Jane Russell Biography

Updated On Jan 22, 2019 Published On Sep 16, 2015
Facts of Jane Russell
Date of Birth: 1921 , June-21
Date of Death: 2011 , February-28
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 7 Inch
Name Jane Russell
Birth Name Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell
Nick Name Jane
Father Roy William Russell
Mother Geraldine (née Jacobi)
Nationality American
Birth Place/City Minnesota, United States
Religion Christian
Ethnicity White
Profession Actress
Net Worth $40 million
Salary $400,000
Famous for The Outlaw
Married yes
Married to Bob Waterfield, Roger Barrett, John Calvin Peoples
Children 3
Divorce Bob Waterfield, Roger Barrett
Education Van Nuys High School
Movies Born Losers, Waco, Fate Is the Hunter
Siblings Thomas, Kenneth, Jamie, and Wallace
Died February 28, 2011
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Jane Russell was an American actress, who is well known for big the leading sex symbols in Hollywood. She is a talented actress and has appeared in films like The Outlaw and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Jane Russell was one of those celebrities who had a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Jane Russell's early life

Jane Russell was born as Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell on the 21st of June, 1921. She was the only daughter of father Roy William Russell and mother Geraldine. She has four other brothers named Jamie, Thomas, Kenneth, and Wallace.

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She attended Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell and during her time in school Jane Russell participated in many dramas and plays.

Jane Russell's career

Jane Russell started her career as a model for photographers. She was then discovered by Howard Hughes who signed her for a seven-year film contract. 

She made her career debut as an actress, portraying the role of Rio McDonald in the 1943 film The Outlaw. Since her debut, Joanne Russell has acted in many films like Young Widow, Double Dynamite, The Las Vegas Story and many more.

She has acted alongside Alan Dale in the 1970 film Cauliflower Cupids, where she played the role of Nira DiLaurento. Other films that Jane Russell has acted in are The Yellow Rose, starring  Sam Elliott.

Jane Russell's personal life

Jane Russell was married three times in her life. She married her high school boyfriend, Bob Waterfield, whom she married on April 24, 1943, and divorced in July 1968.

They had three children, a adopted baby girl whom they called Tracy and later adopted a baby boy named Thomas, whse mother had relocated to London in order to escape poverty from Northern Ireland. They also adopted Robert John in 1956.

She then married to her spouse Roger Barrett on August 25, 1968. Roger Barrett was an actor. He died due to a heart attack on November 18, 1968.

Jane Russell again married a real estate broker, John Calvin Peoples, on January 31, 1974. She lived with him until he too died of heart failure on April 9, 1999.

Later, she died on February 28, 2011, due to respiratory failure. She was 89 years old at the time of her death and did not have any extra-marital affairs.

Jane Russell's net worth

Jane Russell had her net worth of $40 million dollars. She used to charge a huge sum for her roles as her salary. She was paid $400,000 as salary from the film Gentleman Prefer Blondes, featuring Marilyn Monroe.

Apart from that, there is no information in context to Jane Russell's net worth.

Jane Russell facts on timeline

Born in Bemidji, Minnesota

June 21 , 1921

Jane Russell was born in Bemidji, Minnesota, United States. Roy William Russell (January 5, 1890 – July 18, 1937) and Geraldine Jacobi (January 2, 1891 – December 26, 1986) were her parents. She was the eldest and only daughter of her parents and her younger brothers are Thomas (born 1924), Kenneth (born 1925), Jamie (born 1927) and Wallace (born 1929). Her mother who was also an actress.

Married to Bob Waterfield

April 24 , 1943

Jane Russell was married three times in her life. She married her high school boyfriend, Bob Waterfield, whom she married on April 24, 1943.  He was a UCLA All American, Cleveland Rams quarterback, Los Angeles Rams quarterback, Los Angeles Rams head coach, and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Death of Roger Barrett

November 18 , 1968

Jane Russell then married to her spouse Roger Barrett on August 25, 1968. Roger Barrett was an actor. He died due to heart attack in November 18, 1968. They only enjoyed their marriage life for six months and have no children.

Married again to John Calvin Peoples

January 31 , 1974

Jane Russell again married real estate broker John Calvin Peoples on January 31, 1974. After six years of her husband Roger Barrett's demise, she married John Calvin Peoples. She lived happily with him. They too did not have any children.

Death of Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell

February 28 , 2011

After having success in her career and died before reaching 90 years. Jane Russell died in February 28, 2011 due to respiratory failure. She has adopted 3 children. She died in Santa Maria, California, United States. Her funeral was held on March 2, 2011.

Adopted a daughter, Tracy Waterfield


Due to her botched abortion at the age of 18, Jane Russell could not give birth to any child. So, she, along with Bob, adopted Tracy as their child in February 1952. They have other two adopted children: Thomas Waterfield was adopted in December 1952 and Robert Waterfield was adopted in 1956.

signed her first movie The Outlaw


Jane Russell used to save enough money to go to drama school. She got her first role in movie The Outlaw (1943) by Howard Hughes for his production in 1941. This movie made her famous. The film was not a super hit but Russell got her fame by her ample physical assets.

Retired from Movies


After spending more than 50 years acting in movies, she finally retired from movies in 1986. Jane Russell then lived in her home with her then Husband, John Calvin Peoples. She died on February 28, 2011, due to respiratory failure, leaving behind her legacy.