Getting Discovered

Year of Jane Russell: Day 19

After graduating from high school, Jane began modeling for Tom Kelley, the same photographer who would later shoot the famous nude photos of Marilyn Monroe. When an agent saw one of Jane’s photos at Kelley’s studio, he submitted it to Howard Hughes and Howard Hawks. Jane was tested for The Outlaw in the fall of 1940 and got the part. Here she is with Howard Hawks and costar Jack Buetel in the director’s office, located in Hughes’s building in Hollywood.

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