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.
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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.
Year of Jane Russell: Day 47
What’s better than one photo of Jane exercising on gymnastic equipment? Why two!
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.
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.”