The Marco Island Film Festival announced that they would bestow their 4th Lifetime Achievement Award to Hollywood legend Jane Russell. Russell will join stage and screen legends Sir Tim Rice, Celeste Holm and the late Gwen Verdon as festival honorees. Russell will be on hand throughout the event being held October 17-21 and will receive the award at a gala celebration and screening on Saturday, October 20th.
Best known for her roles as a Hollywood bombshell, Russell starred opposite screen legends Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum and Bob Hope, and worked with directors Howard Hughes and Josef Von Stemberg. Her film career began in 1941 with the smash hit THE OUTLAW and continued with roles in THE REVOLT OF MAMIE STOVER, THE FUZZY PINK NIGHTGOWN, BORN LOSERS, and her most memorable performance as Dorothy Shaw in GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES. Since retiring from the cinema, Russell has worked as an advocate for children’s issues and as a spokesperson for Playtex. The Saturday evening fete honoring Russell will include a reception and screening of two of her films, MACAO and UNDERWATER, as well as a montage of many of her other memorable screen roles followed by a question and answer session. The event will begin at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 Theater in Naples, followed by a reception in her honor.
MIFF is Southwest Florida’s premiere film event attracting filmmakers and celebrities from around the world for five days of film screenings, workshops, panel discussions, informal chat sessions with celebrities, parties, and networking opportunities.
For more info, call the festival office at 941-642-3378 or visit official Marco Island Film Festival web site.
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