Gail Russell Net Worth

Gail Russell Net Worth is
$17 Million

Gail Russell Bio/Wiki, Net Worth, Married 2018

Gail Russell was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 21, 1924. She remained in the Windy City, going to school until her parents moved to California when she was 14. She was an above-average student in school and upon graduation from Santa Monica High School was signed by Paramount Studios. Because of her ethereal beauty, Gail was to be groomed...
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Date Of BirthSeptember 21, 1924
Place Of BirthChicago, Illinois, USA
SpouseGuy Madison
Star SignVirgo
Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (1943)$50 /week
1I have hand trouble. Unconsciously I clasp my hands and then start wringing them. It's getting to be a gag now on the set. Director John Farrow ("Calcutta" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes") had a stock line to deliver every time my hands wouldn't behave. It was, 'Hands, Gail, cut.' They finally tied my hands to my sides with handkerchiefs.
2[About filming "The Uninvited"] I started out weighing 125 pounds, then I was rushed to New York for the opening. When I got back I weighed 106--all in two months. Everything was that way, rush... rush... rush... So many pictures one after another. I tried to be a nice guy and took on too many things and didn't take care of my health.
3[For certain auditions at Paramount, the person was placed in a glass booth which was lit so that they could not see that anyone was outside watching] My coach accompanied me and we read the script together. Then he excused himself. There I stood, sat, or something, for 10 minutes waiting for him to return. Finally they turned on the outside lights and to my horror I saw 15 executives filing away one by one. I frantically tried to remember what I had done those 10 minutes. What an experience!
4For my first test they put me into an evening gown. I had never even worn high heels before--or makeup of any kind. To say I was self-conscious is understatement plus. A week later they cast me in a Henry Aldrich picture, wearing a bathing suit and a transparent raincoat. It had been raining and there was a large puddle across from the studio commissary where the scene was to be shot. Of course they had to do it just as the sets broke for lunch and such stars as Alan Ladd, Bing Crosby and others were passing by.There I was trying to speak my lines while holding an umbrella which kept slipping from my nervous fingers. To this day I refuse all bathing suit scenes in public or private.
5We lived first in Chicago, came gypsying to California. When my family first came here it was a vacation, really. Then we put a down payment on a house and a down payment on some furniture. My brother went into the Army and one by one pieces of furniture went.When I was discovered for the movies I was sleeping on the living room floor on newspapers. I went for my first interview with paint all over my face--I'd been helping paint a room at the technical school. Paramount offered me a minimum salary--$50 a week--and Mom said, 'Take it, we need the money.'
6Everything happened so fast. I was a sad character. I was sad because of myself. I didn't have any self-confidence. I didn't believe I had any talent. I didn't know how to have fun. I was afraid. I don't exactly know of what - of life, I guess.
7I was possessed with an agonizing kind of self-consciousness where I felt my insides tightening into a knot, where my face and hands grew clammy, where I couldn't open my mouth, where I felt impelled to turn and run if I had to meet new people. When my parents had guests, I would run, get under the piano and hide there.
1Her funeral services were held at Valhalla Memorial Park where she was buried next to her father. Old Hollywood friends in attendance for her services included Alan Ladd, Mona Freeman, Diana Lynn, & Jimmy Lydon.
2In "Seven Men From Now", her character was attempting to extricate a covered wagon mired axle-deep in mud and the director said that Annie should look like she had just fallen in and not patted on artfully by makeup assistants. Whereupon, Gail motioned the crew aside and calmly took a nosedive face down into the slush. The director was delighted with her impromptu mud bath and the cameras rolled.
3Although only weighing about 100 pounds, she was a talented archer and used a 48lb draw bow. She could hit a two foot target at one hundred yards.
4Had an affair with John Wayne during the filming of Angel and the Badman (1947). Wayne later admitted that the affair almost caused the breakup of his marriage to Esperanza Baur, to whom he had been married little over a year.
5In 1960 she was signed to co-star opposite George Raft in a film to be called "Cause of Death", directed by (and co-starring) Mark Stevens, but production was halted just prior to the start of filming.
6She was signed to co-star with George Raft in Loan Shark (1952), but had to withdraw due to "illness", according to studio press releases. She was replaced by Dorothy Hart.
7In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by Lidia Simoneschi and Renata Marini. She was also dubbed once by Dhia Cristiani in Wake of the Red Witch (1948).
8In 1930, she lived with her parents George and Gladys Russell at 5306 S. Blackstone Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
9Her death certificate and the California State Death Record shows her date of death as August 27, 1961. Many sources give her date of death as August 26, possibly because her body, found on August 27, had been dead for at least a day. But August 27 is the official date of death.
10Her blue-eyed, dark beauty was frequently compared to Hedy Lamarr throughout much of her career.
11Suffered paralyzing stage fright during the filming of The Uninvited (1944) and suffered a nervous breakdown following its completion. In the role of Stella, the song "Stella by Starlight," which came from the film, is forever associated with Gail.
12Attended Van Nuys High School and was in some of the same classes as actress Jane Russell.
13A talented artist, she starting sketching at the age of 5 and later grew into a respectable oil painter.
14Her brother, George Russell, who was five years older than Gail, became a musician.
15Jane Fonda studied up on Russell's life in order to play an alcoholic, once promising actress in The Morning After (1986).


The Silent Call1961Flore Brancato
Manhunt1960TV SeriesMrs. Clarke
The Rebel1960TV SeriesCassandra Bannister
No Place to Land1958Lynn Dillon
The Tattered Dress1957Carol Morrow
Seven Men from Now1956Annie Greer
Studio 571956TV Series
Air Cadet1951Janet Page
The Lawless1950Sunny Garcia
Captain China1950Kim Mitchell
The Great Dan Patch1949Cissy Lathrop
El Paso1949Susan Jeffers
Song of India1949Princess Tara
Wake of the Red Witch1948Angelique Desaix
Night Has a Thousand Eyes1948Jean Courtland
Moonrise1948Gilly Johnson
Variety Girl1947Gail Russell
Calcutta1947Virginia Moore
Angel and the Badman1947Penelope Worth
The Bachelor's Daughters1946Eileen MacFarland
Our Hearts Were Growing Up1946Cornelia Otis Skinner
Duffy's Tavern1945Gail Russell
The Unseen1945Elizabeth Howard
Salty O'Rourke1945Barbara Brooks
Our Hearts Were Young and Gay1944Cornelia Otis Skinner
The Uninvited1944Stella Meredith
Lady in the Dark1944Barbara (at 17)
Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour1943Virginia Lowry


Duffy's Tavern1945performer: "Swinging on a Star"


Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood Glamour on Ice1957ShortHerself
Lux Video Theatre1957TV SeriesHerself - Intermission guest

Archive Footage

100 Years of John Wayne2007TV Short documentary
Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That2005TV Movie documentaryHerself

Won Awards

1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6933 Hollywood Blvd.

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