Jayne Mansfield


"No one wants to see or read about a dull subject. I don't consider myself a dull subject." ~ Jayne 

Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jane Palmer on April 19, 1933, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. After her father died her mother remarried and moved the family to Texas. At age seventeen Jayne married Paul Mansfield and had a daughter, Jayne Marie. She convinced her husband to move to Hollywood so she could pursue an acting career. Jayne won dozens of beauty titles including "Miss Photoflash" and "Miss Fire Prevention". In 1954 she made her film debut in the drama Female Jungle. She starred on Broadway in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and was offered a contract at Fox. Her flair for publicity made her one of the most talked about actresses in Hollywood. Although she often played dumb blondes Jayne's IQ was actually 163. She divorced Paul and married former Mr. Universe Mickey Hargitay in 1958. They had three children together (Miklos, Zoltan, and Mariska) and lived in a pink mansion in Beverly Hills called "The Pink Palace".


 Jayne was constantly being compared to Marilyn Monroe and her movie career quickly fizzled. She was offered the part of Ginger on the television series Gilligan's Island but turned it down. Jayne began performing in nightclubs and posing nude for mens magazine. She caused a controversy when she appeared naked in the low budget film Promises Promises. In 1964 she divorced Mickey and married Matt Cimber, a director. They had a son but the marriage didn't last. Jayne became involved in an abusive relationship with her manager Sam Brody. She also had a serious addiction to drugs and alcohol. On June 29, 1967 Jayne was on her way to a nightclub appearance when she was killed in a car accident (rumors that she was decapitated are not true). She was just thirty-four years old. Jayne is buried at Fairview Cemetery in Plainfield, Pennsylvania. Her fans paid for a cenotaph to be placed at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California. Jayne's daughter, Mariska Hargitay, became a successful actress. In 2005 Mariska won a Golden Globe for her role in the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.



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