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March 1, 2011

'You Don't Have to Break the Lord's Rules'

Jane Russell, sex symbol and Christian, died yesterday. We interviewed her two years ago.

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Movie star Jane Russell, who died Monday at the age of 89, may go down in Hollywood history as a sultry sex symbol, but what's less known about her is that she was a pro-life Christian and adoption advocate.

Peter T. Chattaway did a nice interview with Russell for us two years ago. In that conversation, Russell said she came to Jesus as a young girl, was taught Scripture by her mother (and later in Hollywood by Henrietta Mears), had an abortion as a young woman that almost killed her, and then later became an adoption advocate, adopting three kids of her own. As for her image as a sex symbol, she says she naive about the whole thing, only to later learn that "all it was about was some cleavage!" She also had some advice for young Christians looking for Hollywood work today: "You don't have to break the Lord's rules."

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