Title: Jane Russell: My Path and My Detours, An ...
Publisher: Franklin Watts, New York, et al
Publication Date: 1985
Book Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition
Cloth-backed paper over boards; 8vo; pp. 341, illustrated in b/w. Inscribed by the author on the FFEP: "To Lily Carlson, Thanks from Wail and me. God bless, pretty lady, Jane Russell." Binding a bit rubbed and dust-smudged, but text block is tight and clean. First Edition, First Printing, with complete number line. Bookseller Inventory # JC9115
Synopsis: Dust jacket notes: "The Outlaw: Forty years after the release of this motion picture, its title still conjures up an image of a dark-haired female - peasant blouse hanging loosely from her shoulders, lips sensuously pouted, with an ample bosom and long legs - reclining seductively on a stack of hay. Her name was Jane Russell and both the movie and the girl evoked theatrical notoriety. A five-year publicity campaign was launched and a new sex-symbol was created. She was not characterized as the 'girl-next-door.' Rather, she was lust, desire and everything good boys were not supposed to think about. But think about her they did, and the box-office zoomed. The American G.I. returning from the perils of World War II was eager for more than just his childhood sweetheart, and Jane Russell fir the bill. Even today, she remains the advertising symbol of the 'full-figured' female. But beneath the photographer's delight, Jane Russell was the girl-next-door. Destined to marry her own high school sweetheart, football legend Robert Waterfield, and become the mother of three adopted children, she founded WAIF, a national adoption organization. Her primary goals were never her movie career and stardom, but instead her close relationship with her family and friends, and her own personal faith in the Lord. Jane's rise to stardom under the direction of Howard Hughes, her legendary long-term contract, and her succession of rises and falls in the film industry were all the public was to know of this warm, down-to-earth humanitarian whose love for children set her apart and about which she writes in her candid autobiography."
From Library Journal:
Discovered at 18 by Howard Hughes and promoted by her debut in The Outlaw , Russell has long been a symbol of earthy sex appeal and Hollywood glamour. Here, she reveals a more complex character, grounded in a sensible pragmatism and strong belief in God. In spite of initially powerful backing, her career has been uneven, while her private life has been equally turbulent. She recounts both her triumphs and her mistakes honestly and with no apology. Although her approach to religion and her ``messages'' from God may surprise some readers, the straightforward, open statement of her beliefs will appeal to many. For general collections. Barbara Kemp, Washington State Univ. Lib., Pullman
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