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Fade Out: Jane Russell (1921-2011)

The sex symbol of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and the follow-up Gentlemen Marry Brunettes, Jane Russell, has passed away at the age of 89.

She first appeared in The Outlaw, after Howard Hughes discovered her and the two body parts that become both a signature of her style and of the controversy she would help create. Her most iconic role, of course, is alongside Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes where she crooned “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in a court room (complete with a bejeweled costume and dance moves).

Although the actress went on the record saying she wasn’t happy with her film output (most likely because she never got anything beyond bubbly comedic roles that played off her hair color and chestly endowments), she left beyond a lot of solid films from the 40s, 50s, and 60s for audiences to continue to enjoy.

You can watch Gentlemen Prefer Blondes instantly, and you can watch her sing in court below:

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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