Jane Russell Passes Away at 89

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Actress Jane Russell, a controversial Hollywood sex symbol best known for Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and other works, has died at the age of 89.

The voluptuous star of 1940s and 1950s movies, a pinup girl in an age before pinup girls, died of respiratory failure at home in Santa Maria, Calif.

While she carried many films, she was arguably at her best in comedies that, subtly or not, spoofed her sexpot image and focused on her figure.

She could also carry a tune, as this vintage clip attests ...

It was eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes who discovered Russell and put her in a movie, The Outlaw. She went onto achieve decades of success.