Bob Hope cast Russell in his 1948 Western comedy "The Paleface" partly to play off her "Outlaw" notoriety -- though made in 1941, "The Outlaw" was not released until 1947. A few weeks after the Academy Award ceremony where "Buttons and Bows," from "The Paleface," won best song, Hope got off these zingers (thanks go to Kurt Jensen for finding them):
"I went to the Academy Award board to complain because I didn't get an Oscar for my performance in 'Paleface' with Jane Russell. But they told me the award is given for acting ... not recreation."
"I was really thrilled that 'Paleface' had the Academy Award-winning song. Though, of course, you know where they got the idea for "Buttons 'n' Bows"? Bob Waterfield [Russell's husband] tying my straitjacket before each love scene."
An alternate version of that last crack is racier: "Of course, you know where they got the idea for "Buttons 'n' Bows"? Bob Waterfield didn't trust my zipper."