An unfortunate auto-accident truncated what could have been a long and successful career. However, in the period she was alive, the world and the entertainment industry got to enjoy Jayne Mansfield’s talent as an actress whose work transversed all three mediums of acting – in film, on TV, and on stage.
In the time she was alive and an active member of Hollywood, there was never a dull moment with her and she was one of the contributors to an ever-lively industry that churned out entertaining stories, both in cinemas and in newspapers.
In this article, we discuss more of Jayne Mansfield, her life, career, and death. Keep reading to learn more.
Jayne Mansfield’s Biography
Jayne Mansfield was born on the 19th of April, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania as Vera Jane Palmer to parents Herbert William Palmer and Vera Jeffrey Palmer. She was an only child and although she had a humble beginning, she lived a life that elevated the status of her family in American history.
Growing up, Jayne Mansfield desired to become a Hollywood star and she worked on her dream right from her high school years at Highland Park High School where she engaged in extracurricular activities such as learning the violin, piano and ballroom dance.
After she completed her high school, she headed over to UCLA for a summer semester before relocating to the University of Texas at Austin where she studied dramatics.
While she at the school, she worked as a nude model and was also a member of the school’s theatre society. Having developed a reputation for her beauty and attractive looks, she got her biggest exposure via Playboy magazine, which featured her as the Playmate of the Month.
It was the biggest media exposure she had at the time, and with the aid of her appearance in Playboy, Jayne Mansfield career got a significant boost and she began to appear in films and TV shows, going on to star in thirty-five movies and TV shows while she was alive, including appearances in The Girl Can’t Help It, which earned her a Golden Globe award.
In addition to her acting career, Jayne Mansfield was also a singer and she recorded a number of soundtracks and released two albums before her death at the age of 34.
Jayne Mansfield’s Spouse And Children
Jayne Mansfield got married three times and was divorced three times, having five children in the process. Outside of her legal marriages, Jayne was also equally involved in several relationships, many of which were flings with men of status.
Her first marriage was with his high school sweetheart, Paul Mansfield, whom she got married to on the 6th of May, 1950. Their marriage lasted five years before they separated in February 1955 and completed their divorce in January 1958.
Her second marriage was with Mickey Hargitay, a fellow actor, and a bodybuilder. The couple got married in January 1958 and were married until May 1963 when they completed their divorce.
Her third and last marriage was to Matt Climber, whom she got married to on September 24, 1964. They were married for only a year before they got divorced on July 20, 1966, after separating in July 1965.
Over the course of her marriages, 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, named 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 rivaled another famed personality, Marilyn Monroe. Her body, which was one of the leading contributors to this status, was at a height of 5 feet 6 inches with a weight of 58 kg.
Her body measurement, which defined her curves was measured to be 40, 21 and 36 inches, for her bust, waist and hip sizes respectively.
A trip to New Orleans in 1967 became the unfortunate end of Jayne Mansfield. She, her lawyer, the driver and three of her children departed Biloxi, Mississippi for New Orleans where she was scheduled to appear in a TV show. The unfortunate auto crash that led to her death was caused when a tractor-trailer slowed down causing Jayne Mansfield’s car, which was driving at high speed, to ram into its rear.
Jayne Mansfield died instantly in the crash and the two other adults in the front seat also died immediately but the children survived. Her funeral was held in Pennsylvania at Pen Argyl on July 3 and she was interred in the Fairview Cemetery.