By Helen Cross, Editor of MCFL News
You never know who will get the call.
I am a fan of Turner Classic Movies, and there's often a pattern for the movies they play each day. Yesterday's line-up was prompted by the June 21 birthday of the 1950's pin-up sensation, Jane Russell. Interested in seeing if Russell was still alive, I came upon some inspiring information.
Although exploited as a sex symbol by Howard Hughes for his movie, The Outlaw, Russell refused to be defined by this superficial objectification. She showed her true feminine character through her strength, faith, and work.
Russell suffered from infertility after an abortion at age 17. Later, after getting married and wanting children, she found the adoption process a nightmare. Russell founded the World Adoption International Fund which facilitated the adoption of older orphans desperately in need of good homes. She helped win the passage of the Federal Orphan Adoption Amendment, which allowed children of American servicemen born overseas to be adopted by American families and lobbied successfully for the passage of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act in 1980.
Alas, Jane Russell departed this life in 2011. But we can still celebrate a life well lived.
Happy Birthday Jane!