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Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield
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Jayne Mansfield Biography

Vera Jayne Palmer visited Hollywood for the first time when she was thirteen. After a tour of Twentieth Century Fox Studios, she and her mother went to the Brown Derby for lunch. Jayne spotted The Great Gildersleeve radio stars Dennis Day and Harold Peary, and asked for their autographs. "You know Mama," she said when she returned, "one day some other young girl is going to make her way across this room and ask for my autograph."

Jayne's desire to become a star was not ignited that day; the trip only fanned flames that had always burned within her. Her parents, Herbert and Vera, were witness to her enthusiastic performances at an early age. When she was five, Jayne was singing for anyone who would listen, including her gigantic collection of stuffed animals. At seven, she would stand in her driveway and play the violin for passers-by. Though her idols changed over the years- from Shirley Temple to Gene Tierney, Hedy Lamarr, and Jean Harlow- they were always movie stars. Read Full Bio >>

Jayne Mansfield Awards

1960 Walk of Fame Motion Picture Won
1959 Laurel Awards Top Female Musical Performance The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958). Nominated
1957 Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer - Female Won

Jayne Mansfield Trivia

  • 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. (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 $8000.
  • 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 the San Fernando Valley, 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.

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