Jane Russell, one of Hollywood's most famous sex symbols of the 1940s and '50s, died Monday of respiratory failure at her home in Santa Maria, the AP has confirmed. She was 89.

Russell, who quickly rose to fame in the '40s thanks to her role in the Howard Hughes movie 'The Outlaw,' was perhaps best known for playing showgirl Dorothy Shaw, best friend to Marilyn Monroe, in the 1953 movie-musical 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.'

Though her career died down after the '50s, the brunette beauty acted opposite some of Hollywood's most famous men in her heydey -- among them Frank Sinatra, in 'Double Dynamite,' Clark Gable, in 'The Tall Men,' and Bob Hope, in 'The Paleface' and 'Son of Paleface.'
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
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In Theaters on August 1st, 1953

Two chorus girls (Jane Russell, Marilyn Monroe) cruise to Paris hoping to find rich husbands. Read More

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