The struggle to buttress what is naturally low-lying has produced its own mythology. When filming his movie “The Outlaws” it was widely reported that the well known recluse, Howard Hughes, used burgeoning airplane technology to design the “cone bra” — the perfect support to give star Jane Russell those amazingly pointy breasts.
However, this myth was dispelled by Miss Russell herself in her 1985 autobiography, where she wrote that the “ridiculous” contraption caused her so much discomfort, she secretly shucked it for her own bra and after tightening the shoulder straps slipped back onto the set and filmed the remainder of the movie without it.
Still the myth persisted and that so-called first push-up bra is still on display in a Hollywood museum. So just how busty was Jane Russel? According to Wikipedia,
…Russell personified the sensuously contoured sweater girl look… with measurements of 38D-24-36… Besides the thousands of quips from radio comedians, including Bob Hope once introducing her as “the two and only Jane Russell,” the photo of her on a haystack glowering with sulking beauty and youthful sensuality as her breasts push forcefully against her bodice was a popular pin-up with Service men during World War II.
Jane Russell image courtesy of Care2