- Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1989.
- Howard Hughes, in addition to designing airplanes, is said to have designed a "cantilever bra" to take care of Miss Russell's physical endowments. (See her own confirming statement further down this page.)
- Discovered by Howard Hughes working as a receptionist for his dentist.
- Went to Van Nuys High School (Los Angeles).
- In the early 1950s, made a television commercial for Lustre Creme's shampoo campaign.
- The Waterfields adopt a baby girl, Tracy. [15 February 1952]
- The Waterfields adopt a fifteen-month-old British boy, Tommy Kavanaugh. [December 1952]
- First husband Bob Waterfield was her high school sweetheart.
- Through her organization, World Adoption International Fund (WAIF), Russell has placed 51,000 children with adoptive families.
- Her breasts are the namesake for 'The Jane Russell Peaks' in Alaska.
- On 2 February 1967, Russell filed for divorce from Bob Waterfield; it was granted in July 1968.
- Bob Hope once introduced her as "the two and only Jane Russell".
- In 1955, Russell and Bob Waterfield formed Russ-Field Productions. Under this banner, they made Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955), The King and Four Queens (1956), Run for the Sun (1956), and The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957).
- Went to high school with James Dougherty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) co-star Marilyn Monroe's first husband.
- Married John Calvin Peoples in a "kaftan" ceremony in Santa Barbara, California.
- A born-again Christian decades before the term was coined, she held weekly Bible study at her home which was attended by some of the industry's biggest names.
- Unable to bear children, Russell championed the passage of the Federal Orphan Adoption Amendment of 1953, which allowed children of American servicemen born overseas to be placed for adoption in the United States.
- Measurements: 38D-25-36 (definitive for majority of her career), 36D-26-36 (during The Outlaw (1943)), 38D-25-39 (on set of The Paleface (1948) in 1948), 38 1/2D-25 1/2-38 1/2 (for "Photoplay" pin-up in 1953), 39D-26 1/2-37 1/2 (at her bustiest in mid-1950s), 37-27-37 (self-described in 1990), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
- Howard Hughes is reported to have said of her stardom, "There are two good reasons why men go to see her. Those are enough." (Source: quoted in the book "The Humour of Sex" by Robert Hale.)
- Her three adopted children are Tracy, Thomas and Buck.
- Is portrayed by Marla Carlis in The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977) (TV), by Renee Henderson in Blonde (2001) (TV), and by Erika Nann in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) (TV).
- Attended the inauguration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953.
- Leonardo DiCaprio visited Jane while filming The Aviator (2004) in order to find up close and personal what Howard Hughes was really like.
- In 2006 (at age 84), Jane put together a musical show entitled "The Swinging Forties" that plays twice a month at the Radisson Hotel. The show features herself and about a dozen local Santa Maria residents, including a choir director, lay preacher and retired police officer. She formed the show out of boredom and because there was nothing much going on in town for the older folks to do.
- The troops in Korea named two embattled hills in her honor.
- A proud conservative, she sided publicly with an industry panel that urged the removal of certain provocative scenes in one of her films.
- Has macular degeneration and wears hearing aids in both ears.
- Retired to Santa Maria, California after the death of her third husband in 1999 to be close to her youngest son.
- In the late thirties, Jane was a member of Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Workshop and attended Maria Ouspenskaya's Drama School for another six months.
- As a little girl Jane was a tomboy. She had four brothers: Tom, Kenny, Jamie and Wally.
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