane Russell, someone lost the mould and we’ll never see her likes again sadly.

    Goodbye, Jane. We’ll miss you.

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