Little Rock Look Back: Birth of Jane Russell

Actress Jane Russell was born on June 21, 1921.

One of her best known film roles was as Dorothy Shaw in the 1953 film version of GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES.  In that movie duetted with Marilyn Monroe on the song “Little Girls from Little Rock.” (It was a revised version of the song “(I’m Just a) Little Girl from Little Rock” which was written for the original stage version.)

She also had the chance to spoof Monroe in the film by imitating her and hamming it up singing a snippet of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” in a courtroom scene.  But it is the opening sequence of the movie which is one of Russell’s iconic moments on screen.

Here is a clip.

After a multi-decade career in film and humanitarian causes, Russell died in February 2011 at the age of 89.