Monday, February 28, 2011

Mae West: Jane Russell

MAE WEST commemorates the passing of another great Hollywood sex symbol today.
• • Jane Russell 1921 — 2011 • •
• • Howard Hughes liked her measurements: 38-25-36. None of these curves came from silicone. Carrie Rickey writes: Like Mae West, Jane Russell had a way of making sex seem like healthy fun. "I like a man who can run faster than I can," she says in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." [Source: Carrie Rickey is the film critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer; her column on Jane appeared on 28 February 2011.]
• • Another Mae Westian moment that comes to mind is Jane's quirky scene with the male Olympics gymnastic team, who dedicate themselves to exercising and posing as her character Dorothy Shaw sings "Ain't There Anyone Here for Love?" Whenever bodybuilders appeared onscreen with Mae, however, the fellows snapped to attention.
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