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Jayne Mansfield

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Actress, vocalist, and sex image who all appeared on Broadway in Can Success Spoil Rock and roll Hunter? Her many Hollywood credits are the Girl Can’t MAKE IT, The Wayward Bus, and Kiss Them for me personally. As a kid, she was a talented pianist and violinist who provided impromptu concerts in her family’s driveway. She passed away at age thirty-four within an car accident. Her three relationships produced five kids. Her little girl, Mariska Hargitay, also became a well-known celebrity. Mansfield agreed upon a agreement with Twentieth Hundred years Fox that specified her as Marilyn Monroe’s public sex symbol replacing.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jayne Mansfield
Date Of Birth April 19, 1933
Died June 29, 1967, Slidell, Louisiana, United States
Place Of Birth Bryn Mawr, PA
Height 1.66 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Southern Methodist University, Highland Park High School, University of Dallas, University of Texas at Austin, University of California, Los Angeles
Nationality American
Spouse Matt Cimber, Mickey Hargitay, Paul Mansfield
Children Mariska Hargitay, Jayne Marie Mansfield, Zoltan Hargitay, Tony Cimber, Mickey Hargitay Jr.
Parents Herbert William Palmer, Vera Jeffrey Palmer Peers
Awards Theatre World Award, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress
Movies The Girl Can't Help It, Promises! Promises!, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Too Hot to Handle, Kiss Them for Me, Primitive Love, The Wayward Bus, A Guide for the Married Man, The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield, It Happened in Athens, Single Room Furnished, The Burglar, The Fat Spy, The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, The Loves of Hercules, The Las Vegas Hillbillys, An Act of Violence, Pete Kelly's Blues, Female Jungle, Panic Button, The George Raft Story, Homesick for St. Pauli, The Challenge, Illegal, The Passaic Textile Strike
TV Shows Follow the Sun, Down You Go
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1Her daughter Mariska Hargitay received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right next to hers.
2It is said that the bumper bars that are seen on the rear of modern semi-trailers were mandated after her death, and are sometimes referred to as "Mansfield Bars".
3Even though she divorced her first husband, Paul Mansfield, she kept the last name Mansfield because it sounded "Hollywood" to her. She felt that it would help gain her stardom.
4Gave birth to her fifth child at age 32, a son, Tony Cimber, on October 18th, 1965. Child's father is her 3rd husband Matt Cimber.
5Gave birth to her fourth child at age 30, a daughter, Mariska Hargitay, on January 24th, 1964. Child's father is her 2nd ex husband, Mickey Hargitay.
6Gave birth to her third child at age 27, a son, Zoltan Hargitay, on August 1st, 1960. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, Mickey Hargitay.
7Gave birth to her second child at age 25, a son, Mickey Hargitay Jr. on December 21st, 1958. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, Mickey Hargitay.
8Gave birth to her first child at age 17, a daughter, Jayne Marie Mansfield, on November 8th, 1950. Child's father is her 1st ex-husband, Paul Mansfield.
9Biographer Martha Saxton about Mansfield and sex: "If Jayne was a product of the fifties, then she was a casualty of the sixties. In the fifties, Jayne and American men had conspired to keep it a secret. By the sixties the secret was out.".
10She was Miss Photoflash 1952, the first in a series of beauty awards she would win.
11She studied with Baruch Lumet in 1952 at his Dallas Institute of the Performing Arts.
12Her daughter Mariska Hargitay has a zig zag scar on the side of her head from the car accident that killed her mother. Mariska has no memory of the accident since she was only three years old at the time.
13Before she entered films, Mansfield was coached by Yiddish theater veteran Baruch Lumet, father of Sidney Lumet.
14Grandmother of Jianni Cimber (Tony's daughter), Brandon and Zoltan Jr. Hargitay.
15Mother-in-law of Peter Hermann and former mother-in-law of Dana Hargitay. Grandmother of August Miklos Friedrich Hermann (Mariska's son).
16She was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame in March 2008 in Austin, Texas. Her daughter Mariska Hargitay accepted the award.
17California license plate on her 1956 Lincoln Premiere convertible: NBB 851.
18She was named the second (out of 100) top Playboy Playmates of all time according to Playboy magazine.
19Her estate was valued at approximately $2,000,000 at the time of her death, a significant sum by 1967 standards.
20She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6328 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
21Though her film career seemed to have fallen from grace in the mid and late 1960s, her nightclub act was huge, earning her $8,000-$17,000 weekly.
22Was with 20th Century-Fox from 1956-1962.
23Was the first American actress to appear nude in a mainstream American film (Promises..... Promises! (1963)).
24Los Angeles heavy metal band L.A. Guns had a top-40 hit in the early 1990s with a song called "The Ballad of Jayne", which was based on her.
25The Japanese garage rock band The 5.6.7.8's play a song called "I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield".
26She had a serious drinking problem most of her adult life.
27Her character in the film The George Raft Story (1961) is based on 1940s bombshell Betty Grable.
28Only child of Vera and Herbert Palmer. Her father was of 3/4 English and 1/4 German ancestry, and her mother was of English descent.
29The German punk-rock-band The Bates dedicated the song "The Lips of Jayne Mansfield" (from the album "Shake!") to her.
30Her death is the subject of the Siouxsie and the Banshees song "Kiss Them for Me", the title of which is taken from her 1957 film.
31After her death an extension was added to the rear bumper of semi trailers to keep autos from driving under the truck. The were colloquially called Jane Mansfields.
32The late model Buick that Jayne was killed in was locked in a garage for decades, in the same shape it was in after the crash. The owner, who was a huge fan, displayed it at various shows over the years, and it was sometimes billed as Jayne Mansfield's death car. The car was sold at auction in 1999 for $8000. Reportedly, the car still has the blood stains on the seats.
33Contrary to popular belief, she was not decapitated in the car crash that killed her. Her death certificate, issued in New Orleans, Louisiana, 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".
34Her 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.".
35Son Zoltan Hargitay was critically injured by a supposedly tame lion while visiting the Jungleland Zoo in Thousand Oaks, California, but made a full recovery. [December 1966]
36Claimed to have an I.Q. of 163, though she did not have exceptional grades in school.
37Was arrested for indecent exposure during her nightclub act in Burlington, Vermont in 1963.
38Initally divorced Mickey Hargitay on May 1, 1963; she divorced him again in Juarez, Mexico. On August 26, 1964, the California Superior Court recognized the Mexican divorce pronouncement.
39Made Mr. Blackwell's Worst-Dressed List in 1961 with Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren and Shirley MacLaine. She also made the List in 1964.
40Was a classically trained pianist and violinist.
41Spoke five languages.
42Turned down the role of Ginger Grant on Gilligan's Island (1964), which went to Tina Louise.
43Had five children: Jayne Marie Mansfield (born November 8, 1950), Mickey Hargitay Jr. (born December 21, 1958), Zoltan Hargitay (born August 1, 1960), Mariska Hargitay (born January 24, 1964) and Tony Cimber (born October 18, 1965).
44Following her untimely death, she was interred at Fairview Cemetery in Plainfield (Outside of Pen Argyl), Pennsylvania.
45Producer 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 role.
46Mother of Jayne Marie Mansfield, who appeared in Playboy magazine in 1976, following her mother's footsteps.
47Playboy Playmate of the Month February 1955.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Guide for the Married Man1967Technical Adviser (Girl with Harold)
The Fat Spy1966Junior Wellington
The Las Vegas Hillbillys1966Tawny
Single Room Furnished1966Johnnie / Mae / Eileen
Primitive Love1964Dr. Jane
When Strangers Meet1964Darlene / Mrs. Smithopolis
Panic Button1964Angela
Burke's Law1964TV SeriesCleo Patrick
Homesick for St. Pauli1963Evelyne
Promises! Promises!1963Sandy Brooks
The Red Skelton Hour1959-1963TV SeriesDr. Joyce Sisters / Lorelei Lovely / Daisy June
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962TV SeriesMarion
It Happened in Athens1962Eleni Costa
Follow the Sun1962TV SeriesScottie
The George Raft Story1961Lisa Lang
Kraft Mystery Theater1961TV Series
Monte Carlo1961TV Movie
The Loves of Hercules1960Queen Deianira / Hippolyta
It Takes a Thief1960Billy
Playgirl After Dark1960Midnight Franklin
After Hours1959TV Series
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw1958Kate
Kiss Them for Me1957Alice Kratzner
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?1957Rita Marlowe
The Burglar1957Gladden
The Wayward Bus1957Camille Oakes
Shower of Stars1957TV Series
The Girl Can't Help It1956Jerri Jordan
Sunday Spectacular: The Bachelor1956TV MovieRobin
Female Jungle1956Candy Price
Hell on Frisco Bay1955Mario's Dance Partner at Nightclub (uncredited)
Illegal1955Angel O'Hara
Pete Kelly's Blues1955Cigarette Girl
Lux Video Theatre1954TV SeriesGirl at Piano

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Electric Blue 221985Video performer: "I'm In Love" - uncredited
Electric Blue 41982Video performer: "I'm In Love" - uncredited
The Fat Spy1966performer: "I'd Like to be a Rose in Your Garden But I'm Just a Thorn in Your Side"
The Las Vegas Hillbillys1966performer: "THAT MAKES IT"
The Jack Benny Program1963TV Series performer - 1 episode
Homesick for St. Pauli1963performer: "Wo Ist Der Mann", "Snick-Snack Snuckelchen"
Promises! Promises!1963performer: "Lu-Lu-Lu, I'm in Love", "Promise Her Anything"
It Takes a Thief1960performer: "The Challenge of Love"
Playgirl After Dark1960performer: "Too Hot To Handle", "You Were Made For Me"
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw1958performer: "In the Valley of Love", "If the San Francisco Hills Could Only Talk", "Strolling Down the Lane with Bill" - uncredited
The Girl Can't Help It1956"Rock Around the Rock Pile" / performer: "Ev'rytime" - uncredited
Illegal1955performer: "Too Marvelous for Words" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That Man: Peter Berlin2005Documentary heavenly thanks
S1m0ne2002Simone wishes to thank the following for their contribution to the making of Simone

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield1968DocumentaryHerself
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself
Spree1967DocumentaryHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Juke Box Jury1959-1967TV SeriesHerself - Panelist / Herself - Panellist
Candid Camera1967TV SeriesHerself
The Pat Boone Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Poem Posters1966ShortHerself
A Bob Hope Comedy Special1966TV SpecialHerself
The Bob Hope Show1962-1966TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Milton Berle Show1966TV SeriesHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1966TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1956-1966TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest / Herself
The Match Game1964-1966TV SeriesTeam Captain
Today1956-1966TV SeriesHerself
The Jack Paar Program1962-1965TV SeriesHerself / Herself (on film)
Girl Talk1965TV SeriesHerself
Jackie Gleason: American Scene Magazine1964-1965TV SeriesHerself / Game Show Panelist / Sketch / ...
Password All-Stars1964TV SeriesHerself
Get the Message1964TV SeriesHerself
Cinépanorama1957-1964TV Series documentaryHerself
Reflets de Cannes1956-1964TV Series documentaryHerself
Stump the Stars1962-1964TV SeriesHerself - Guest Panelist / Herself
The Jack Benny Program1956-1963TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1963TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host
TV-uutiset ja sää1963TV SeriesHerself
Miss Skandinavia 19641963TV SpecialHerself
The Jack Paar Tonight Show1961-1962TV SeriesHerself
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
Guest Shot1962TV Series documentaryHerself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The Annual National Sports Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
The National Sports Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
This Is Your Life1960TV SeriesHerself
Hollywood - Ein Vorort in vier Anekdoten1960TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Person to Person1956-1960TV Series documentaryHerself
The Arthur Murray Special for Bob Hope1960TV MovieHerself
Menschen, Hoffnungen, Medaillen1960DocumentaryHerself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show1959-1960TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Spectacular1959TV SeriesHerself - Host
The 31st Annual Academy Awards1959TV SpecialHerself - Performer
Screen Snapshots: Salute to Hollywood1958Documentary shortHerself
Hollywood Glamour on Ice1957ShortHerself
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium1957TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHerself
Screen Snapshots: The Walter Winchell Party1957Documentary shortHerself
Tonight! America After Dark1957TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Atlantic City Holiday1956TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Preview1956TV SeriesHerself
Down You Go1951TV SeriesHerself (Regular Panelist) (1956)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-SeriesHerself
Diamonds to Dust2014Herself
George Harrison: Living in the Material World2011DocumentaryHerself
TV Land: Myths and Legends2008TV Series documentaryHerself
E! True Hollywood Story2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Cannes, 60 ans d'histoires2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy: Celebrity Centerfolds2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
American Experience2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles2005VideoHerself
Bettie Page: The Girl in the Leopard Print Bikini2004Video documentaryHerself
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHerself
Naughty Bits2004TV SeriesHerself
The People's Hollywood2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHerself
Celebrity Naked Ambition2003TV Movie documentary
Blond in Hollywood2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Living Famously2003TV Series documentaryHerself
Cleavage2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
Blondes: Diana Dors1999TV Special documentaryHerself
Arena1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Playboy: The Story of X1998Video documentaryHerself
Omnibus1998TV Series documentary
E! Mysteries & Scandals1998TV SeriesHerself
50 años de cámaras ocultas1998TV MovieHerself
François Chalais, la vie comme un roman1997TV Movie documentaryHerself
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years1997TV Movie documentaryActress 'The Girl Can't Help It' (uncredited)
Candid Camera's 50th Anniversary1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
Kelsey Grammer Salutes Jack Benny1995TV Movie documentaryHerself
Death Scenes 21992Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Playboy Playmates: The Early Years1992Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Babylon1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy Video Centerfold: Dutch Twins1989Video documentaryHerself
Hollywood Sex Symbols1988Video documentary shortHerself
Happy Birthday, Bob: 50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC1988TV MovieHerself
Hollywood Uncensored1987DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood's Private Home Movies1983TV Movie documentaryHerself
Notre Dame de la Croisette1981DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Bob Hope's Overseas Christmas Tours: Around the World with the Troops - 1941-19721980TV Movie documentaryHerself
Mondo Hollywood1967DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHerself
The Love Goddesses1965DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself
Lykke og krone1962DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Zwischen Glück und Krone1959DocumentaryHerself
The James Dean Story1957DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Ed Sullivan Show1957TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6328 Hollywood Blvd.
1957Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USAMost Promising Newcomer - FemaleThe Girl Can't Help It (1956)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1959Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Female Musical PerformanceThe Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

TitleSalary
A Guide for the Married Man (1967)$10,000
Promises..... Promises! (1963)$150,000 + % of profits
Gli amori di Ercole (1960)$75,000
The Burglar (1957)$5,000
The Girl Can't Help It (1956)$2,500 .00 per week
Female Jungle (1956)$150
Lux Video Theatre (1950)$300

#Quote
1I love sex... It should be animalistic, it should be sadistic, it should at times be masochistic... There are few rules and moral conventions.
2Once you were a starlet. Then you're a star. Can you become a starlet again?
3Nothing risque, nothing gained.
4If you're going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.
5Men are those creatures with two legs and eight hands.
6You know which title I like best? I like to be called mother.
7Sex appeal is a wonderful, warm, womanly, healthy feeling. If you're a woman it's womanly, if you're not it's manly... it comes only from inside... it's an effervescent desire to enjoy life.
8I have always considered my career self and my personal self as two different and separate people. There's a Jayne Mansfield at home, a wife and devoted mother, and there's Jayne the sex symbol, which is my career. I have always kept them completely apart and separate.
9I guess a lot of people think that a girl who shows her bosom and wears tight dresses can't be close to God. God has always been close to me. Only He knew what was in my heart.
10[Upon learning that 20th Century-Fox had lied to her about being considered for the lead in a film about the life of Jean Harlow] I have thousands of letters here, from people all over the world, saying I am the perfect Harlow... even naturally have her mannerisms of caressing my body and arms in that way. But no, they can't see me playing the dramatic side of Harlow's life.
11I like the California style of living.
12If you want the best things in life, you have to earn them for yourself.
13Once you were a starlet. Then you're a star. Can you be a starlet again?
14My father was the only man I ever knew who really loved me unselfishly, who never used me for personal gain.
15I didn't come to Hollywood to be the girl next door. I came to be a movie star.
16To function as an actress, I have to be in love. I have to have that incentive to work.
17Looks don't regulate a girl's body temperature, at least not this girl's body temperature. Intelligence in a man is the keynote and no girl in her right mind is going to go shopping for a man who's handsome and husky alone.
18I've got the strangest build. It's big in the hips, small in the waist and I've got these enormous... shoulders.
19No one wants to see or read about a dull subject. I don't consider myself a dull subject.
20I'd like ten more babies and ten more chihuahuas and a few Academy Awards. Meanwhile, I enjoy being a sex symbol and making people happy.
21I want to earn my own way, I like having nice things, but I've never accepted anything I haven't earned.
22War is a foolish, childish, animalistic, unthinking, unintelligent way of trying to accomplish a purpose.
23We eat a lot of lean meat and fresh vegetables. You are what you eat, you know. When I'm 100, I'll still be doing pin-ups.
24A lot of happiness can be brought to the mentally distraught by a little understanding.
25I like being a pin-up girl, there's nothing wrong with it.
26I don't particularly enjoy publicity, it seems to just follow me around.
27I will never be satisfied. Life is one constant search for betterment for me.
28Carrying a baby is the most rewarding experience a woman can enjoy.
29If you're going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.
30I don't want to get involved in the racial situation at the expense of losing fans. I wouldn't say anything too strong, but I do know that God created us equal and we're not living up to it.
31Stars were made to suffer, and I am a star.
32To establish yourself as an actress, you have to become well known. A girl just starting out, I would tell her to concentrate on acting, but she doesn't have to go around wearing blankets.
33[on Bette Davis] Dramatic art in her opinion is knowing how to fill a sweater.

#Trademark
1High-pitched squeal
2Lisp, breathless voice
3Voluptuous figure
4Platinum blonde hair

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