Jayne Mansfield

Birthday: Apr 19, 1933
Birthplace: Not Available
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.

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79% Mansfield 66/67 Actor 2017
No Score Yet The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield Actor 1968
No Score Yet Single Room Furnished Johnnie/May/Eileen 1968
No Score Yet Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield Actor 1968
57% A Guide for the Married Man Technical Advisor 1967
No Score Yet Mondo Hollywood Actor 1967
No Score Yet The Fat Spy Junior Wellington 1966
No Score Yet Las Vegas Hillbillies Tawny 1966
No Score Yet Dog Eat Dog (When Strangers Meet) Darlene 1964
No Score Yet Panic Button Angela 1964
No Score Yet L' Amore Primitivo (Primitive Love) Actor 1964
No Score Yet Primitive Love Jayne 1964
No Score Yet Promises! Promises! Sandy Brooks 1963
No Score Yet Heimweh nach St. Pauli (Homesick for St. Pauli) Actor 1963
No Score Yet It Happened in Athens Eleni Costa 1962
No Score Yet The George Raft Story Lisa Lang 1961
No Score Yet Too Hot to Handle Midnight Franklin 1961
No Score Yet Hercules vs. the Hydra Regina Dianira 1960
No Score Yet The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw Kate 1958
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me Alice Kratzner 1957
No Score Yet The Wayward Bus Camille Oakes 1957
90% Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Rita Marlowe 1957
No Score Yet The Burglar Gladden 1957
No Score Yet Female Jungle Candy Price 1956
75% The Girl Can't Help It Jerri Jordan 1956
No Score Yet Illegal Angel O'Hara 1955
No Score Yet Pete Kelly's Blues Cigarette Girl 1955
No Score Yet Underwater! Actor 1955
No Score Yet Hell on Frisco Bay Blonde 1955

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