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Best Pin Up of WW II: Jane Russell vs Lana Turner (Round 4)

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  • Best Pin Up of WW II: Jane Russell vs Lana Turner (Round 4)

    Jane Russell

    (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) was an American film actress and was one of Hollywood's leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s. Her father had been a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and her mother had been an actress with a road troupe. In 1940, Russell was signed to a seven-year contract by film mogul Howard Hughes and made her motion picture debut in The Outlaw (1943), a story about Billy the Kid that went to great lengths to showcase her voluptuous figure. Although the movie was completed in 1941, it was released for a limited showing two years later. With measurements of 38D-24-36 and standing 5'7", she was so statuesque that Bob hope said; "Culture is the ability to describe Jane Russell without moving your hands"

    Lana Turner

    Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was born Julia Jean Turner in Wallace, Idaho. Until her film career took off, young Julia Turner was known to family and friends as "Judy". Hard times eventually forced her family to re-locate to San Francisco, where her parents soon separated. Later, Lana and her mother moved to Los Angeles in 1931. Turner's discovery at a Hollywood drug store is a show-business legend. As a sixteen-year-old student at Hollywood High School, Turner skipped a typing class and bought a Coke at the Top Hat Cafe located on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place, where she was spotted by William R. Wilkerson, publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. Wilkerson was attracted by her beauty and physique, and referred her to the actor / comedian / talent agent Zeppo Marx. Marx's agency immediately signed her on and introduced her to film director Mervyn LeRoy, who cast her in her first film, 'They Won't Forget' (1937). Turner earned the nickname "The Sweater Girl" from her form-fitting attire in that movie.

    Lana played featured roles in such films as 'Love Finds Andy Hardy' (1938). During the early 1940s she established herself as a leading actress in such films as 'Johnny Eager' (1941), 'Ziegfeld Girl' (1941) and 'Somewhere I'll Find You' (1942). She is known as one of the first Hollywood scream queens thanks to her role in the 1941 horror film 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde', and her reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her performance in the film noir 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' (1946). Her popularity continued through the 1950s, in such films as 'The Bad and the Beautiful' (1952) and 'Peyton Place' (1957), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Lana made a number of television appearances, her final one being in 1991. She passed away from throat cancer in 1995.

    During WW2, Lana had become a much admired pin-up girl due to her outstanding looks and her popularity in films. She even had a B-17 Flying Fortress - the Tempest Turner - named after her. Meanwhile, Turner was receiving much publicity for her personal life, and her career was one of the very few to be furthered by this. MGM boosted this by changing the title of one of her films to 'Slightly Dangerous' (1943). Turner was well known inside Hollywood circles for dating often, changing partners often, and for never shying away from the topic of how many lovers she had in her lifetime. She was married eight times to seven different husbands. Lana later famously said, "My goal was to have one husband and seven children, but it turned out to be the other way around."
    Lana Turner has to be one of the hottest sex symbols of her era.

    Who will advance to the next Round?


    Jane Russell
    Lana Turner
    Last edited by Admiral; 23 Sep 11, 01:55. Reason: Best Pin Up of WW II
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  • #2
    Jane vs Lana:

    Let the contest begin!
    "Chatfield, there seems to be something wrong with our bloody ships today!"
    Vice Admiral Beatty to Flag Captain Chatfield; Battle of Jutland, 31 May - 1 June, 1916.


    • #3
      What villanous plot! To pit Lana against Jane before the final!!! Boooo! Oooooh the agony of choice!!! Arghhhh!


      • #4
        Come on it for Gene!
        "War is sorrowful, but there is one thing infinitely more horrible than the worst horrors of war, and that is the feeling that nothing is worth fighting for..."
        -- Harper's Weekly, December 31, 1864


        • #5
          Jane Russell.
          "The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made."
          — Groucho Marx


          • #6
            Lana gets my vote. If she were the one holding the pistol, I bet she would be ahead in the poll right now.
            "You listen to the ol' Pork Chop Express on a dark and stormy night......"


            • #7
              This is actually tougher than I thought. Reclining on those pillows she reminds me a lot of Princess Leia in her metal bikini - and that always wins in my book.
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              • #8
                It hurts to vote for the one who knocked the lovely Gene out of the contest, but as I can't stand Jane Russell, I've got to go for Lana
                "Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Compo View Post
                  It hurts to vote for the one who knocked the lovely Gene out of the contest, but as I can't stand Jane Russell, I've got to go for Lana
                  Good man!
                  "You listen to the ol' Pork Chop Express on a dark and stormy night......"


                  • #10
                    Going with Lana


                    • #11
                      Which one do I want to face Rita for the final...

                      It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.-George S. Patton


                      • #12
                        I pick Lana.
                        “When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
                        ― Groucho Marx


                        • #13
                          Lana Turner...


                          • #14
                            Count me in for Team Lana.
                            "Nations are never content to confine their rivalships and enmities to themselves. It is their usual policy to disseminate them as widely, as they can, regardless how far it may interfere with the tranquility or happiness of the nations which they are able to influence." -- Alexander Hamilton


                            • #15
                              yeah, ill go a piece of Lana, ...but i reckon she wont win the whole thing....


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