Jayne Mansfield


Born: 19 April 1933
Died: 29 June 1967 (automobile crash)
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Best known as: The Hollywood bombshell killed in a 1967 car crash

Name at birth: Vera Jayne Palmer

Actress Jayne Mansfield was a Hollywood bombshell just slightly less explosive than her more famous contemporary, Marilyn Monroe. Jayne Mansfield was famous for her bleached-blonde hair and ample bosom, both of which she displayed willingly in publicity photos and in Playboy magazine. She had roles in two dozen films in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Girl Can't Help It (1956), Kiss Them For Me (1957, with Cary Grant) and Promises! Promises! (1963). She was killed in a late-night highway crash in Louisiana in 1967.

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Jayne Mansfield is the mother of actress Mariska Hargitay, who plays Detective Olivia Benson on TV’s Law and Order: Special Victims Unit… Jayne Mansfield was married three times: to Paul Mansfield (1950-58), to bodybuilder Miklos “Mickey” Hargitay (1958-64) and to filmmaker Matt Climber (1964-66). She had one child with Mansfield (Jayne Marie, b. 1950), three with Hargitay (Miklos Jr., b. 1958, Zoltan, b. 1960, and Mariska, b. 1964), and one with Climber (Tony, b. 1965).

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