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September 22, 2020

40 Glamorous Photos of Gail Russell in the 1940s and ’50s

Born 1924 in Chicago, American actress Gail Russell made her film debut in the 1943 film Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour at the age of 19. She then appeared in other films such as The Uninvited (1944); co-starred opposite Alan Ladd in Salty O’Rourke (1945); The Unseen (1945); Calcutta (1947), shot in 1945 but not released until two years later; made a cameo as herself in two all-star Paramount films, Duffy’s Tavern (1945) and Variety Girl (1947).

Russell married actor Guy Madison in 1949. They separated in less than six months but later reunited, then separated in 1953, and divorced in 1954.

In October 1954, Russell was admitted to hospital in a coma after an attack of hepatitis. In February 1955, she hit another car containing a couple and their baby while driving.

In April 1957, she was found unconscious on the floor at her home. Three months later, she was photographed by a Los Angeles Times photographer after she drove her convertible into the front of Jan’s Coffee Shop at 8424 Beverly Boulevard, injuring a janitor.

Rusell was top billed in her last film, the low-budget The Silent Call (1961). She moved to a small house where she lived alone. On August 26, 1961, Russell was found dead in her apartment in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, at the age of 36. An empty vodka bottle was by her side and the house was full of empty bottles.

Rusell died from liver damage attributed to “acute and chronic alcoholism” with stomach contents aspiration as an additional cause. She was also found to have been suffering from malnutrition at the time of her death.

Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Gail Russell in the 1940s and 1950s.


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