Choudhry's Chronicles

By: Saleem Choudhry

Saleem Choudhry - Researcher
Saleem spends his days gathering, interpreting, and disseminating information about the game of pro football. He now shares in his blog some of the more unique stories and facts that he has uncovered while working with the Hall’s vast collection of more than 18 million pages of documents.

Jane Russell's husband

Mar 01, 2011
Iconic Hollywood actress Jane Russell died yesterday at the age of 89. The screen legend earned fame from roles in many successful motion pictures, most notably the The Outlaw (1943) and Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1953). She was also the wife of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Waterfield.

The two were high school sweethearts at Van Nuys High School in Los Angeles, CA. After graduation Russell went on to work as a receptionist and Waterfield matriculated to UCLA to play football. It was while working as a receptionist that Russell was discovered by Hollywood film producer Howard Hughes and her film career was off and running. 

Russell and Waterfield were married on April 23, 1943 in Las Vegas. Here's a shot of them shortly after nuptials.

They remained together for 24 years until their divorce in 1967. During that time Russell became one of Hollywood’s most glamorous actresses while Waterfield shot to the top of the pro football world as the star quarterback of the Los Angeles Rams. During their marriage they also formed a successful movie production studio named the Russelfield Corporation.

In 1965 Russell accompanied Waterfied to Canton, Ohio when he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.