Jane Russell Photographed by André de Dienes View 3

Year of Jane Russell: Day 54

André de Dienes favored outdoor photography and often took advantage of Southern California’s beaches for sessions, which is where he worked with Jane.

Jane Russell Photographed by André de Dienes View 2

Year of Jane Russell: Day 53

Here’s the next in the set of André de Dienes contact prints of Jane that I purchased last year. It’s one of my favorites.

Jane Russell Photographed by André de Dienes View 1

Year of Jane Russell: Day 52

Some favorite Jane Russell photos in my personal collection are four contact prints taken by photographer André de Dienes in the early 1940s. De Dienes is best known for his photos of Marilyn Monroe, who he photographed on multiple occasions from the mid-1940s to early 1950s. Personally, I think his images of Marilyn are some of the best taken of her, which was why I jumped on the Jane photos, even though they were a little pricey.

I ended up not using any in the book, but did use them for a promotional bookmark, which you can get if you pre-order Mean…Moody…Magnificent over at Larry Edmunds Bookshop! 

Jane at the Beverly Hills Hotel View 4

Year of Jane Russell: Day 51

Here’s one last photo of Jane at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool. Her swimsuit is different from the last three, but it has the same emblem at the bottom, so maybe it was modeling shoot. Hope you’ve enjoyed this set!

Jane at the Beverly Hills Hotel View 3

Year of Jane Russell: Day 50

What’s the point of photographing Jane Russell at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool of you don’t show her climbing out of it, bone dry and with perfect hair and make-up?

Jane at the Beverly Hills Hotel View 2

Year of Jane Russell: Day 49

Here’s another pic of Jane posing at the Beverly Hills Hotel. This sandy area was paved over at some point.

Jane at the Beverly Hills Hotel View 1

Year of Jane Russell: Day 48

I love photos of Jane taken outside the studio and around Los Angeles. I recently acquired some snapshots of Jane taken at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool circa 1942. Here’s the first.

More Exercising ala Jane

Year of Jane Russell: Day 47

What’s better than one photo of Jane exercising on gymnastic equipment? Why two!

Motionless Picture Actress

Year of Jane Russell: Day 46

While Howard Hughes continued to delay release of The Outlaw, Jane was kept busy in front of still cameras for most of 1941-42. She was photographed so frequently and received so much press that she became known as the “Motionless Picture Actress.” For the next couple of weeks, we’ll take a look at some of the countless photos of Jane taken during her “motionless” period. This photo of Jane, sent out by Russell Birdwell’s office claimed now that she was done filming The Outlaw, she had plenty of time to exercise.

Bad Journalism but Good Business.

Year of Jane Russell: Day 45

Jane proved so popular as a pin-up that it wasn’t unheard of for her to be on the cover of a magazine for consecutive months. Here is the May 1942 issue of SPOT magazine with Jane. The following month’s cover would feature one of the Hurrell color images which we already took a look at. Of this decision, the editor of the magazine admitted it was “bad journalism but good business.”