Born 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota, American film actress Jane Russell moved 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 several films in the 1950s, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes in 1953, Russell again returned to music while completing several other films in the 1960s. She starred in more than 20 films throughout her career.
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 died at her home in Santa Maria of a respiratory-related illness in 2011, at the age of 89.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Jane Russell from the 1940s and 1950s.