Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield

American actress, singer, model
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  • By the 1960s Mansfield's career had declined into cheesy sexploitation and hokey and somewhat embarrassing guest appearances.
  • Was born with brunette hair.
  • The Japanese Band The 5, 6, 7, 8's play a song called "I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield".
  • The German punk-rock-band "The Bates" dedicated the song "The Lips Of Jayne Mansfield" (Album "Shake!") to her.
  • Her 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.
  • Is portrayed by Loni Anderson in The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980) (TV).
  • California license plate on her 1956 Lincoln Premiere Convertible: NBB 851.
  • Was of German and English descent.
  • Jayne was named the 2nd (out of 100) top Playboy Playmates of all time according to Playboy Magazine.
  • She had a serious drinking problem most of her adult life.
  • She was cut (as was Ruth Gordon) from the final print of The Loved One (1965).
  • Her autobiography, published in 1963, was titled "Jayne Mansfield's Wild, Wild World." It written by Jayne with a few chapters by her then husband Mickey Hargitay. Included in the biography are an astrologer's predictions for Jayne's career path and Mickey's fitness tips.
  • Los 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.
  • Measurements: 39 1/2-23-36 1/2 (smallest ever measured), 46D-18-36 (largest ever measured), 44D-18-36 (self-described), 46D-23-37 (after having children), 40D-21-35 1/2 (standard for the majority of her career), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
  • Was the first mainstream American actress to appear nude in a mainstream American film (Promises! Promises! (1963)).
  • Her character in the film The George Raft Story (1961) is based on 1940s bombshell Betty Grable.
  • Had five children: Jayne Marie Mansfield (b. 8 November 1950), Miklos Hargitay, Jr. a.k.a. Mickey Hargitay Jr. (b. 21 December 1958), Zoltan Hargitay (b. 1 August 1960), Mariska Hargitay (b. 24 January 1964), & Antonio Raphael Ottaviano Cimber a.k.a. Tony Cimber (b. 18 October 1965).
  • Her estate was valued at approximately $2,000,000 at the time of her death, a significant sum by 1967 standards.
  • Though 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.
  • Was with 20th Century-Fox from 1956-1962.
  • During the late 1950s, the front bumpers of some American cars came with extensions that resembled a pair of large breasts as they would be shaped by the conical brassieres of the period. Soon after their introduction, these extensions were nicknamed "Jayne Mansfields."
  • The 1965 or 1966 Buick that Jayne was killed in is now locked in a garage, in the same shape it was in after the crash. The owner, who is a big fan, used to display it at various shows over the years, and it was sometimes billed as "Jayne Mansfield's death car." He dosen't show it any more. Reportedly, the car still has the blood stains on the seats.
  • Contrary to popular belief, she was not exactly 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".
  • Her 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."
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