Sunday, April 19, 2009

Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield in 'Too Hot to Handle' (1960)

Jayne Mansfield burst on the Hollywood scene like a rocket in 1955. One of the biggest sex symbol stars of the 1950s and 1960s, Jayne was second only to Marilyn Monroe and personified the era of the Blonde Bombshell. Known for her love of children and animals, Jayne also possessed an IQ of 163 and was known as one of the most friendliest, as well as publicity loving, stars of the era.

She was the first American motion picture actress to ever appear nude in a legitimate major motion picture. Known for having one of the most sensational hourglass figures ever. 40D-17-36.

Her first film was a bit role as a cigarette girl in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955). Although the roles in the beginning weren't much, she was successful in gaining those roles because of her ample physical attributes which placed her in two other films that year, Hell on Frisco Bay (1955) and Illegal (1955).

Her breakout role came the next year with a featured part in The Burglar (1957). By the time she portrayed Rita Marlowe in Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957) and Too Hot to Handle (1960), Jayne was now known as the poor man's Marilyn Monroe. She didn't get the plum roles that Marilyn got in her productions. Instead Jayne got roles that was more of a showcase for her body more than anything else. Jayne did have a real talent for acting, but the movie executives insisted she stay in her dumb blonde stereotype roles. For the balance of her career, Jayne never received any standout performances although she was more than capable of doing them.

On June 29, 1967, Jayne was killed when the car in which she was riding crashed into the back of a semi on the road near Slidell, Louisiana. Her lawyer Sam Brody also perished in the accident. The beautiful woman who starred in only 25 films, the woman who fought so hard for respectability, the woman who, in her own right, was a very good actress was dead at the age of 34. Her final film, Single Room Furnished (1968) was released the following year. source/more

Pleased to accept a ticket from 'Miss Traffic Stopper'.
Jayne poses as a motorcycle cop. (1962).

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