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Jayne Mansfield Biography and Filmography
Jayne Mansfield
Birthday: April 19, 1933
Birth Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5' 5"
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Born Vera Jane Palmer, Jayne Mansfield was the daughter of a lawyer who died when Mansfield was six, at which time her mother moved the family from Pennsylvania to Dallas. While attending Southern Methodist University, the 16-year-old Palmer married student Paul James Mansfield. Lacking the funds for day-care service, Jayne attended acting classes in Los Angeles with her infant daughter strapped on her back like a papoose. After briefly working as a candy vendor in an L.A. theater, Mansfield caught the eye of a TV producer. It was difficult for Mansfield, whose measurements were 40-21-35, not to gain attention in her subsequent TV and film works. More famous as a cheesecake model than an actress, by 1955 Mansfield first gained critical plaudits for her classic performance as a Monroe-like movie starlet in George Axelrod's Broadway play Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter. This role won her a contract at 20th Century Fox, where she fell within the sphere of comedy director Frank Tashlin, who regarded Mansfield as a "living cartoon" and directed her accordingly in the film version of Rock Hunter and in 1956's The Girl Can't Help It. Despite good dramatic performances in such films as The Wayward Bus (1957), Kiss Them for Me (1957), and The Burglar (1957), Mansfield was forever typed as a parody Marilyn Monroe. When not acting, the publicity-hungry Mansfield aggressively sought out any press agent or photo op that was handy, as did her second husband, muscleman Mickey Hargitay, to whom she was married from 1958 through 1963 (their daughter, Mariska Hargitay, became a busy actress in her own right). Mansfield's third husband, Matt Cimber, became her agent, and guided her through a series of increasingly tawdry projects like Promises, Promises (1963), wherein Mansfield became the first major actress to appear nude onscreen. Her later career dwindled into cheap European films, slapped-together American quickies like Single Room Furnished (1965), and plenty of nightclub and summer-theater work. While driving to a club engagement in New Orleans, 34-year-old Jayne Mansfield was killed (but not decapitated, contrary to popular belief) in an automobile accident.
Single Room Furnished (1968)
A Guide for the Married Man (1967)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Majel Barret-Roddenberry ][ Linda Harrison ][ Inger Stevens ][ Polly Bergen ]
The Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966)
[ Mamie Van-Doren ]
The Fat Spy (1966)
[ Phyllis Diller ][ Linda Harrison ]
Dog Eat Dog (1964)
Panic Button (1964)
[ Eleonor Parker ]
Promises! Promises! (1963)
Heimweh nach St. Pauli (1963)
Episode dated 17 September 1962 (1962)
Jerry Lewis vs. Jayne Mansfield (1962)
It Happened in Athens (1962)
The George Raft Story (1961)
[ Julie London ]
Monte Carlo (1961)
The Challenge (1960)
Too Hot to Handle (1960)
[ Barbara Windsor ]
Amori di Ercole, Gli (1960)
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)
Kiss Them for Me (1957)
[ Deborah Kerr ]
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)
[ Barbara Eden ][ Majel Barret-Roddenberry ][ Joan Blondell ]
The Burglar (1957)
The Wayward Bus (1957)
[ Joan Collins ]
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)
[ Juanita Moore ]
Sunday Spectacular: The Bachelor (1956)
Illegal (1955)
Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)
[ Janet Leigh ]
Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)
[ Fay Wray ]
Female Jungle (1954)
  • Mother of Jayne Marie Mansfield, who appeared in Playboy 1976, following in her mother's footsteps.
  • Playboy Playmate of the Month February 1955
  • Producer Louis W. Kellman always said that he "discovered" Jayne Mansfield. He gave the then little known actress her first starring role (Gladden, Dan Duryea's sexy-but-shy gun moll kid sister) in The Burglar (1957) after seeing the normally jaded and unflappable film crew's "overheated" reaction to her on the set of Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) in which she had a small part.
  • Interred at Fairview Cemetery, Plainfield (Outside of Pen Argyl), Pennsylvania, USA.
  • Had five children: Jayne Marie Mansfield (b. 8 November 1950), Miklos Hargitay, Jr. a.k.a. Mickey Hargitay Jr. (b. 21 December 1958), Zoltan Hargitay (b. 1 August 1960), Mariska Hargitay (b. 24 January 1964), & Antonio Raphael Ottaviano Cimber (b. 18 October 1965).
  • Turned down the role of Ginger Grant in "Gilligan's Island" (1964).
  • Spoke five languages
  • Was a classically trained pianist and violinist.
  • Made Mr. Blackwell's Worst-Dressed List in 1961 with Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Shirley MacLaine. She also made the List in 1964.
  • The car she died in was sold at auction in 1999 for 00.
  • Initally divorced Hargitay on 1 May 1963; she divorced him again in Juarez, Mexico. On 26 August 1964, the California Superior Court recognized the Mexican divorce pronouncement.
  • Was arrested for indecent exposure during her nightclub act in Burlington, Vermont in 1963.
  • Claimed to have an IQ of 163, though she didn't have exceptional grades in school.
  • Son Zoltan was critically injured by a "tame" lion while visiting the Jungleland Zoo in Thousand Oaks, California, but made a full recovery. (December 1966)
  • Her goal, as quoted in the book "Jayne Mansfield and the American Fifties": "To feel satisfied with myself; to know that I have arrived. To be liked. To be a big personality. The real stars are not actors or actresses. They're personalities. The quality of making everyone stop in their tracks is what I work at."
  • Released a live album called Jayne Mansfield Busts Up Las Vegas.
  • Contrary to popular belief, Jayne Mansfield was not exactly decapitated in the car crash which killed her. Her New Orleans, Louisiana Certificate of Death lists "crushed skull with avulsion of cranium and brain" as the immediate cause of death; her other injuries included "closed fracture of right humerus" and "multiple lacerations of hands and lower extremities".
  • The 1965 or 1966 Buick that Jayne was killed in is now locked in a garage, in the same shape it was in after the crash. The owner, who is a big fan, used to display it at various shows over the years, and it was sometimes billed as "Jayne Mansfield's death car." He dosen't show it any more. Reportedly, the car still has the blood stains on the seats.
  • Measurements: 39 1/2-23-36 1/2 (smallest ever measured), 46D-18-36 (largest ever measured), 44D-18-36 (self-described), 46D-23-37 (after having children), 40D-21-35 1/2 (standard for the majority of her career), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • During the late 1950s, the front bumpers of some American cars came with extensions that resembled a pair of large breasts as they would be shaped by the conical brassieres of the period. Soon after their introduction, these extensions were nicknamed "Jayne Mansfields."
  • Her death is the subject of the Siouxsie and Banshees song "Kiss Them for Me", the title of which is taken from her 1957 film.
  • The German punk-rock-band "The Bates" dedicated the song "The Lips Of Jayne Mansfield" (Album "Shake!") to her.
  • Was of German and English descent.
  • Her character in the film "The George Raft Story" is based on 1940s bombshell Betty Grable.
  • She had a serious drinking problem most of her adult life.
  • The Japanese Band The 5,6,7, 8s play a song called I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield.
  • Los Angeles heavy metal band L.A. Guns had a top 40 hit in the early 90s with a song called "The Ballad Of Jayne", which was based on Miss Mansfield.
  • Was the first mainstream American actress to appear nude in a mainstream American film. 1963's "Promises! Promises!".
  • Is portrayed by Loni Anderson in _Jayne Mansfield Story, The (1980) (TV)_
  • Autobiography published in 1963 titled "Jayne Mansfield's Wild, Wild World." Written by Jayne with a few chapters by her then husband Mickey Hargitay. Included in the biography are an astrologer's predictions for Jayne's career path and Mickey's fitness tips.
  • Was with 20th Century Fox from 1956-1962.
  • Though her film career seemed to have fallen from grace in the mid and late 1960s, her nightclub act was huge, earning her ,000-,000 weekly.
  • Was born with brunette hair.
  • She was cut (as was Ruth Gordon) from the released print of the film "The Loved One" (1965).
  • Estate was valued at approximately ,000,000 at the time of her death. A significant sum for 1967 standards.

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