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Jayne Mansfield: Sex Symbol

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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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Jayne Mansfield Video Clips

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Sofia Loren & Jayne Mansfield

Sofia Loren & Jayne Mansfield

Sofia Loren & Jayne Mansfield

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

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.

Learn more about Mariska Hargitay:

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."

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

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.

Jayne Mansfield

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)

What have you got to say?

tonyleather on November 15, 2013:

Fantastic post about an iconic lady!

Yamin Joe on August 08, 2013:

Great lens, it reminds me of my youth!

anonymous on April 25, 2013:

cool lens

kindoak on February 28, 2013:

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

kabbalah lm on February 23, 2013:

Today they would call her overweight

Aibrean82 on February 18, 2013:

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!

Takkhis on February 03, 2013:

Looks nice!

DMWaters on January 11, 2013:

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

whats4dinner on December 03, 2012:

look at tat body! wow!!!

jadapotata on October 26, 2012:

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

Otto Phillips on October 15, 2012:

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

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on September 11, 2012:

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

Joh2xny on September 10, 2012:

They are really sexy, man!

anonymous on August 27, 2012:

Love the picture with Sofia Loren!

Tara Wojtaszek on August 13, 2012:

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

VspaBotanicals on August 10, 2012:

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

Tagarack on August 06, 2012:

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

Tarra99 on August 06, 2012:

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!

Canvas-Art-Shop on July 19, 2012:

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

tweeky lm on June 17, 2012:

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

bill-beaman2 on June 12, 2012:

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.

najem lm on June 08, 2012:

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

Angel_Lou on May 28, 2012:

Woooooow, I loooooooove it!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on May 08, 2012:

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

Mark Falco from Reno, Nevada on April 15, 2012:

I didn't know Mariska Hargitay was her daughter!

AJ from Australia on March 08, 2012:

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

Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on February 27, 2012:

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

SmartyGirlRenee on February 14, 2012:

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

MelonyVaughan on February 13, 2012:

Beautiful lens! Thanks for sharing.

John Norman Stewart from Cottonwood, CA on January 29, 2012:

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.

frankbrondum on January 23, 2012:

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.

curious0927 on January 21, 2012:

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

ErnestBoehm on January 20, 2012:

well donevery nice

xposedbydesign on January 13, 2012:

Well done.

moonlitta on January 08, 2012:

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

Fignewton37 on January 07, 2012:

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.

E L Seaton from Virginia on January 06, 2012:

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

nyclittleitaly on December 27, 2011:

She was beautiful. Great lens.

jadehorseshoe on December 25, 2011:

Perfect Lens.

krakensquid on December 22, 2011:

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

Bob Black from East Midlands, England, UK on December 20, 2011:

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

najem lm on December 15, 2011:

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

Barbara Walton from France on December 06, 2011:

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.

vkumar05 on November 28, 2011:

This a great Lens.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on November 24, 2011:

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.

anonymous on November 23, 2011:

I love it! more please.

magicshine1 on November 07, 2011:

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

myimrelationship on October 17, 2011:

Great lens, really enjoyed reading it

SpEeDyG360 LM on October 01, 2011:

nice lens! thanks for sharing!

colesterol on September 24, 2011:

Why she died so young?

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on September 22, 2011:

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

alphaworms on August 27, 2011:

She died too young

Pierre Pine on August 05, 2011:

Great lens, lots of interesting bio information.

vavavoodoo on July 20, 2011:

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

anonymous on July 10, 2011:

Awesome lens! So interesting :)

jeremyh1 on July 08, 2011:

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

JoshK47 on July 02, 2011:

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

Jereme Causing from Philippines on July 02, 2011:

cool :D haha

CarynJSwift56889 on June 30, 2011:

I like this lens and the star

WhitneySpears on June 25, 2011:

Is it true she is "mixed"?

Wendy Leanne from Texas on June 24, 2011:

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.

ardinsyah on June 24, 2011:

best women :)

Steve-SEO-UK on June 21, 2011:

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

anonymous on June 03, 2011:

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!

GrabThePopcorn on May 29, 2011:

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.

anonymous on May 27, 2011:

A great tribute to a beautiful icon!

TravKo on May 15, 2011:

A wonderful lens and tribute!

fantasticallyfi on May 04, 2011:

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

hunksparrow on May 03, 2011:

Simply gorgeous

Endocet on April 20, 2011:

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

anonymous on March 29, 2011:

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

elyria on March 14, 2011:

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

LouisaDembul on March 13, 2011:

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

plrang on March 08, 2011:

Beautiful.. just like my girlfriend ;)

writercb1 from United States on March 03, 2011:

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

Krafick on February 28, 2011:

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

Fox Music on February 14, 2011:

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

nangaye-steve on February 03, 2011:

Wow! A real beauty.

hershel01 on February 03, 2011:

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

nancymcconnell on February 02, 2011:

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

anonymous on January 28, 2011:

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

tobejim on January 27, 2011:

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

thetruthtosixpackabs on January 27, 2011:

She was quite hot thanks for creating this lens.

DrPeter on January 26, 2011:

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

photofk3 on January 19, 2011:

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

yourgoldenfuture on January 13, 2011:

says hi:-) and a wonderfully made lens

DMWaters on January 12, 2011:

Jane Mansfiels was a TEN!

scar4 on January 06, 2011:

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

anonymous on January 01, 2011:

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

pompom210 on November 24, 2010:

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,


rasgriz on November 23, 2010:

niceeee...visit mine too

wadestar on November 21, 2010:

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

John Norman Stewart from Cottonwood, CA on November 17, 2010:

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.

anonymous on November 09, 2010:

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

anonymous on November 02, 2010:

I didn't see any symbol here...

vitar on November 02, 2010:

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

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ZablonMukuba on October 26, 2010:

shw was hot

anonymous on October 15, 2010:

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

italianizeyours on October 13, 2010:

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

anonymous on October 11, 2010:

Well done lens, she was a big favorite of mine for many years.

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