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This Day in WWII 28 January 1941 - 1945 *1932


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PennsylvaniaRRAd-Jan1943.jpg Pennsylvania Railroad Ad - January 1943

1941: French General Charles DeGaulle's Free French forces sack south Libya oasis.

Jane%20Russell1.jpg **Jane Russell

1942: Timoshenko's offensive in the Ukraine slows down after a 60-mile thrust.

1942: German forces recapture Benghazi.

Jane%20Russell2.jpg Jane Russell

1943: The whole of the German workforce is mobilised for 'total war'. All men aged 16-65 and women aged 17- 50 to be registered.

Jane%20Russell3.jpg Jane Russell

1944: To make clear their displeasure about ongoing assistance to the Nazi war effort by Francisco Franco's Spain, the United States and Britain announce a total oil embargo of the country. With Spanish life grinding to a virtual standstill, Franco agrees finally to cease supplying the Germans with critical war materials and to withdraw the last Spanish troops fighting with the Germans in Russia. By May, the embargo is lifted.

1944: The Red Army succeeds in encircling several German divisions in the area of Cherkassy.

Jane%20Russell4.jpg Jane Russell

1945: The Ardennes salient is finally eradicated.

1945: The first convoy for three years reaches China through Burma.

1945: Chiang Kai-shek renames the Ledo-Burma Road the Stilwell Road, in honor of General Joseph Stilwell.

Jane%20Russell5.jpg Jane Russell

*1932: The Japanese attack Shanghai, China, and declare martial law.

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**Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was born on June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her father was an US Army lieutenant and her mother had been a student of drama and an actress with a traveling troupe. Once Mr. Russell was mustered out of the service, the family took up residence in Canada, but moved to California when he found employment there. The family was well-to-do and although Jane was the only girl among four brothers, her mother saw to it that she took piano lessons. In addition to music, Jane was interested in drama much as her mother had been and participated in high school stage productions. Upon graduation, Jane took a job as a receptionist for a doctor who specialized in foot disorders. Although she had originally planned on being a designer, her father died and she had to go to work to help the family. Jane modeled on the side and was very much sought-after especially because of her figure.

She managed to save enough money to go to drama school, with the urging of her mother. She was ultimately signed by Howard Hughes for his production of "The Outlaw" (1943) in 1941, the film that was to make Jane famous. The film wasn't a classic by any means, but was geared to show off Jane's ample physical assets. Although the film was made in 1941, it wasn't released until two years later and then only on a limited basis due to the way the film portrayed Jane's assets. It was hard for the flick to pass the censorship board. Finally, the film gained general release in 1946. The film was a smash at the box-office.

Jane didn't make another film until 1946 when she played Joan Kenwood in "Young Widow" (1946). She had signed a seven year contract with Hughes and it seemed the only films he would put her in were those that displayed Jane in a very flattering light due to her body. Films such as 1951's "His Kind of Woman" (1951) and "The Las Vegas Story" (1952) did nothing to showcase her true acting abilities. Probably the pinnacle of her career was in 1953's "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) as Dorothy Shaw, with Marilyn Monroe. This film showed Jane's comedic side very well. Jane did continue to make films throughout the 1950s, but the films were at times not up to par, particularly with Jane's talents being wasted in forgettable movies in order to show off her sexy side. Films such as "Gentlemen Marry Brunettes" (1955) and "The Revolt of Mamie Stover" (1956) did do Jane justice and were able to show exactly the fine actress she was.

Jane%20Russell7.jpg Jane Russell

After "The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown" (1957) (a flop) in 1957, Jane took a hiatus from films, to dabble a bit in television, returning in 1964 to film "Fate Is the Hunter" (1964). Unfortunately, the roles were not there anymore as Jane appeared in only four pictures during the entire decade of the sixties. Her last film of the decade was 1967's "The Born Losers" (1967). After three more years away from the big screen, she returned to make one last film called "Darker Than Amber" (1970) in 1970. Her last play before the public was in the 1970s when Jane was a spokesperson for Playtex bras. Had Jane not been wasted during the Hughes years, she could have been a bigger actress than what she was allowed to show.

TRIVIA:

Measurements: 38D-25-36 (definitive for majority of her career), 36D-26-36 (during The Outlaw (1943)), 38D-25-39 (on set of The Paleface (1948) in 1948), 38 1/2D-25 1/2-38 1/2 (for "Photoplay" pin-up in 1953), 39D-26 1/2-37 1/2 (at her bustiest in mid-1950s), 37-27-37 (self-described in 1990), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

Height: 5' 7" (1.70 m)

Spouse:

John Calvin Peoples (31 January 1974 - April 1999) (his death)

Roger Barrett (25 August 1968 - 18 November 1968) (his death)

Bob Waterfield (24 April 1943 - 2 February 1967) (divorced) 3 children

The troops in Korea named two embattled hills in her honor.

Her breasts are the namesake for 'The Jane Russell Peaks' in Alaska.

A born-again Christian decades before the term was coined, she held weekly Bible study at her home which was attended by some of the industry's biggest names.

Unable to bear children, Russell championed the passage of the Federal Orphan Adoption Amendment of 1953, which allowed children of American servicemen born overseas to be placed for adoption in the United States.

Has a street named after her in Iowa City, Iowa.

NorthAmericanAviationAd-Jan1944.jpg North American Aviation Ad - January 1944

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