Year of Jane Russell: Day 163
Many exteriors in The Las Vegas Story were shot on location with the entrance of the Flamingo Hotel doubling as the fictional Hotel Fabulous. The film inadvertently is a wonderful time capsule of 1950s Las Vegas.
Year of Jane Russell: Day 162
After Macao, Jane was cast as a nightclub singer for a third time in The Las Vegas Story. This time, she would play opposite Victor Mature and be reunited with Vincent Price, her co-star in His Kind of Woman, and a friend offscreen.
Year of Jane Russell: Day 161
Do you know what I’m doing in this photo? If you guessed Zooming in with TCM host Alicia Malone to discuss the Jane Russell book, you’d be correct! They’ll be celebrating Jane’s centennial the week of June 21, with The Outlaw, The Paleface, and His Kind of Woman airing on June 25th!
Year of Jane Russell: Day 160
I am a sucker for Los Angeles architecture, so the chapter I most enjoyed writing was the one all about the fabulous Mid-Century Modern home in Sherman Oaks that she helped design with architect Kemper Nomland Jr. I am over the moon that Architectural Digest found Jane’s interest in design fascinating and has published an article all about it. Read it here and enjoy!
Year of Jane Russell: Day 159
One of my family’s stay at home projects the past few months is the Little Miss Movies Podcast where my husband and I make our 10-year-old daughter watch movies and then discuss them with her. In honor of the Jane Russell book coming out, this week’s focuses on that most wonderful film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Take a listen on the podcast website or wherever you might consume your favorite audio shows.
Year of Jane Russell: Day 158
This fabulous image of Jane with actor & artist Keye Luke on the set of Macao almost made it into the book, but was cut for lack of space. They’re standing in front of a mural Luke worked on.
Year of Jane Russell: Day 157
Today I had the pleasure of hanging out with Jeff over at Larry Edmunds Bookshop and signing the piles of Jane Russell books that have arrived! It’s not too late to order a signed copy.
Just a reminder that I’ll be doing an in-person launch at Larry Edmunds on Saturday, June 19th from 4-6pm and will be doing a virtual event with them on Monday, June 21st. More details on that soon!
Year of Jane Russell: Day 156
We are 10 days away from the release of Mean…Moody…Magnificent! Jane Russell and the Marketing of a Hollywood Legend! I didn’t think it would be possible, but we are going to have an old fashioned in-person book release!
Saturday, June 19, 4-6pm
Larry Edmunds Bookshop
6644 Hollywood Blvd,
Los Angeles, CA 90028
It’ll be super low key with some cool Jane Russell items from my collection on display and plenty of copies of the book which I will be on hand to sign. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi!
Year of Jane Russell: Day 155
After His Kind of Woman, Jane was teamed with Robert Mitchum again in Macao. This was the first time she worked with designer Michael Woulfe whose gold mesh dress was so stunning, that Howard Hughes allowed it onscreen, even though it wasn’t low cut.
Year of Jane Russell: Day 154
For the main artwork for His Kind of Woman, Howard Hughes turned to Mario Zamparelli who he employed often. Hughes loved it, but the art was deemed too provocative in England where Jane’s neckline was raise for the posters.