R. I. P. Jane Russell, the original Montana Belle

Hearing of the passing of Jane Russell earlier this week got me thinking. This old Jane Russell movie has nothing to do with my story, and I didn’t even realize it existed until after my Montana Belle published. But I love this poster. They don’t make movie stars like they used to, do they? My husband asked me the other day which current actors or actresses I’d meet if I had the chance. I could think of several guys (George Clooney, Colin Firth, etc.), but not a single actress. The younger actresses just sort of seem like cookie cutter starlets to me.
But not Jane Russell. Rest in peace, Jane, the original Montana Belle and “full figured gal!”


About Linda Morris

Linda Morris is a multipublished writer of contemporary and historical romance. She writes stories with heart and heat, and a joke or two thrown in. When she's not writing, working, or mommying, she's doing yoga, reading, working in her flower garden, or baking delicious things she probably shouldn't eat. A beat-up old copy of Kathleen Woodiwiss's "Ashes in the Wind" that her mom bought for her at a garage sale years ago was her "gateway drug" into the world of romance novels. Her all-time favorite romance writers include Laura Kinsale, Patricia Gaffney, Elizabeth Delancey, and Marjorie Ferrell. Current favorites include Julie Anne Long, Erin McCarthy, and Shannon McKenna.
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4 Responses to R. I. P. Jane Russell, the original Montana Belle

  1. Lilly Gayle says:

    I hadn't heard she passed. Curvy women used to appreciate their curves. Now, they all want to go on starvatin diets.


  2. P.L. Parker says:

    I loved Jane Russell – I remember her in pictures. She was earthy, sexy.


  3. I read that Jane Russell's bra straps were so uncomfortable that her then beau Howard Hughes developed the cross-your-heart bra concept for her. Now all us "full-figured women are glad he came up with that theory.


  4. I heard the same bra story, Caroline! Although in her obituaries, she swore she never wore it. Hughes famously cast her in the movie "The Outlaw" and then spent forever reshooting and editing it. It was so controversial (in part due to Russell's revealing costumes) that it was shelved and released only years after the fact. The controversy made her a star, however.


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