Russell quite literally burst upon the scene in Howard Hughes’ 1943 classic The Outlaw and soon became a pin-up girl for WWII servicemen. The buxom brunette was perhaps best known for co-starring with Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes a decade later.
I remember Russell as the spokeswoman for the Playtex “cross your heart” bras in the early 1980s.
Despite her image as a sex symbol, Russell was a devout Christian. She was also an unabashed conservative. In a 2002 interview, Russell said, “I want to save America. I do not want a one-world order, a one-world government, at all. I think that our Founding Fathers had exactly the right idea, and we’ve got a great country, and let’s go back to God.”
Amen to that.
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