Jayne Mansfield

Actor, Artist's model, Movie usherette
Possessed by an unquenchable thirst for fame and blessed with a voluptuous figure, actress Jayne Mansfield was one of more successful heirs to the throne of Marilyn Monroe, although a dearth of quality roles would ... Read more »
Born: 04/19/1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (30)

The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield 2001 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

A Guide For the Married Man 1967 (Movie)

Guest Star (Actor)

The Fat Spy 1965 (Movie)

Junior Wellington (Actor)

Panic Button 1963 (Movie)

Angela (Actor)

Promises, Promises 1963 (Movie)

Sandy Brooks (Actor)

Heimweh nach St. Pauli 1962 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/24/62) 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

It Happened in Athens 1961 (Movie)

Eleni Costa (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (02/15/61) 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

Actor

The George Raft Story 1961 (Movie)

Lisa Lang (Actor)

The Arthur Murray Party For Bob Hope 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (01/13/60) 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Holiday in Las Vegas 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw 1958 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Kiss Them For Me 1957 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

The Burglar 1957 (Movie)

Gladden (Actor)

The Wayward Bus 1957 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 (Movie)

Rita Marlowe (Actor)

Down You Go 1951 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

Female Jungle 1956 (Movie)

Candy Price (Actor)

The Bachelor 1955 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Girl Can't Help It 1956 (Movie)

Jerri Jordan (Actor)

Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 (Movie)

Blonde (Actor)

Illegal 1955 (Movie)

Angel O'Hara (Actor)

Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 (Movie)

Cigarette Girl (Actor)

It Takes a Thief (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Spree (Movie)

(Actor)

The Las Vegas Hillbillys (Movie)

(Actor)

Too Hot to Handle (Movie)

Midnight Franklin (Actor)

Biography

Possessed by an unquenchable thirst for fame and blessed with a voluptuous figure, actress Jayne Mansfield was one of more successful heirs to the throne of Marilyn Monroe, although a dearth of quality roles would quickly remove her from the A-list, and a tragic early death would end her brief career all too soon. A canny media manipulator, Mansfield first made headlines with a nude pictorial in Playboy and a highly publicized run on Broadway in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" in 1955. Early hit films such as "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) and the film version of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957), combined with relentless - and revealing - publicity stunts by a shameless Mansfield made her a household name and bona fide movie star. The meteoric rise ended as fast as it had begun, however, with the failure of her next film "Kiss Them for Me" (1957) and 20th Century Fox's subsequent lack of effort to find Mansfield suitable material. As her stardom fizzled, she engaged in a series of stormy, ill-fated relationships and marriages, most notably to bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, with who she had three children, including future actress Mariska Hargitay. Following nearly a decade of appearing in low-budget films the actress was killed in a horrendous car accident in Louisiana at the age of 34. Although referred to by some as "the poor man's Marilyn," the actress would be better remembered for her unabashed spirit and vivaciousness, and mourned for the future opportunities, both professional and personal, denied her by such an early demise.

Relationships

Miklos J Hargiatay Jr

Son
born on December 21, 1958

Sam Brody

Companion
engaged at the time of their deaths in 1967

Matt Cimber

Husband
married in September 1964 separated in July 1966

Octabiano Cimber

Son
born c. 1965

Mickey Hargitay Actor

Husband
Married January 13, 1958 after his divorce became final had three children together, including actress Mariska Hargitay divorced in Juarez, Mexico in January 1964

Mariska Hargitay Actor

Daughter
Born Jan. 23, 1964; father, Mickey Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Daughter
born on January 23, 1964 Miss Beverly Hills (1982)

Zoltan Hargitay

Son
born on August 1, 1960 mauled by a lion as Mansfield posed for photos in a California animal compound in 1966

Jayne Mansfield

Daughter
born November 8, 1950 put in protective custody of juvenile authorities when she reported being mistreated at home to police, two weeks before mother's death

Paul Mansfield

Husband
married in 1950 divorced in 1958 classmate at college

Herbert Palmer

Father
died when Mansfield was six

Vera Palmer

Mother

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California

Southern Methodist University

Dallas , Texas

studied acting with Baruch Lumet (father of Sidney Lumet)

Highland Park High School

Dallas , Texas

Southern Methodist University

Dallas , Texas

University of Texas at Austin

Austin , Texas
classmates included actors Rip Torn and Barbara Barrie and director Robert Benton

Milestones

1968

Appeared in "documentary", "The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield"

1967

Acted in last film, "Single Room Furnished" (released 1968)

1959

Went to England to appear in "The Challenge"

1956

Film debut, "Female Jungle" (bit part)

1956

Achieved star status in "The Girl Can't Help It"

1955

Broadway debut, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"

1950

Worked as a candy vendor when first arrived in Hollywood (date approximate)

Appeared in small part in TV play

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