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Gail Russell
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    (September 21, 1924-August 27, 1961)
    Born in Chicago, Illinois
    Birth name was Elizabeth L. Russell
    Appeared in 'The Uninvited' (1944), 'Our Hearts Were Young and Gay' (1944), 'Angel and the Badman' (1947), 'Calcutta' (1947), 'Wake of the Red Witch' (1948), 'Seven Men from Now' (1956) and 'The Tattered Dress' (1957)
    She had a nervous breakdown after filming 'The Uninvited.'
    She turned to alcohol to deal with severe stage fright.
    She said, 'I was afraid. I don't exactly know of what -- of life I guess.'
    She was named as the 'other woman' in John Wayne's divorce.
    She was fined $500 and put on three years' probation after crashing through the front window of a coffee shop while driving drunk (1957).
    She died of liver disease brought on by alcohol abuse, complicated by malnutrition.
    Although she had no acting experience, Paramount offered her a contract based on her rare beauty.
    She was pushed into signing the contract by her stage-struck mother.
    She began sketching at age five and developed into a talented oil painter.
    Studio executive Milton Lewis called her 'A lovely girl who didn't belong in the movie industry. I believe she would have had a happy life had she become a commercial artist instead of a movie actress.'

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