Gail Russell Overview:

Legendary actress, Gail Russell, was born Elizabeth L. Russell on Sep 21, 1924 in Chicago, IL. Russell died at the age of 36 on Aug 27, 1961 in Los Angeles, CA .


Another of Hollywood's great tragedies: a haunting, beautiful limpid-eyed and gentle-seeming brunette who played helpless heroines beset by problems. In real life she was indeed beset, by the alcoholism that started at an early stage of her career and had ruined it by the early fifties. Found dead on the floor of her apartment "of natural causes." Married to Guy Madison 1949-1954.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Russell was never nominated for an Academy Award.

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Gail Russell Quotes:

Sunny Garcia: I met you years ago.

Elliott Carson: Darling, the stars can't hurt you.
Jean Courtland: They keep watching.

Sunny Garcia: I met you years ago.

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Jane Fonda studied up on Russell's life in order to play an alcoholic, once promising actress in The Morning After (1986).

In 1930, she lived with her parents George and Gladys Russell at 5306 S. Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.

A talented artist, she starting sketching at the age of 5 and later grew into a respectable oil painter.

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