Jane Russell hangs out with football player, Otto Everett Graham, Jr, his wife, Bev and Robert Mitchum.
While filming their first film together, His Kind of Woman, Bob and Jane got along like old buddies. From her stand-in and friend Carmen Cabeen, Russell was already well acquainted with some of Bob’s more depraved antics and she had prepared herself for his “shocking side,” but the fact that he was also so “intellectual, gentle, caring” came as a most pleasant surprise. She would rave about his astounding command of the English language—even as he would tell her she was the most inarticulate girl he knew. He would tease her about her God-fearing ways, but he understood she was no Loretta Young, wallowing in piety. He loved to tell the one about the pestering reporter who couldn’t believe a girl with her “image” read the Bible and went to church each Sunday. “Hey Buddy,” she told him, “Christians have big breasts, too.” She was good-natured, generous, strong-minded when she had to be, a stand-up guy. Mitchum nicknamed her “Hard John.” They became fast friends. “I think she really adored Bob, loved him deeply, but without any hankypanky. Because she’s a very straight girl. And he loved her. It was just a marvelous combination,” commented Vincent Price.
Robert Mitchum said of Jane: “Jane Russell is an authentic original. She is pragmatic in her faith and fanatic in her loyalties. She disdains the weakness of vanity, and guards the truth with moral zeal. She tells it how it is.”
Jane Russell, who always sparkled
”Robert was sexy, dynamic, opinionated, extremely bright, witty, and stubborn as they come. You either find that kind of man irresistible and exciting or you don’t understand him and can’t tolerate him for a moment. And I’m no dainty violet either, in temperament or mouth. Believe me, I can be a bitch. So we deserved each other.” - Jane Russell answering the question of why she stayed in her often turbulent marriage to Robert Waterfield for as long as she did. They were married for 23 years, ending in a bitter divorce.
The 1963 concert post card for the Rivera Hotel’s show with Louis Armstrong, Jane Russell, Beryl Davis and Connie Haines.
From left to right, Connie Haines, Jane Russell, Louis Armstrong and Beryl Davis celebrating Louis’s 50th Anniversary in show business in Las Vegas, 1963.
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