Gail Russell was born September 21, 1924 in Chicago, IL as Betty Gale Russell.
She was chronically shy which led to her drinking to cope with the stress of acting and maintaining a public life. She dies at the age of 36 from the effects of alcoholism.
She was married to Guy Madison who played Wild Bill Hickok in the TV series.
She was in one of my favorite movies as a child, Angel and the Badman, alongside John Wayne. I found her to have a very endearing presence onscreen.