Guest Post by Imogen Reed
|Blonde ambition - Jayne Mansfield|
|Young Jayne, pre-peroxide|
After a number of failed auditions, and disgruntled by the industry’s attempts to over-look her talents and intelligence in favor of more provocative and alluring actresses, Jayne thus worked on her self reinvention as the typical blonde bombshell associated with that era of Hollywood.
Utilizing her Assets the Hollywood Way
|Sophia Loren's eyes are inexorably drawn to Jayne Mansfield's assets|
|Muscle man Mickey Hargitay -1955|
|Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield's unique Pink Palace, once the home of crooner Rudy Vallee|
|So Hollywood - Jayne Mansfield in full glamour mode|
Jayne’s wild and sometimes chaotic life came to a tragic end on June 28th, 1967. She had been suffering from alcoholism, and the only work she could find included engagements singing in clubs and on the small stage. On June 28th Jayne was taking-part in such an engagement, singing for the patrons at the Gus Stevens Supper Club, Biloxi, Mississippi. After the show had finished, Jayne proceeded to travel across country for her next appointment, accompanied by her then-lover Sam Brody, her driver, Ronnie Harrison, and three of her children Miklos, Zoltan and Mariska. The car they were all traveling in eventually ran into the back of a large tractor-trailer, killing Jayne, Sam and Ronnie. Her three children, whom were situated on the back seat of the car, all survived.
Jayne will be forever known as one of the true blonde bombshells of the vintage Hollywood movie industry, and it’s just a shame that her intelligence was never given a chance to shine through without her having to “dumb down” her demeanor and achievements to obtain notoriety. If your interest has been piqued by the life of Jayne Mansfield, it is suggested you try to source a copy of the perhaps a little lame, but nonetheless entertaining and kitsch made for TV biopic entitled “The Jayne Mansfield Story” – if only for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s role as Mr. Universe, Mickey Hargitay.