Jayne Mansfield

Actress + Singer + Model
Born Apr 19, 1933

Jayne Mansfield was an American film, theatre, and television actress, and major Hollywood sex symbol during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Mansfield was 20th Century Fox's alternative Marilyn Monroe, who became known as "The Working Man's Monroe" and "The Poor Man's Monroe" during her career. Mansfield was also a noted rival to other Hollywood blondes including Mamie Van Doren, Anita Ekberg, Cleo Moore, and Sheree North.… Read More

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1933 Birth Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. … Read More
1938 5 Years Old …  A cenotaph was placed in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood by the Jayne Mansfield Fan Club, but incorrectly cites her year of birth as 1938 (Mansfield tended to provide incorrect information about her age). … Read More
1939 6 Years Old In 1939 Vera married sales engineer Harry Lawrence Peers, and the family moved to Dallas, Texas, where Jayne was known as Vera Jayne Peers. … Read More


She married Paul James Mansfield on May 10, 1950.
1951 18 Years Old In 1951, she moved to Austin, Texas, with Paul Mansfield, and studied dramatics at the University of Texas at Austin, until her junior year. … Read More
1952 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1952, she moved back to Dallas and for several months was a student of actor Baruch Lumet, who was the father of director Sidney Lumet and founder of the newly founded and now defunct Dallas Institute of Performing Arts. … Read More


1953 - 1954 3 More Events
She posed nude for the February 1955 issue of Playboy, modelling in pajamas raised so that the bottoms of her breasts showed. … Read More
1956 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Mary was Mickey's first wife, divorced on September 6, 1956, and Tina his nine-year-old first child. … Read More
…  It enjoyed moderate success at the box office, and Mansfield won a Golden Globe in 1957 for New Star of the Year (beating Carroll Baker and Natalie Wood) for her performance as a "wistful derelict". … Read More
…  In 1958, Fox gave Mansfield the lead role as Kate opposite Kenneth More in the western spoof The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw. … Read More
1959 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Despite her publicity and popularity, Mansfield had no quality film roles after 1959. … Read More
1960 27 Years Old 1 More Event
When Mansfield returned to Hollywood in mid-1960, 20th Century-Fox cast her in It Happened in Athens (1962). … Read More
1961 28 Years Old In 1961, Mansfield signed on for an above-the-title billing minor role in The George Raft Story. … Read More
1962 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1962, she had a well-publicized affair with Enrico Bomba, the Italian producer and production manager of her film Panic Button. … Read More


In 1963, she had another well-publicized relationship with singer Nelson Sardelli, whom she said she planned to marry when her divorce from Mickey Hargitay was finalized.
In 1964, she performed in stage productions of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes at Carousel Theater and Bus Stop at Yonker Playhouse. … Read More
1965 - 1966 3 More Events
…  In 1967, Mansfield was killed in a car accident at the age of 34, along with two others.
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