Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967) was a an actress, singer and pin-up model, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. In the 1950s and 1960s, she was one of the main Hollywood sex symbols.
Her acting career was fairly short, but contained several box-office successes and she was awarded Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. Her very first appearance on the big screen was a supporting role in Female Jungle, a low-budget drama that was released unofficially in early 1955.
A few examples of larger movies in which she appeared are The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), The Wayward Bus (1957), and Too Hot to Handle (1960). She played Rita Marlow in the 1955-1956 Broadway production of ”Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?”, and when it was turned into a Hollywood movie she was casted to repeat her role.
With the 1963 movie Promises! Promises! Mansfield became the first major United States actress to have a nude starrring role in a Hollywood motion picture. The film was banned in Cleveland, Ohio, but became on of the Top 10 box-office attractions of the year in the United States.
Mansfield’s life was cut short when she died in a car collision in 1967, aged 34.
Examples of pin-up and promotional pics with Mansfield:
Her natural hair color was dark, but she became famous as one of Hollywood’s ”busty blonde bombshells”
Mansfield in an animal print bikini
Mansfield in a pool surrounded by a myriad of dolls that look like her
Promotional material for Promises! Promises!
In January 1955, Mansfield purposefully wore a too-small red bikini during a movie promotion press junket, and when she dove into the pool the top part predictably came off, giving her a whirlwind of media attention.
The publicity surrounding the ”wardrobe malfunction” led to Playboy offering her to model for the magazine, and she became the Playmate of the Month for February 1955. This turned out to be beneficial for both Playboy and Mansfield, and she returned to do a hand-bra photo for the Playboy Calender.
Mansfield appearing in the February issue of Playboy became a tradition that was kept up from 1955 to 1958, and then again in 1960.
The June 1963 issue of Playboy featured nude photographs of Mansfield from the set of Promises! Promises!, which resulted in Hugh Hefner being charged with obsecenity in the Chicago Municipal court.
About Jayne Mansfield
|Name||Vera Jane Palmer
Vera Jayne Palmer
Vera Jayne Mansfield
|Stage name||Jayne Mansfield|
|Birth||April 19, 1933
in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA
|Education||Southern Methodist University
University of Texas at Austin
University of California, Los Angeles
|Professional years||1950s – 1967|
Married in 1950, divoriced in 1958
Married in 1958, divoriced in 1964
|Death||June 29, 1967
in Eastern New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
|Grave site||Fairview Cemetery in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania|