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1940s film star Jane Russell dies at 89

February 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Jane Russell, one of the biggest stars of the 1940s and '50s, has died at age 89.

Jane Russell's daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield said Russell died at her home in Santa Maria Monday of a respiratory-related illness, according to the Associated Press.

Russell was discovered by industrialist and Hollywood mogul Howard Hughes. He cast her in the 1941 Western "The Outlaw," a controversial film at the time. Russell became an overnight success.

Russell starred in films with notables like Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Marilyn Monroe.

Russell was a huge film star in the 1940s and 1950s and remained in show business throughout her life.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.