Russell Was Caine's Hollywood Mentor
Legendary movie icon Jane Russell took SIR Michael Caine under her wing when he arrived in Hollywood by treating him to a Christian Scientist luncheon.
The Academy Award-winning actor reveals Russell came to his rescue while he was sat bored in a Hollywood hotel.
He says, "Jane Russell came in (to the lobby) one day, recognised me because she'd seen The Ipcress File, and asked: 'Would you like to have lunch with me?' 'Blimey!' I thought. 'This'll be exciting and sexy.' It wasn't like a date, but I was amazed she'd asked me.
"We went through into the hotel ballroom and it turned out she was a Christian Scientist, and this was a Christian Scientist lunch. So even when my luck looked good, it didn't change."