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Posted at 7:52 AM ET, 03/ 1/2011

♪♫ Jane Russell: Hollywood's 'First Brunette' dies

By Melissa Bell
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Jane Russell in "The Outlaw" (Reuters)

Jane Russell made a generation of red-blooded American men prefer brunettes, even when she was playing a blonde. From her first appearance in "The Outlaw," in which her beau Howard Hughes reportedly invented a bra designed just for her, to perhaps being the only woman in Hollywood who could hold her own against Marilyn Monroe, Russell was a force of God-given, beautiful, voluptuous nature. She died on Monday at the age of 89.

Here she explains the power of diamonds:

Here, she and Marilyn Monroe -- the "First Brunette" and "First Blonde" of Hollywood -- receive their stars outside of Grauman's Chinese Theater:

(Via the Post's Style Tumblr, which you all should be following with a religious fervor.)

By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 7:52 AM ET
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