Jayne Mansfield - 1967 - 1933

Quotes by Jayne Mansfield... 

“If you're going to do something wrong, do it big, because the punishment is the same either way.”
“It is the most wonderful feeling in the world, knowing you are loved and wanted”
“I'll have to have a palace, of course. I may not be a princess, but I am a movie queen, and every queen should have a palace.” 

Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer on 19th April 1933) was an American actress of film, theatre, and television. She became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. She was also a nightclub entertainer, singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. A Hollywood actress of the 1950s and early 1960s she was 20th Century Fox's main sex symbol actress, alongside Marilyn Monroe. 

She was also known for her well-publicised personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions. Jayne was a star who never hid her sexual activities - whether they be good or bad. This top heavy phenomenon was said to be highly intelligent with an IQ of genius level (with a bust measurement to match) and was one of the most outrageous characters in Hollywood. 

Her career started on stage but when she moved to Hollywood she learnt publicity could work even if her talent failed. Jayne soon became the ultimate attention grabber - she would crash into rival stars parties flooding the press with gossip. Her hair was peroxide blonde, her lips scarlet and she loved to flaunt her snowy white bosom. Everything else in her life was her trademark pink - including her Cadillac, clothes, home, her heart shaped bed and even her swimming pool! 

All seemed pure show biz and harmless fun until the night of 28th, June 1967. Mansfield was in Biloxi, Mississippi, for an engagement at the Gus Stevens Supper Club. Mansfield, her lover Sam Brody, their driver Ronnie Harrison (age 20), and three of her children – Miklós, Zoltán and Mariska, departed Biloxi after midnight in Stevens' 1966 Buick Electra 225. Their destination was New Orleans, where Mansfield was scheduled to appear on WDSU's ‘Midday Show’ at noon the next day. At 

approximately 2:29 a.m, on U.S. Highway 90 east of the Rigolets Bridge the Buick crashed at high speed into the rear of a tractor- trailer that had slowed behind a truck spraying mosquito fogger and which was shrouded in the insecticide fog. The three adults in the front seat were killed instantly, this included Jayne who was 34 years old. The children, who were asleep in the rear seat, survived with only minor injuries. 

Reports that Mansfield was decapitated are untrue, although she had suffered severe head trauma. The urban legend was spawned by the appearance in police photographs of a crashed car with its top virtually sheared off, and what resembled a blonde-haired head tangled in the car's smashed windshield. However, this was a wig Mansfield was wearing and possibly parts of her actual hair and scalp. 

Mansfield's funeral took place on 3rd July 1967 in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. The service was conducted by Rev. Charles Montgomery, a pastor of the Zion Methodist Church. The funeral was private and was held at the chapel of the Pullis Funeral Home. Of her three husbands, only Mickey Hargitay was present at the funeral. She is interred in Fairview Cemetery, southeast of Pen Argyl, beside her father Herbert William Palmer. Her heart-shaped gravestone reads, "We Live to Love You More Each Day". 

After her funeral stories began to circulate that Jayne Mansfield was not as she seemed, and then her daughter 28 year old Jayne Marie announced she was writing a tell-all book. She branded her mother a monster and that she lived in a bizarre fantasy world of devil worship, drugs and promiscuity. The book was written with co-author Greg Tyler who himself claimed to have had an affair with both mother and daughter. There were some amazing allegations within the book. 

Jayne Mansfield is said to have slept with Elvis Presley in the hope he would star and sing in her film 'The Girl Can't Help It' for no fee. In the morning they agreed to toss a coin, Jayne lost but Elvis gave her a pink motorcycle as a consolation prize. 

It was also said that she had an affair with Senator Robert Kennedy, attended beach parties with John F. Kennedy and Peter Lawford a member of the ‘Rat Pack’ and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy. She would often tell her daughter, “Mommy's off to a pyjama party.” She apparently drank a bottle of Bourbon a day and took huge doses of amphetamines. 

Jayne made her daughter dress like a little girl, flattened her breasts and made her crawl on the floor. The reason for this was that Jayne feared that if she was seen with a teenage girl it would make her appear old. 

The book claims Jayne also held devil-worship ceremonies in the cellar of her pink Hollywood home, apparently this got a bit too crazy and she ordered them out of the house. She believed that joining this cult would gain her extra publicity, but she finally just got fed up with them. 

Her daughter provided this epitaph for her mother:
She may have been the Hitler of the sex symbol world as far as I am concerned. You hated to love her and loved to hate her” 

Later on the stars long time secretary Raymond Strait also told of the viciousness Jayne showed to her daughter, saying Jayne used to urge her boyfriend Brody to hurt her yelling “Beat her! Kill her! Black her eyes! If you love me you'll make her bleed! Another writer Martha Saxton wrote that young Jayne Marie went to the police in 1967 covered with bruises and marks claiming she had been beaten with a leather belt at her mothers urging. No charges were bought at the time but Jayne Marie moved out of the house. 

Mansfield left behind five children, three ex-husbands, a crumbling estate including the Pink Palace, a large number of followers, and a lasting impact on popular culture.