Jayne Mansfield

The late, great blonde bombshell and fifties screen siren Jayne Mansfield sadly died in a car Accident 29 June 1967. She was born 19th April 1933 and worked in Hollywood and on Broadway becoming One of the leading blonde sex symbols of the late-1950s. Mansfield starred in several popular Hollywood films that emphasized her platinum-blonde hair, hourglass figure, and cleavage-revealing costumes. 20th Century Fox signed a six-year contact with Mansfield to replace Marilyn Monroe as their resident blonde sex symbol. Throughout her career, she was compared by the media to Monroe and the other top sex symbol Mamie Van Doren. Mansfield was a Playboy Playmate of the Month and appeared in the magazine on several occasions. While Mansfield’s film career was short-lived, she had several box office successes and won the Theatre World Award, a Golden Globe, and a Golden Laurel. In 1955, she enjoyed a successful Broadway run acting in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and later the film of the same name in 1957.

She is remembered for both this film and a starring role in the comedy film The Girl Can’t Help It, which was also produced by 20th Century Fox. Of her rare on-screen dramatic roles, her performance in The Wayward Bus is regarded as the best. She also sang for studio recordings including the album Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky & Me and the singles Suey and As The Clouds Drift By done together with rock legend Jimi Hendrix. Mansfield’s notable television work included The Red Skelton Show and The Ed Sullivan Show.

As the demand for blonde bombshells declined in the 1960s, Mansfield remained a popular celebrity, continuing to attract large crowds outside the U.S. and in lucrative and successful nightclub tours. Her film career continued with lower budget melodramas and comedies, many filmed in the United Kingdom and Europe, including Heimweh nach St. Pauli and L’Amore Primitivo. In the independent film Promises! Promises!, she became the first major American actress to have a nude starring role in a Hollywood motion-picture. In her personal life she was successively married to her childhood lover Paul Mansfield, actor-bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and film director Matt Cimber. She was the mother of playmate Jayne Marie Mansfield, Miklós Jeffrey Palmer Hargitay, Zoltán Anthony Hargitay (born 1960), actress Mariska Magdolna Hargitay and Antonio “Tony” Cimber. Sadly Mansfield tragically died on June 29, 1967, n an automobile accident at the age 34.

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