Her only other notable film was Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, a 1953 musical based on the novel by Anita Loos. For many years she served as television spokeswoman for Playtex bras, and in the 1980s she made a few guest appearances in the TV series The Yellow Rose.She and Monroe teamed up to sing Two Little Girls From Little Rock and seek romance in Paris. " In 1955, she made the sequel Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (without Monroe) and starred in the Westerns The Tall Men, with Clark Gable, and Foxfire, with Jeff Chandler. She was born Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell on June 21, 1921, in Bemidji, Minnesota, and the family later moved to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles.While working as a receptionist, she was spotted by a movie agent who submitted her photos to Hughes, and she was summoned for a test with Hawks.
"I figured Jack Beutel was going to be chosen to play Billy the Kid, so I insisted on being tested with him." Both were cast, and three months would pass before she met Hughes.
The producer was famous for dating his discoveries as well as numerous Hollywood actresses, but his contract with Russell remained strictly business.
At a 2001 film festival appearance, Russell noted that Monroe was five years younger, saying: "It was like working with a little sister." She followed that up with the 1954 musical The French Line, which like Gentlemen Prefer Blondes had her cavorting on an ocean liner. Her mother was a lay preacher, and she encouraged the family to build a chapel in their back yard.
The film was shot in 3-D, and the promotional campaign for it proclaimed: "J. Despite her mother's Christian preachings, young Jane had a wild side.
Howard Hawks, the director, was one of Hollywood's most eminent and autocratic filmmakers, who rankled under producer Hughes' constant suggestions and finally walked out.
The film's rambling, fictional plot featured Russell as a friend of Billy the Kid as he tussles with Doc Holliday and Sheriff Pat Garrett.In 1978 she married developer John Peoples, and they lived in Sedona, Arizona, and later, Santa Barbara. Over the years Russell was also beset by alcoholism.Always she was able to rebound from troubles by relying on lessons she learned from her Bible-preaching mother.During her Hollywood career she was married to the star American Football quarterback Bob Waterfield.The Outlaw, although it established her reputation, was beset with trouble from the beginning.She wrote in her 1985 autobiography, My Paths and Detours, that during high school she had a back-alley abortion, which may have rendered her unable to bear children.