Who knew that actress Jane Russell was a “God-fearing” conservative and proud Republican?
The 50’s bombshell found herself at the center of one of Hollywood’s most publicized censorship episodes over a blouse with a plunging neckline in the 1943 Western film “The Outlaw,” according to Fox News — the film was directed by Howard Hughes.
Hughes reportedly had a specially engineered bra designed for the voluptuous young actress, although Russell always contended that she never wore it.
A publicity still from the film depicting a sultry Russell may have been a GI favorite during World War Two, but it was the source of plenty of controversy at home.
The sultry iconic Jane Russell photo from the movie "The Outlaw" (1943). It was a pin-up favorite of G.I.'s during WWII. pic.twitter.com/PYiPQtYpnQ
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But the late actress turned out to be a conservative at heart, and would later give up her career to raise her adopted children, according to James Bawden, who co-authored a book titled “You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet,” which features interviews with top stars from Hollywood’s golden era.
“Jane said, ‘When my little children were starting school, I decided I was going to get out of movies because I didn’t want to cause them any kind of embarrassment,’” the author recalled to Fox News.
“The kids were already starting to make fun of them… She got out of the business and became a singer in Las Vegas and all around the world,” Bawden added.
Russell starred alongside Marilyn Monroe in the iconic 1953 film, “Gentleman Prefer Blondes,” but Bawden said she believed being a sex symbol was “boring.”
“She said, ‘I never took that seriously,’” he claimed. “‘The difference between me and Marilyn Monroe is that Marilyn had so many problems in her life because she thought being a sex symbol and a big star would solve everything. It just gave her a whole new set of problems.”
“In my case, I came from a very Christian background,” she continued, according to the author. “When I was 18, I was turned into this sex symbol by a very strange man named Howard Hughes. I never believed in it at any time… But Marilyn believed in everything. The business then turned around and killed her.'”
Russell, who died in 2011 at age 89 from a respiratory-related illness, said Monroe once told her, “I think I’m in love with the most powerful man in the world.”
She never believed Monroe killed herself, as was reported.
Either way, it seems that Russell, if alive today, would be aboard the Trump train of political incorrectness.
“These days I’m a teetotal, mean-spirited, right-wing, narrow-minded, conservative Christian bigot but not a racist,” she told The Daily Mail in 2003.
According to legendary star, being a bigot “just means you don’t have an open mind.”
Conservative religious values were important to Russell, who saw herself as “God-fearing” and “family-oriented,” according to Bawden.
“Her Christianity was so deep… she was very, very right wing,” he said.
A characterization that would not be well received in today’s Hollywood, dominated as it is by left-wing zealots.
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