Jayne Mansfield Overview:

Character actress, Jayne Mansfield, was born Vera Jayne Palmer on Apr 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Mansfield died at the age of 34 on Jun 29, 1967 in Slidell, LA and was laid to rest in Fairview Cemetery in Pen Argyl, Northampton County, PA.


Pneumatic American blonde star with little to offer beyond outsize breasts, a cute face, and a little-girl voice - enough to propel her to stardom in a few major films at that home of busty blondes through the years, 20th Century Fox. The seemingly inevitable downward spiral through men, drink, drugs, and semi-nude appearances in nightclubs was graphically depicted in a thousand newspaper stories. Died in a car crash.

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Jayne Mansfield Quotes:

Rita Marlowe: How can I remember? I'm all excited because you're loving me up!

Rita Marlowe: Don't leave me out, I have to be important in my own incorporated.

Candy Price: You're good for nothing, but I'm crazy for you.

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Contrary to popular belief, she was not decapitated in the car crash that killed her. Her death certificate, issued in New Orleans, Louisiana, lists "crushed skull with avulsion of cranium and brain" as the immediate cause of death; her other injuries included "closed fracture of right humerus" and "multiple lacerations of hands and lower extremities".

The late model Buick that Jayne was killed in was locked in a garage for decades, in the same shape it was in after the crash. The owner, who was a big fan, displayed it at various shows over the years, and it was sometimes billed as Jayne Mansfield's death car. The car was sold at auction in 1999 for $8000. Reportedly, the car still has the blood stains on the seats.

Producer Louis W. Kellman always said that he "discovered" Jayne Mansfield. He gave the then little known actress her first starring role (Gladden, Dan Duryea's sexy-but-shy gun moll kid sister) in The Burglar (1957) after seeing the normally jaded and unflappable film crew's "overheated" reaction to her on the set of Pete Kelly's Blues (1955) in which she had a small part.

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