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 she was known as Vera Jayne Peers.


As a child she wanted to be a Hollywood star like Shirley Temple, as did many other young girls of her time. She graduated from Highland Park High School in 1950. … 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, father of director Sidney Lumet and founder of Dallas Institute of Performing Arts. … Read More


1953 20 Years Old After Paul Mansfield left for military service, Mansfield first appeared on stage in a production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman on October 22, 1953, with the players of the Knox Street Theater, headed by Lumet. … Read More
They moved to Los Angeles in 1954, where Mansfield studied Theater Arts at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) during the summer, and returned to Texas to spend the fall quarter at Southern Methodist University.
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
1958 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1958, an orchestra was recorded for the 31st Academy Awards ceremony with Jack Benny on first violin, Jayne Mansfield on violin, Dick Powell on trumpet, Robert Mitchum on woodwind, Fred Astaire on drums and Jerry Lewis as conductor; however, the performance was canceled. … Read More
…  When the film was released in the United States in 1959, it was Mansfield's last mainstream film success. … 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.
Soon after her success in Promises! Promises! Mansfield was chosen from many other actresses to replace the recently deceased Marilyn Monroe in Kiss Me, Stupid, a 1964 romantic comedy that would co-star Dean Martin. … Read More
1965 - 1966 3 More Events
…  In 1967, Mansfield was killed in a car crash at the age of 34, along with two others.
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