Mansfield's father Herbert was an attorney and musician while her mother Vera had previously worked as a schoolteacher. [309][310] Karla LaVey confirmed in a 1992 interview with Joan Rivers that Mansfield was indeed a practicing Satanist and that she had a romantic relationship with Anton LaVey. [73] Mansfield and Hargitay had a number of business holdings, including the Hargitay Exercise Equipment Company, Jayne Mansfield Productions, and Eastland Savings and Loan. In 1960, Mansfield topped press polls for more words in print than anyone else in the world, had made more personal appearances than a political candidate,[116] and was regarded as the world's most-photographed Hollywood celebrity. "[294], Mansfield adopted pink as her color in 1954, and was associated with it for the rest of her career. Jayne Mansfield Birthday and Date of Death. That same year, Mansfield appeared in a pinup book called Jayne Mansfield for President: the White House or Bust, which was promoted on billboards; David Attie, a commercial and fine art photographer, took the photographs. Jayne Mansfield was born on April 19th, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania although her family moved to Dallas by the time she turned three years old. [182][183], Mansfield met her second husband, Mickey Hargitay, at the Latin Quarter nightclub in New York City on May 13, 1956, where he was performing as a member of the chorus line in Mae West's show. That same year, she made her big-screen debut via small parts in a trio of 1955 films: Pete Kelly's Blues, Hell on Frisco Bay and Illegal. The year after reconstructing the "Pink Palace" as a "pink landmark", she began riding in a pink Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible with tailfins, then the only pink Cadillac in Hollywood. Jayne Mansfield was born in Bryn Mawr, PA on Wednesday, April 19, 1933 (Silent Generation generation). Mariska Hargitay was born January 23, 1964, after the actual divorce but before California ruled it valid. [247][248] Social historian Joan Jacobs Brumberg described the 1950s as "an era distinguished by its worship of full-breasted women" and attributes the paradigm shift to Mansfield and Monroe. She attended the premiere of the film (released as Oh! The unique glass chapel made public and press viewing of the wedding easy. [177] Jayne filed for divorce in California in 1956, Paul filed for divorce in 1957 in Texas citing mental cruelty, and they received their divorce papers on January 8, 1958. She spent her early childhood in New Jersey, where her dad was an attorney. As of 2019[update], the car is owned by Scott Michaels and is housed and shown at his Dearly Departed Tours & Artifact Museum in Los Angeles across from Hollywood Forever Cemetery.[323][324]. "[295] In November 1957, shortly before their marriage, using money from an inheritance, Mansfield bought the 40-room Mediterranean-style mansion (formerly owned by Rudy Vallée) at 10100 Sunset Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. Jayne Marie Mansfield. [203][204] In 1963, she had another well-publicized relationship with singer Nelson Sardelli, whom she said she planned to marry when her divorce from Mickey Hargitay was finalized. [236] Following Jean Harlow (who started the trend with her film Bombshell),[237][238] Monroe, Mansfield, Van Doren and Diana Dors helped establish the stereotype typified by a combination of curvaceous physique, very light-colored hair, and a perceived lack of intelligence. [104] In December 1960, the Dunes hotel and casino launched Mansfield's revue The House of Love (produced by Jack Cole, co-starring Hargitay). The film, described as "vapid" and "ill-advised", was a critical and box-office flop,[66] and marked one of the last attempts by 20th Century-Fox to publicize Mansfield. [38] "It must have been the right decision," she said, "because I got more column space from pink than Kim Novak ever did from lavender. She enjoyed success in the role of fictional actress Rita Marlowe, both in the 1955–1956 Broadway version and the 1957 film version of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? In 1958, she married the winner of the Mr. Universe Competition, Mickey Hargitay, who had also worked as one of Mae West's musclemen. [147][148] "Wo ist der Mann" sung in German and released by Polydor Records in Austria was much in demand immediately after its release in August 1963. [362] The Jayne Mansfield Online fan club was created by Kim (Kimmie) Rosenthal in the 1990s. [258][259][260] Mamie Van Doren, Diana Dors and Kim Novak also acted in various productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. [122] She was a guest on three episodes of The Bob Hope Show touring team. In 1964 MGM Records released a novelty album called Jayne Mansfield: Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky & Me, in which Mansfield recited Shakespeare's sonnets and poems by Marlowe, Browning, Wordsworth, and others against a background of Tchaikovsky's music. She learned French, Spanish, and German in high school, and in 1963 she studied Italian. (nee Palmer; later Peers) and Herbert W. Palmer. [68] Fox gave her a leading role opposite Kenneth More in The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958), a western comedy filmed on location in Spain. [304] She wanted to marry Cimber in a Catholic ceremony, but was unable to find a priest who would perform it. Fox released the film in the United States in 1959, and it was Mansfield's last mainstream film success. [102][103] In 1959, Jayne returned to the Tropicana and made $30,000 per week, with her show being extended twice. The three adults in the front seat died instantly. Vera Jeffrey's father, Thomas H. Palmer, was from the largely. Paul, Jayne, and Jayne Marie moved to Los Angeles in 1954. [251] The studio launched Mansfield with a grand 40-day tour of England and Europe from September 25 to November 6, 1957. [284] In February 1958, she was topless at a Carnival party in Rio de Janeiro. [16] In 1955, she went to New York and appeared in the Broadway production of George Axelrod's comedy Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, also featuring Orson Bean and Walter Matthau. In the film, Mansfield's three songs were dubbed by singer Connie Francis. [67], The continuing publicity surrounding Mansfield's physical appearance failed to sustain her career. [173] Returning from the Korean War in 1954, he took a job with a small newspaper in East Los Angeles, California, and lived in a small apartment in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, with Jayne and her pets â€” a Great Dane, three cats named Sabina, Romulus, and Ophelia, two chihuahuas, a poodle dyed pink, and a rabbit. Mansfield appeared alongside Dan Duryea and Martha Vickers. [165][166][167] According to biographer Raymond Strait, she had an earlier "secret" marriage on January 28, after which she conceived her first child. On June 29, 1967, on the way to a morning TV interview, Mansfield, along with Brody and a hired driver, were traveling to New Orleans, Louisiana, in the front seats of a Buick Electra after a nightclub performance in Biloxi, Mississippi. In January 1950, Jayne married Paul Mansfield … [292][361] Since the mid-1990s, Ferruccio and other fans have visited her grave in Pen Argyl to commemorate anniversaries of her birth and death. [290], At the same time, the world's media were quick to condemn Mansfield's stunts. [25][285][286] She shimmied out of her polka-dot dress in a Rome nightclub in June 1962. [156][157][158] Mansfield and Brody, her lawyer and alleged lover at the time, were both killed in a car crash.[159][160]. A heart-shaped headstone marks the final resting place of actress Jayne Mansfield, born Vera Jane Palmer in the town of Bryn Mawr, PA in 1933. [256] Jacqueline Susann wrote, "When one studio has a Marilyn Monroe, every other studio is hiring Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren. [94][95], In February 1958, the Tropicana Las Vegas launched Mansfield's striptease revue The Tropicana Holiday (produced by Monte Proser, co-starring Mickey Hargitay) under a four-week contract that was extended to eight. [186], After Mansfield returned from her 40-day European tour, Hargitay proposed to her on November 6, 1957, with a $5,000 10-carat diamond ring ($228,000 in 2019 dollars). She was also unable to fulfill a third of her contract with Fox because of repeated pregnancies. [318] A private funeral service was held at the chapel of the Pullis Funeral Home. [25][185] In the ensuing row, Mr. California, Chuck Krauser, beat Hargitay up and was arrested and released on a $300 bond ($3,000 in 2019 dollars[3]). [46][47][48] Shortly afterward, she posed for the Playboy calendar, covering her breasts with her hands. [311], In 1967, Mansfield was in Biloxi, Mississippi, for an engagement at the Gus Stevens Supper Club. She married Paul James Mansfield on May 10, 1950 and soon after a marriage, she had her first daughter. As a result of the film's success, Mansfield landed on the Top 10 list of box-office attractions for that year.[77]. Tommy Noonan persuaded Mansfield to become the first mainstream American actress to appear nude in a starring role, in the film Promises! [220] Cimber took over managing her career during their marriage, and guided her through a series of increasingly tawdry projects like Promises, Promises and The Las Vegas Hillbillys. [200][201][202] Hargitay accused Bomba of sabotaging their marriage. American film, theater, and television actress. Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s film actress jayne mansfield was born vera jayne palmer on april 19 1933 in bryn mawr pennsylvania the only child of vera j. Soon after the film's release, she returned to European films, appearing in low-budget foreign films such as Heimweh nach St. Pauli (1963, Germany), L'Amore Primitivo (1964, Italy), Panic Button (1964, Italy) and Einer frisst den anderen (1964, Germany). Mansfield and Hargitay's three children were riding in the back as well. [78] In 1966, Mansfield was cast in Single Room Furnished, directed by then-husband Matt Cimber. Matteo Ottaviano, né Thomas Vitale Ottaviano), an Italian-born film director, when he directed her in a stage production of Bus Stop in Yonkers, New York, costarring Hargitay. At a party on Christmas Eve, 1949, Jayne met Paul Mansfield. [62], Tashlin cast Mansfield in the film version of the Broadway show Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? She was also a natural-born performer. (1963). [3][51] It was released unofficially in early 1955. [83] She starred as Rita Marlowe (a wild, blonde Hollywood starlet à la Monroe) in the musical spoofing Hollywood in general and Marilyn Monroe in particular. Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer, and took her professional name from her first husband, P.R. [135] A&E again featured her life in another TV serial, Dangerous Curves, in 1999. The US top 40 single "Kiss Them For Me" by the group Siouxsie and the Banshees and the L.A. [150], In 1967, film critic and exploitation movie expert Whitney Williams wrote of Mansfield in Variety: "her personal life out-rivaled any of the roles she played". [50], Mansfield's first film part was a supporting role in Female Jungle, a low-budget drama completed in ten days. She became the first major American actress in a post-silent Hollywood film to have a nude scene in Promises! [178] After the divorce, she decided to keep "Mansfield" as her professional name. It was nominated for three Emmy Awards. [128] In 1964, Mansfield turned down the role of Ginger Grant on the up-and-coming television sitcom Gilligan's Island. [293] In April 1967, the Los Angeles Times wrote, "She confuses publicity and notoriety with stardom and celebrity and the result is very distasteful to the public. When she dove into the pool for photographers, her top came off, creating a burst of media attention. Mansfield was the only child of Herbert William Palmer (1904–1936) and Vera Jeffrey Palmer (1903–2000). In the early morning hours of 29 June 1967, on a narrow country road near a Louisiana swamp, a grey 1966 Buick Electra glided through the dark on its way to New Orleans. [199], In 1962, she had a well-publicized affair with Enrico Bomba, the Italian producer and production manager of her film Panic Button. After Single Room Furnished wrapped, Mansfield was cast opposite Mamie Van Doren and Ferlin Husky in The Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966), a low-budget comedy from Woolner Brothers. [144][145] Ed Chalpin, the record producer, claimed that Mansfield played all the instruments on the singles. A widespread rumor that Mansfield had a breast-flashing dress mishap at the 1957 Academy Awards was found baseless by Academy researchers. A natural brunette, she was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, but spent her early childhood in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. [216] Mansfield had once told Hargitay on a television talk show that she was sorry for all the trouble that she had given him.[217]. Mansfield later became involved in a rocky, reputedly abusive relationship with Sam Brody, the attorney she hired to assist with her divorce proceedings. In early 1967, Mansfield filmed her last role, a cameo in A Guide for the Married Man, a comedy starring Walter Matthau, Robert Morse and Inger Stevens. [54] It was Kellman's first major venture, and he claimed to have "discovered" Mansfield. Jayne desired to be an actress from a young age and after graduating high school she studied drama and physics at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He wrote two books about her and organized many large fan gatherings at Fairview Cemetery, one on what would have been her 75th birthday. The couple wed in Mexico, even though it was later ruled she had not officially divorced Hargitay. [171] In 1952, she juggled motherhood and classes at the University of Texas. After he left for military service, she made her first notable stage appearance in a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman on October 22, 1953, with the players of the Knox Street Theater, headed by Lumet. [253] In this decade, the female body ideal shifted to appreciate the slim waif-like features popularized by supermodel Twiggy, actress Audrey Hepburn, and others, demarcating the demise of the busty blonde bombshells. Promises! [246] Instead of the asexualized and virginal "nice girls" of earlier films, the pneumatic blonde bombshells took over the screen in the 1950s to become a cult that has been consistently emulated from that era on. Fox stopped viewing her as major Hollywood star material and started lending her out to foreign productions until the end of her contract in 1962. Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer in Pennsylvania in 1933. [305] While involved with Brody, she also showed interest in Judaism. The service was conducted by Charles Montgomery, a pastor of the Zion Methodist Church. Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American film, theater, and television actress. ... My earliest memories are the best. [289] The Jayne Mansfield-Sophia Loren photograph was a UPI sensation, appearing in newspapers and magazines with the word censored hiding the actress's exposed nipple. [94] In 1965, she performed in another pair of plays – Rabbit Habit at the Latin Quarter and Champagne Complex, directed by Matt Cimber, at the Pabst Theater; both received poor reviews. After her death, Mansfield became an inspiration for punk-rock musicians.[138]. When Mansfield returned to Hollywood in mid-1960, 20th Century-Fox cast her in It Happened in Athens with Trax Colton, a handsome newcomer Fox was trying to mold into a heartthrob. [41] Emmeline Snively, head of the Blue Book Model Agency, had sent her to photographer Gene Lester, which led to her short-lived assignment in the General Electric commercial. A provocateur of her time, Jayne Mansfield gained fame and pin-up status during the 1950s and was offered roles in several films such as Kiss Them for Me (1957), The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958) and It Takes a Thief (1960). Hargitay was a bodybuilder who was Mr. Universe in 1955. One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s, like Marilyn Monroe, Mansfield starred in several popular Hollywood films that emphasized her platinum-blonde hair, dramatic hourglass figure and cleavage-revealing costumes. [62] The girl's statement to officers of the Los Angeles Police Department the following morning implicated her mother in encouraging the abuse, and days later a juvenile court judge awarded temporary custody of Jayne Marie to Paul's uncle William W. Pigue and his wife Mary. [38][24][32], While attending The University of Texas at Austin, Mansfield won several beauty contests, including Miss Photoflash, Miss Magnesium Lamp, and Miss Fire Prevention Week. In the later years of her career, Mansfield also returned to the stage with an acclaimed turn in Bus Stop and developed into a successful Vegas headliner and nightclub performer. The opening credits listed Mansfield as one of the technical advisers, along with other popular stars. [4][5][Notes 1], She spent her early childhood in Phillipsburg, New Jersey,[7] where her father was an attorney practicing with future New Jersey governor Robert B. Meyner. Born Vera Jayne Palmer in 1933, the future icon eloped with 20-year-old Paul Mansfield in 1950, just before graduating from high school. [161] On May 6, 1950, they married in Fort Worth, Texas. [265], It was said that her breasts fluctuated in size from her pregnancies and nursing her five children. Mansfield took her professional name from her first husband, public relations professional Paul Mansfield. I always try to remember the good times when Daddy was alive.". The ensuing publicity led to Warner Bros. and Playboy approaching her with offers. [59] Mansfield had become one of 20th Century Fox's main sex-symbol actresses. She received $25,000 per week for her performance as Trixie Divoon in the show ($222,000 in 2019 dollars)[3], while her contract with 20th Century Fox was paying her $2,500 per week ($22,000 in 2019 dollars). Mini Bio (1) One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, film actress Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the only child of Vera J. [198] She co-wrote the autobiographical book Jayne Mansfield's Wild, Wild World with Hargitay. She was a major leading lady in the 1930s and 1940s. [3][187][188] On January 13, 1958 (days after her divorce from Paul was finalized), Mansfield married Hargitay at the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. [314] Her death certificate stated that the immediate cause of death was a "crushed skull with avulsion of cranium and brain". [63] Hargitay was an actor and bodybuilder who had won the Mr. Universe competition in 1955. "[127], By 1958, she earned $20,000 per episode for television performances ($177,000 in 2019 dollars)[3]. After her 1955 split from Paul, Mansfield's personal life followed a turbulent and highly publicized course that often overshadowed her acting career. Hollywood sex symbol Jayne Mansfield , born Vera Jayne Palmer in Pennsylvania. Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American film, theater, and television actress. Born Vera Jayne Palmer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Mansfield arrived in Hollywood as a young wife and mother (to daughter Jayne Marie) in 1954, determined to … [94], Other studios also tried to find their own version of Monroe. [39], It has been claimed that her bosom was a major force behind the development of 1950s brassieres, including the whirlpool bra, cuties, the shutter bra, the action bra, latex pads, cleavage-revealing designs, and uplifted outlines. born 1964, age 54 with Mickey Hargitay. Actress Jayne Mansfield was a Hollywood bombshell just slightly less explosive than her more famous contemporary, Marilyn Monroe.Jayne Mansfield was famous for her bleached-blonde hair and ample bosom, both of which she displayed willingly in publicity photos and in Playboy magazine. Starring Ray Danton as Raft, the film showcased Mansfield in a small part as a glamorous film star. [162][163][164] While most major biographies put the date at May 6, some sources say the marriage was on May 10, 1950. [116][274] In 1954, the day before Christmas, she walked into publicist James Byron's office with a gift and asked him to oversee her publicity,[116] which he did, for the most part, until the end of 1961. According to her agent William Shiffrin, "She became a freak. [109], Her nightclub career became inspirations for films, documentaries, and a musical album. Columbia Pictures tried it with Cleo Moore, Warner Bros. with Carroll Baker, Paramount Pictures with Anita Ekberg, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with Barbara Lang,[255] while Diana Dors was dubbed as England's answer to Mansfield. [321], In 1968, two wrongful-death lawsuits[322] were filed on behalf of Jayne Marie Mansfield and Matt Cimber, the former for $4.8 million ($43.7 million in 2019 dollars)[3] and the latter for $2.7 million ($24.6 million in 2019 dollars)[3]. She acted in one more movie for Warner Brothers—another small but significant role opposite Edward G. Robinson in the courtroom drama Illegal (1955).[52]. The media enthusiastically covered the meeting and the events surrounding it, identifying her as a Satanist and romantically involved with LaVey. ("I'm in Love", alternative title "Lullaby of Love"). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration subsequently regulated that all tractor-trailers have a rear under guard installed, now often known as the Mansfield bar. Soon after her success in Promises! "[257] The crowd of contenders also included Sheree North, Kim Novak, Joi Lansing, Beverly Michaels, Barbara Nichols and Greta Thyssen, and even two brunettes â€” Elizabeth Taylor and Jane Russell. [274] She appeared in about 2,500 newspaper photographs, and had about 122,000 lines of newspaper copy written about her between September 1956 and May 1957. Mansfield took voice, dance and violin lessons and would frequently stand out in her driveway playing her violin for passersby on the sidewalk. [120] She appeared on a number of game shows including "Talk it up," Down You Go (as a regular panelist), The Match Game (one rare episode has her as a team captain), and What's My Line? [126] After the show she exclaimed, "Now I am really national. [32] In 1954, she auditioned at both Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros. At Paramount, Jayne performed a sketch she had worked out with Lumet from Joan of Arc for casting director Milton Lewis. [118][119] Her notable performances in television dramas included episodes of Burke's Law, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Red Skelton Hour (three episodes), Kraft Mystery Theater and Follow the Sun. [27] 20th Century Fox groomed her, as well as Sheree North, to substitute for Monroe, their resident "blonde bombshell", while Universal Pictures launched Van Doren as their substitute. The children, asleep in the rear seat, survived with minor injuries. Mansfield received her first truly negative publicity after she and Hargitay pleaded poverty when his first wife, Mary Hargitay, whom he divorced on September 6, 1956, requested additional child support for their nine-year-old, first child, Tina, in September 1958. Jayne Mansfield: Better known as a bustier version of Marilyn Monroe, February 1955 Playmate, Jayne was also considered a sex symbol in the … She purposefully wore a too-small red bikini, lent to her by photographer friend Peter Gowland. [114][115], In her later career she was busier on stage, performing and making appearances with her nightclub acts, club engagements, and performance tours. Kimmie later added Frank Ferruccio as co-owner and Damien Santroni as graphic designer to help her with the website at [72][73], In 1959, Fox cast her in two independent gangster films shot in the United Kingdom: The Challenge and Too Hot to Handle. [95][300] Although she never converted, she did attend Catholic services when she was in Europe,[301] and followed Catholic practices when she was involved with a Catholic partner (including Hargitay, Sardelli and Cimber). (nee Palmer; later Peers) and Herbert W. Palmer. Promises! [151] She married and divorced three times and had five children. 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