Hollywood sex symbol Jane Russell dies at 89

14:04, March 01, 2011      

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<center class="t091105">Hollywood actress Jane Russell. (File Photo)

Hollywood actress Jane Russell passed away at the age of 89, according to Reuters reports Tuesday.

Surrounded by her children, the "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" star died of respiratory problems at her home in central California, according to her daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield.

Russell, who gained her fame after starring in the sex and controversial 1941 Western "The Outlaw," was one of the best-known sex symbols of the 1940s and 1950s.

She was discovered by billionaire Howard Hughes, who produced "The Outlaw", a movie that was kept by the censors from general release until 1950.

Before her film career slowed in the 1960s, Russell starred in dozens of films, including her biggest box-office hits "Paleface" with Hope and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" with Monroe.

Despite her declining health conditions, Waterfield said Russell remained active in singing, charity and other causes.

Source: Xinhuanet/agencies
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