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Jayne Mansfield

Actress Jayne Mansfield

Full Name: Vera Jane Palmer
Profession: Actress

United States of America

Biography: Film actress Jayne Mansfield was a leading sex symbol of the 1950s and 60s and was often compared to Marilyn Monroe. Mansfield epitomized the image of the blonde bombshell with a voluptuous figure and limited intelligence, although her IQ was supposedly 163.

In 1957 Mansfield received a Golden Globe award for her role in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter", a follow-up from her appearance in the stage show. She is also remembered for starring in the film "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) and for "Promises! Promises!" (1963) in which she became the first major film star to appear naked on screen.

Mansfield was also a singer, singing in "Promises! Promises!" and had a top ten UK hit. Mansfield was known for her publicity stunts, which usually capitalized on her figure and she was one of the most photographed Hollywood celebrities of her time.

In 1967 she died tragically in a car crash, which three of her children survived. One of them Mariska Hargitay, has gone on to become a hugely successful TV star.

Born: April 19, 1933
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aries

Died: June 29, 1967 (aged 34)
Cause of Death: Car crash

Married Life

  • 1950-05-06 American student, and aspiring actress, Vera Jayne (Palmer) Peers (later known as Jayne Mansfield) (17) weds American student Paul Mansfield (20), in Fort Worth, Texas; divorce in 1958
  • 1958-01-08 Actress Jayne Mansfield and public relations manager Paul Mansfield's divorce is finalized, after 7-1/2 years of marriage
  • 1958-01-13 American actress Jayne Mansfield (24) weds Hungarian-American bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay (32) at the Wayfarers Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California; divorce in 1964
  • 1964-08-26 American actress Jayne Mansfield and Hungarian-American bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay's Mexican divorce is recognized by the state of California
  • 1964-09-24 American actress Jayne Mansfield (31) weds American film producer and director Matt Cimber (28) in Mulege, Baja California Sur, Mexico; divorce in 1966
  • 1966-07-20 American actress Jayne Mansfield and American film producer and director Matt Cimber file for divorce, after less than 2 years of marriage

Historical Events

  • 1956-12-01 Musical comedy film "The Girl Can't Help It" starring Jayne Mansfield with cameos by rock 'n' roll stars Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, and Gene Vincent

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