Today we pay homage to a friend of Marilyn Monroe and one of the leading sex symbols of the 1940′s and ‘50s: Jane Russell. Born on today’s date in 1921, she is one the most recognizable figures (quite literally) of the twentieth century. She is probably best known for her role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, opposite Marilyn Monroe–a film that garnered both of them critical acclaim. Jane, for her down-to-earth dry wit and Marilyn for her comedic timing.
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During filming, the two stars became lifelong friends, with Russell describing Monroe as “very shy and very sweet and far more intelligent than people gave her credit for”. Russell even escorted Marilyn (who suffered from stage fright) to the set. Marilyn and Jane also put their signatures, hand and foot prints in cement in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater together. Of the event Marilyn quipped that,”Jane was best known for her large front-side and that she was known for her wiggly walk, so Jane could lean over, and she could sit in it”.
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Together they serve as an inspiration–that two very similar and beautiful actresses can become friends as opposed to tabloid rivals stands as a testament to both their characters. Can you think of any two modern actresses that with the same relationship? Share in the comments below!