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Sarah Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher and Amanda Thatcher - following several years of declining health. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th April 2013

Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher
Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher
Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher
Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher

Mark Thatcher, Sarah Jane Russell and Amanda Thatcher - Born Margaret Hilda Roberts on 13th October, 1925, in Grantham, England, Thatcher became one of the most influential figures of the 20th century after entering politics in the 1950s. Nicknamed The Iron Lady for her tough conservative stance, Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister after waging a successful general election campaign in 1979 and she went on to serve three consecutive terms in office. The veteran politician passed away on 8 April, 2013, after suffering a stroke following several years of declining health. - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 17th April 2013

Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher
Jane Russell, Sir Mark Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher
Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher, Amanda Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher and Cathedral
Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher
Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher
Jane Russell, Mark Thatcher and Margaret Thatcher

Jane Russell - Wednesday 3rd November 2010 at Walk Of Fame Hollywood, California

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Terry Moore and Jane Russell
Terry Moore and Jane Russell
Patrick Fabian, Jane Russell and Terry Moore
Terry Moore and Jane Russell

David Gest and Jane Russell - David Gest and Jane Russell Liverpool, England - Liverpool Unites and the Variety Club Charity event at the Adelphi Hotel Friday 16th October 2009

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Jane Russell Saturday 27th June 2009 The 36th Annual Vision Awards Beverly Hills, California

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Son Of Paleface Review


Essential
When one ponders the wacky western film romp, one thinks immediately of Blazing Saddles.

Forget Blazing Saddles. I'm putting my big, fat western wallet down on an early Frank Tashlin film from 1952 starring the ineffable Bob Hope entitled Son of Paleface.

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Macao Review


Weak
In 1952, Josef von Sternberg was one of the few American directors with the audacity to proclaim himself an artistic genius. In the 1930s and into the 1940s, von Sternberg rode the tsunami of his artistic pretensions through a decade-long string of Marlene Dietrich films at Paramount and concluding with 1941's sweetmeat of the outré, The Shanghai Gesture. After that, von Sternberg was hoisted up on his own petard and his imperious attitude left him unemployed until, of all people, Howard Hughes took the bait and hired him to direct the doomed films Jet Pilot and Macao. The latter was a Robert Mitchum-Jane Russell star vehicle that, in spite of a collection of subsidiary directors (Nicholas Ray, Mel Ferrer, Robert Stevenson) brought in for salvage work, permitted von Sternberg to indulge in his penchant for weird exotica and lurid lighting effects and camera angles. As a result, Macao is a load of atmosphere and malarkey in search of a coherent storyline.

Andrew Sarris has written about von Sternberg that "his characters generally make their first entrance at a moment in their lives when there is no tomorrow," and Macao toes the Sarris company line. In a story that could have been hatched by S.J. Perelman, Macao, after an under-cranked chase scene, settles in on an ocean liner breezing into the freakish Oriental port of Macao ("a fabulous speck on the earth's surface"), the dangers ahead cued by the ship's barometer which indicates "Unhealthy for Plants/Unhealthy for Humans." Since this is not a nature documentary, the focus is on two humans -- Nick Cochran (Mitchum), on the run from an unclear fate in New York City, and Julie Bensen (Russell), high-tailing it from Hong Kong (when a customs inspector asks what she did in Hong Kong, she responds, "You don't really want me to tell you, do you?"). The two meet cute after Julie hauls a stiletto heel at a randy cha-cha dancer's torso but instead manages to clip Nick's noggin, who is passing by her cabin at the time. Nick and Julie immediately gravitate to each other, since not only are they the stars but also the coolest and most unflappable characters in the picture. The half-assed plot involves something about enticing villainous nightclub owner Vincent Halloran (Brad Dexter, whispering his dialogue like an incantation) outside the three-mile limit so that he can be arrested, and Nick being mistaken for a New York detective and chased around by Halloran's sinister thugs (with Philip Ahn's knife-wielding Itzumi being particularly impressive).

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The Outlaw Review


Good
Never mind the story about Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, and Pat Garrett -- this western (the second and final film Howard Hughes directed) is about one thing: Jane Russell. Hughes' five-year battle with the censors to get The Outlaw released is well documented in The Aviator, thanks to Hughes's envelope-pushing when it came to Russell's impressive cleavage, on display in nearly every scene she's in. The film would be G-rated today, but at the time, that hint of skin was enough to send people scampering for a little water to put on their brow. Russell hadn't really come into her own as an actress, either -- here she sneers through the entire film -- but as a physical presence, wow, Russell certainly makes an impression. If you catch my drift.
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