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Jane Russell

Here is a song performed by the dynamic Engelbert Humperdinck, chosen to enhance the beauty of the explosive Jane Russell.
Jane Russell (1921 - 2011) is an American actress and sex symbol. She was born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell in Bemidji, Minnesota. She early modeled for photographers and studied drama and acting with Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Workshop and with famed Russian actress Maria Ouspenskaya. In 1940, Russell was signed to a seven year contract by millionaire Howard Hughes and made her motion picture debut in "The Outlaw" (1943). Together with Lana Turner, Russell personified the sensuously contoured sweater girl look. Though her early movies did little to show her true acting abilities, they helped parlay her into a career portraying smart, often cynical, tough "broads", with a wisecracking attitude. In 1947, Russell attempted to launch a musical career, recording a single with the Kay Kyser Orchestra, "As Long As I Live".
She went on to perform with proficiency in an assortment of roles, which includes playing Calamity Jane in "The Paleface" (1948) and in "Son of Paleface" (1952). Russell was at the height of her wry comedic talents with her performance as Dorothy Shaw in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) opposite Marilyn Monroe, which is one of her most memorable roles. It was an excellent movie and showed her as a talented actress. She appeared in two movies opposite Robert Mitchum, "His Kind of Woman" (1951) and "Macao" (1952). Other co-stars include Frank Sinatra and Groucho Marx in the comedy "Double Dynamite" (1951), Victor Mature, Vincent Price and Hoagy Carmichael in "The Las Vegas Story" (1952), Jeff Chandler in "Foxfire" (1955) and Clark Gable and Robert Ryan in "The Tall Men" (1955). She then played in "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes" (1955), "The King and Four Queens" (1956) starring Clark Gable and Eleanor Parker, "Run for the Sun" (1956) and "The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown" (1957). Her performances in "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes", opposite Jeanne Crain, and in the drama "The Revolt of Mamie Stover" (1956) displayed her fine acting ability. In October 1957, she debuted in a successful solo nightclub act at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. She also fulfilled later engagements in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe. In 1971, she starred in the musical drama "Company on Broadway", replacing Elaine Stritch. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Though her screen image was that of a sex goddess, her private life lacked the sensation and scandal that followed other actresses of the time, such as Lana Turner. At the height of her career, Russell started the "Hollywood Christian Group", a weekly Bible study at her home for Christians in the movie business that was attended by some of the biggest names.

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