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Jayne Mansfield: Sex Symbol

Updated on April 6, 2015

Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967) - Oh What a Woman!

Jayne Mansfield, was a sex symbol. She pushed the limits. Often overshadowed by Marilyn Monroe, Jayne broke boundaries. Though her life was cut short, Jayne Mansfield lived life more then most. She suffered tragedy, and conquered the hearts of millions. She was fearless, seductive, and dedicated.

The first time I ever heard of Jayne Mansfield, I was standing directly in front of her grave (long story). My father told me about how he remembered seeing her once when he was a teenager. He told me about how everyone in town made an effort to see Jayne Mansfield that day. Atop the grave were three coins from somewhere far away - in a language we couldn't even even recognize, with a bouquet of fresh flowers. This all piqued my interest, and I had to know more about Jayne. I'm so glad I was introduced to the memory of such an amazing woman.

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Sofia Loren & Jayne Mansfield

Sofia Loren & Jayne Mansfield
Sofia Loren & Jayne Mansfield
Mariska Hargitay
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Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay, the beautiful star of Law and Order SVU, is Jayne Mansfield's daughter. Her father was bodybuilder and actor Mickey Hargitay.

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Men are creatures

with two legs

and eight hands.

-Jayne Mansfield

More Memorable Quotes by Jayne Mansfield - An amazing woman is bound to utter a few amazing sentences...

"I will never be satisfied. Life is one constant search for the betterment for me."

"Most girls don't know what to do with what they've got."

"We take our children everywhere we go. I don't believe in having them and then leaving them to someone else to bring up."

"A 41-inch bust and a lot of perseverance will get you more than a cup of coffee-a lot more."

"A woman should be pink and cuddly for a man."

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Biography: Part I


Mansfield, born Vera-Jayne Palmer, was born April 19, 1933 in in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. As her father died when she was very young, she and her mother moved back to her mothers hometown, Pen Argyl, PA. They later moved to Dallas, TX.

Jayne attracted attention wherever she went. This attention led to the birth of her daughter Jayne-Marie at age 16, and early marriage of Jayne to a boy she was seeing, Paul Mansfield (not the father). They moved west.

Jayne was persistent in her pursuit of Paramount Studios, landing herself in The Female Jungle, after making herself a blonde. Through a series of sexy press stunts, she began to get public attention. Her husband, however, did not like the way things were going - he left.

Jayne landed three film's with Warner: Pete Kally's Blues, Hell On Frisco Bay, Illegal. Then, back to the sexy publicity stunts.

Here enters Hugh Hefner. Jayne was the centerfold in February of 1955, and appeared each February until 1963.

After finishing a few B-Movies, Jayne stared in the play "Rock Hunter", on Broadway. During this, the sexy publicity stunts continued. She never wanted the public to forget her.

Jayne's popularity was rising, to the point of having her choice of roles. But her commitment to the play became a problem. Twentieth Century Fox was so interested in her, they bought the rights to the play and closed it. They saw their opportunity to have another Marilyn Monroe, who was sometimes too much hassle.

Jayne moved back to California with Mickey Hargitay, a Hungarian body builder and Mr. Universe 1955, who she had met at a Mae West show. "The Girl Can't Help It" was the first of several Fox hits for Jayne. But, when Marilyn Monroe finalized her contract with them, Jayne was not their top priority any longer.

On January 13, 1958, Jayne and Mickey Hargitay finally wed in a grand ceremony. (They had had to wait for the divorce from Paul Mansfield to be finalized). A few months later, she was pregnant again - to the dismay of Fox. Her movie career, was becoming an foreign-made film fest.

"Promises, Promises", in 1963, included Jayne's first nude scene and the first by any major Hollywood star. The movie was banned in many cities.

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Biography: Part II


Jayne began a fling with singer Nelson Sardelli, and quickly (and publicly, got a Mexican divorce from Mickey. It was not long before she returned to Mickey, pregnant again. As the Mexican divorce was not believed to be legal, they did not remarry.

Jayne, in 1964, fell in love with Matt Cimber, director of the play she starred in, "BUS STOP". Again, she left Mickey, but did not get a divorce as now that Mexican divorce was believed to have been legal. The two got married in Mexico on September 24, 1964, and moved to New York. Jayne gives birth to her fifth child Antonio Raphael Ottaviano a.k.a Anthony Richard Cimber in October of 1965.

As work slowed, for Jayne, she began a romance with her custody and divorce lawyer, Sam Brody. Jayne's drinking accelerates, and she and Sam fought - often physically.

And the publicity stunts resurface. During one of these stunts, her son Zoltan (Mickey's son) was mauled by a lion, putting him in a coma and requiring emergency brain surgery. He was released by Christmas.

Jayne died tragically at age 34. A freak auto accident in the middle of the night in Lousianna took the the lives of Jayne Mansfield, Sam Brody, and Ronnie Harrison, and three dogs. Mariska, Zoltan, Mickey Jr, and two dogs survived.

A fight over her body and where she wanted to spend eternity ensued between the men of her life. A judge declared that that Mexican divorce was not legal, and by such neither was the later marriage to Matt Cimber. Mickey was the one to decide upon her resting place. He decided upon Pen Argyl, where her grandparents were. The National Guard came to hold back the crowd of nearly 10,000 people who came to see the celebrities that were expected to attend the funeral. A grand farewell!

Jayne never wanted to be forgotten, and she will not be forgotten. Jayne Mansfield has a beautiful heart shaped gravestone, which began a bold pink - bold as Jayne herself. Though it has faded over the years, it is clear from rows away that that is the stone of a woman who loved life, and lived it more then most women years older then she.

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Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield's Filmography

Mansfield also stared on several TV shows and special events as herself - they are not listed here. Her films:

Female Jungle (1954)

Hell on Frisco Bay (1955)

Pete Kelly's Blues (1955)

Illegal (1955)

Sunday Spectacular: The Bachelor (1956)

The Girl Can't Help It (1956)

"Shower of Stars" (1957) TV

The Wayward Bus (1957)

The Burglar (1957)

Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Kiss Them for Me (1957)

The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw (1958)

The Challenge (1960)

Amori di Ercole, Gli (1960)

Too Hot to Handle (1960)

"Kraft Mystery Theater" (1961) TV

Monte Carlo (1961) TV

The George Raft Story (1961)

"Follow the Sun" (1962) TV

It Happened in Athens (1962)

"The Alfred Hitchcock Hour" (1962) TV

Heimweh nach St. Pauli (1963)

Promises! Promises! (1963)

"Burke's Law" (1964) TV

Panic Button (1964)

Dog Eat Dog (1964)

The Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966)

The Fat Spy (1966)

A Guide for the Married Man (1967)

Single Room Furnished (1968)

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Fantastic post about an iconic lady!

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      Yamin Joe 4 years ago

      Great lens, it reminds me of my youth!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      cool lens

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      kindoak 5 years ago

      Oh man, I love the pic with Sofia Loren & Jayne Mansfield! Is she jealous or interested?

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      Today they would call her overweight

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      Aibrean82 5 years ago

      Wow! I'm not sure I've heard about her before, but now you definitely got me interested. I would like to find out even more about her. Great lens!

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      Takkhis 5 years ago

      Looks nice!

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      DMWaters 5 years ago

      She certainly sounds like an amazing person as well as a beautiful woman and successful actress.

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      whats4dinner 5 years ago

      look at tat body! wow!!!

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      jadapotata 5 years ago

      Great lens! I'm glad you mentioned Mariska Hargitay, people often forget she's Jayne's daughter.

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      Otto Phillips 5 years ago

      Jayne Mansfield was not the dumb Hollywood blonde most people thought she was. Great lens!

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I remember seeing Jayne Mansfield on a late night talk show, she was a very bright intelligent, quick witted woman.

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      Joh2xny 5 years ago

      They are really sexy, man!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Love the picture with Sofia Loren!

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      Wow, I had no idea Mariska Hargitay was Jayne Mansfield's daughter. This is a really interesting lens.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Very Nice job on this lens. I truly didn't know the fact about her daughter. Hmmm. Great job.

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      Tagarack 5 years ago

      Well researched lens and a very good tribute to one of Hollywood's most famous actresses.

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      Tarra99 5 years ago

      LOL I love that pic of Sophia and Jayne! Would be great for a captions I had no idea Mariska Hargitay was her daughter! The things you learn reading lenses...very cool, thanks for sharing!

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      Canvas-Art-Shop 5 years ago

      Wonderful, what a great lens! SOme really great work!

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      tweeky lm 5 years ago

      nice lens, i love this photo Sofia Loren & Jayne Mansfield

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      bill-beaman2 5 years ago

      very good lens. I have always been a fan of Jayne Mansfield. I used to say she was the Anna Nicole Smith to Pam Anderson's Marilyn Monroe. Maybe a little more talent and much better looking too.

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      najem lm 5 years ago

      Nice lens! I think there are some problems with the pictures on your lens?

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      Angel_Lou 5 years ago

      Woooooow, I loooooooove it!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like Mariska Hargitay. I think JM's necklines were a tad too low. Don't ya think?

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      Mark Falco 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      I didn't know Mariska Hargitay was her daughter!

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      AJ 6 years ago from Australia

      She was one of a kind. I think Sophia Loren was pleased that was the case - she clearly disapproved.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      Another life too short. I enjoy watching her daughter star on Law and Order, SVU.

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      SmartyGirlRenee 6 years ago

      Jayne Mansfield also has a vivacious decorating style. Her red leather office in Architectural Digest's Hollywood at Home is fab

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      MelonyVaughan 6 years ago

      Beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      John Norman Stewart 6 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      I remember driving by her pink house on Sunset Blvd. as teenagers driving to Malibu beach in the late 50's. This is a very complete lens. Thank you.

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      frankbrondum 6 years ago

      Louisiana born and raised I remember when she was killed. The news spread like wildfire. Although I was just a child about nine or ten, I thought she was awesome. Thanks for such a great read and a wonderful glance into the past. Keep up the good work.

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      curious0927 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! The OMG was prevalent throughout the whole lens. Bookmarked for a quick return! Blessed by an Angel!

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      ErnestBoehm 6 years ago

      well donevery nice

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      xposedbydesign 6 years ago

      Well done.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Apparently a strong character- which I love about Jayne. (Not too bad looking, either...;) Joking. But you know it...:)

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      Fignewton37 6 years ago

      She was a gorgeous woman. As a child I barely remember her and I was unaware that she did so many movies. Thanks for your hard work on the lens. Really nice.

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      Nicely done lens. I was unaware of her contributions to the film landscape.

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      nyclittleitaly 6 years ago

      She was beautiful. Great lens.

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      jadehorseshoe 6 years ago

      Perfect Lens.

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      krakensquid 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens! Feel free to check out my lens about Keira Knightley, if you'd like :)

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      BobBlackUK 6 years ago

      In my teens and early twenties, she was one of the film stars I had a crush on.

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      najem lm 6 years ago

      Nice lady! I like wathing and making lenses about celebrities.

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      Barbara Walton 6 years ago from France

      There was a piece on Jayne Mansfield on BBC Radio 4 recently about the time she visited the north of England. It was very interesting.

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      vkumar05 6 years ago

      This a great Lens.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 6 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      She was a magnificent woman. I remember watching her movies, and of course at that time she was the epitome of what a woman wanted to look like. I love her daughter Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order SVU. It was a terrible shame Jayne died so young. Thanks for a great lens, brought back lots of memories. Blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love it! more please.

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      magicshine1 6 years ago

      to think that nowadays she would've been consdiered 'too big' - what a shame!

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      myimrelationship 6 years ago

      Great lens, really enjoyed reading it

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      SpEeDyG360 LM 6 years ago

      nice lens! thanks for sharing!

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      colesterol 6 years ago

      Why she died so young?

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      I did not know many of the facts on Jayne Mansfield which you provided in your lens. Thank you.

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      alphaworms 6 years ago

      She died too young

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      Pierre Pine 6 years ago

      Great lens, lots of interesting bio information.

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      vavavoodoo 6 years ago

      so very true - they don't make them like her any more!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! So interesting :)

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      jeremyh1 6 years ago

      Yeah that's very true she is the first sex symbol of the hollywood with you know big jugs.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Jayne Mansfield is right up there with Bettie Page in my favorite bombshells list - had no idea that Mariska Hargitay was her daughter!

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      Jereme Causing 6 years ago from Philippines

      cool :D haha

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      CarynJSwift56889 6 years ago

      I like this lens and the star

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      WhitneySpears 6 years ago

      Is it true she is "mixed"?

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      My grandmother was friends with Jayne Mansfield and her family when they lived here in Texas. Her tragic death was a shock to everyone. They still talk about it in my hometown.

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      ardinsyah 6 years ago

      best women :)

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      Steve-SEO-UK 6 years ago

      Fantastic - one of the most beautiful women in history. Thumbs Up for bringing back wonderful memories.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! This lens was really beautiful. It is so true of what you wrote because there are few of us, like myself, who have heard little of her because as you mentioned it she was overshadowed by Marilyn Munroe.The beauty about people like them is that they have people like you to remind us all of who they were and the rich legacy they left behind. Thank you. Keep writing. Fantastic job indeed!

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      GrabThePopcorn 6 years ago

      Really nice lens on a great star. I didn't know that her daughter was the star of the Law and Order show...very interesting. Thanks for the list of films...I am going to go watch a few.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A great tribute to a beautiful icon!

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      TravKo 6 years ago

      A wonderful lens and tribute!

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      fantasticallyfi 6 years ago

      They don't make them like they used to! Fab lens!

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      hunksparrow 6 years ago

      Simply gorgeous

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      Endocet 6 years ago

      What an excellent Lens and that picture of Sophia & Jane is priceless...!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      She is very beautiful. Really enjoyed the videos you have posted on the Lens.

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      elyria 7 years ago

      Great Lens! I had no idea that Mariska was her daughter.

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      LouisaDembul 7 years ago

      Interesting! I didn't know the TV-star was her daughter!

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      plrang 7 years ago

      Beautiful.. just like my girlfriend ;)

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      writercb1 7 years ago from United States

      hi! interesting lens. I didn't know this much about her before.

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      Krafick 7 years ago

      Great lens. No wonder Andy has her poster in Shawshank Redemption.

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      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      Amazingly enough, My mother knew Jayne and always said nice things about her. Including her tragic life and choices. This lens has been blessed by a squid angel.

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      Fox Music 7 years ago

      Thank you for this Great Lens on Sex Symbol Jayne Mansfield Very Remarkable

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      nangaye-steve 7 years ago

      Wow! A real beauty.

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      hershel01 7 years ago

      Very good lens, loved them both in the movies, they were outstanding.

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      nancymcconnell 7 years ago

      Love the lens, Jayne was a very beautiful lady and her daughter looks a lot like her.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I believe that she had more talent than Marilyn Monroe. Also was very attractive in many ways

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      tobejim 7 years ago

      Very true - even by today's standards she's gorgeous.

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      thetruthtosixpackabs 7 years ago

      She was quite hot thanks for creating this lens.

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      DrPeter 7 years ago

      Sadly, I was only about 30 miles away when she got killed.

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      photofk3 7 years ago

      Jayne Mansfield really was good-looking. Thanks for putting this together.

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      yourgoldenfuture 7 years ago

      says hi:-) and a wonderfully made lens

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      DMWaters 7 years ago

      Jane Mansfiels was a TEN!

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      scar4 7 years ago

      Jayne Mansfield is new to me, but she is attractive from every angle.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I really like this site on Jayne Mansfield. I honestly think she was a much better preformer than Marilyn Monroe. I have seen a lot of her films and she really could act. Thanks for letting me make a comment about this beautiful Blonde Bomshell

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      pompom210 7 years ago

      Hey Kab,

      Thanks, for discussing Jayne Mansfield. :O)

      She's a fascinating person. I had no idea Mariska Hargitay was her daughter! :O

      Look, one thing has had me scratching my head for the longest. I could have sworn that a documentary or article of some kind showed Ms Mansfield doing a publicity stunt in which she walked nude down...I suppose it was Hollywood Drive. She was surrounded by photographers in suits.

      I've since tried to find further information or a video clip or photo and can find NOTHING. Did I misunderstand something? Did this actually happen (How cool would that be!). Did I merely imagine this?

      Let me know if you've heard of this, Kab.

      Sunshine & Blessings,


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      wadestar 7 years ago

      She's got the drop on Marilyn Monroe in my opinion maybe you should do a vote, thanks for a great lense

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      John Norman Stewart 7 years ago from Cottonwood, CA

      We used to drive by her house on Sunset on the way out to Malibu Beach. It was bright pink like everything else she owned. Nice lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Lens rolled to my Ghost Hunters in Los Angeles? lens where I have her mentioned along with her pink mansion.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I didn't see any symbol here...

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      vitar 7 years ago

      Excellent lens with great information. Keep up the good work.

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      shw was hot

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I really like the picture of Sofia Loren looking at Jayne's chest with obvious jelously!

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      italianizeyours 7 years ago

      I love Jayne Mansfield. She was Marilyn Monroe..king sized.