An unfortunate car accident ended what could have been a long and successful career. During her lifetime, however, the world and the entertainment industry were able to enjoy Jayne Mansfield’s talent as an actress, whose work exceeded all three media of acting – film, television, and stage.
During the time she lived and was an active member of Hollywood, there was never a dull moment for her and she was one of the contributors to an ever vibrant industry that produced entertaining stories in both theaters and newspapers.
In this article, we will discuss more of Jayne Mansfield, her life, her career, and her death. Read on to learn more.
Jayne Mansfield’s Biography
Jayne Mansfield was born on April 19, 1933, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, as Vera Jane Palmer, the daughter of her parents Herbert William Palmer and Vera Jeffrey Palmer. She was an only child, and although she had a modest beginning, she lived a life that enhanced her family’s status in American history.
Growing up, Jayne Mansfield wanted to become a Hollywood star, and she worked on her dream during her high school years at Highland Park High School, where she engaged in extracurricular activities such as violin, piano, and dance lessons.
After graduating high school, she went to UCLA for a summer semester before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Theater Studies.
During her time at school, she worked as a nude model and was also a member of the school’s drama society. After earning a reputation for her beauty and good looks, she received her biggest publicity through Playboy magazine, which featured her as Playmate of the Month.
It was the biggest media presence she had at the time and with the help of her appearance in Playboy, Jayne Mansfield received a significant career boost and began appearing in films and television shows. During her lifetime, she starred in thirty-five films and television shows, including The Girl Can’t Help It, for which she was awarded the Golden Globe.
In addition to her acting career, Jayne Mansfield was also a singer, and she recorded a number of soundtracks and released two albums before she died at the age of 34.
Jayne Mansfield’s Spouse And Children
Jayne Mansfield married three times and was divorced three times, having five children. Outside of her legal marriages, Jayne was also involved in several relationships, many of which were affairs with men of rank.
Her first marriage was to his high school sweetheart Paul Mansfield, with whom she married on 6 May 1950. Their marriage lasted five years before they separated in February 1955 and divorced in January 1958.
In her second marriage, she married Mickey Hargitay, an actor colleague, and bodybuilder. The couple married in January 1958 and were married until May 1963 when they finalized their divorce.
Her third and last marriage was to Matt Climber, whom she married on September 24, 1964. They were married for only one year before they were divorced on 20 July 1966, after they had separated in July 1965.
During the course of their marriage, Jayne Mansfield had five children, one with her first husband Paul Mansfield, three with her second husband Mickey Hargitay, and her fifth child with Matt Climber, Tony Climber.
Height And Body Measurements
Jayne Mansfield, at the height of her career, one of Hollywood’s leading sex symbols, with popularity and prestige that competed with another famous personality, Marilyn Monroe. Her body, which contributed significantly to this status, was 58 kg at a height of 1.5 m 6 inches.
Her body measurements, which defined her curves, were measured at 40, 21 and 36 inches, respectively for her chest, waist, and hips.
A trip to New Orleans in 1967 was the unhappy end of Jayne Mansfield. She, her lawyer, the driver and three of her children traveled from Biloxi, Mississippi, to New Orleans, where she was to appear on a television show. The unfortunate car accident that led to her death was caused when a tractor-trailer braked and rammed Jayne Mansfield’s car, which was traveling at high speed, into its rear.
Jayne Mansfield died immediately in the accident and the other two adults in the front seat also died instantly, but the children survived. Her funeral took place on July 3 in Pennsylvania at Pen Argyl, and she was buried at Fairview Cemetery.