Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Jayne Mansfield Biography (1933-1967)
Original name, Vera Jayne Palmer; born April 19, 1933, in Bryn Mawr, PA; diedof injuries from a car accident, June 29, 1967, near New Orleans, LA; daughter of Herbert (an attorney and politician) and Vera (a kindergarten teacher;maiden name, Jeffrey) Palmer; married Paul Mansfield, January 28 (some sources say May 10), 1950 (divorced, January 8, 1958); married Mickey Hargitay (a bodybuilder), January 13, 1958 (divorced, January 24, 1964); married Matt Cimber (a director), September 24, 1964 (separated, July, 1966); children: (firstmarriage) Jayne Marie; (second marriage) Micklos, Zoltan, Mariska (an actress); (third marriage) Antonio Raphael Ottaviano.
Mansfield's life was portrayed in the television movie, The Jayne Mansfield Story, which was aired by CBS in 1980.
- Birth Details
- April 19, 1933
- Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
- Death Details
- June 29, 1967
- near New Orleans
Credits; Film Appearances
- Cigarette girl, Pete Kelly's Blues, Warner Bros., 1955.
- Underwater!, 1955.
- Angel O'Hara, Illegal, Warner Bros., 1955.
- Blonde woman, Hell on Frisco Bay (also known as The Darkest Hour), WarnerBros., 1955.
- Jerri Jordan, The Girl Can't Help It, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1956.
- Candy Price, Female Jungle (also known as The Hangover), American International Pictures, 1956.
- Gladden, The Burglar, Columbia, 1956.
- Rita Marlowe, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (also known as Oh! For a Man!), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
- Alice Kratzner, Kiss Them for Me, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
- Camille, The Wayward Bus, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957.
- Kate, The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1958.
- Midnight Franklin, Too Hot to Handle (also known as Playgirl after Dark),Topaz, 1959.
- Billy, It Takes a Thief (also known as The Challenge), Valiant, 1960.
- Queen Dianira, Hercules versus The Hydra (also known as Hercules and theHydra, The Loves of Hercules, and Gli Amori di Ercole), Contact, 1960.
- Lisa Lang, The George Raft Story (also known as Spin of a Coin), Allied Artists, 1961.
- Eleni Costa, It Happened in Athens, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1962.
- Sandy Brodes, Promises! Promises! (also known as Promise Her Anything), NTD, 1963.
- Heimlich Nach St. Pauli, [West Germany], 1963.
- Angela, Panic Button, Gorton, 1964.
- Darlene, Dog Eat Dog (also known as When Strangers Meet, Einer Frisst DenAnderen, and La Morte Vestita di Dollari), Ajay, 1964.
- Jane, Primitive Love (also known as L'Amore Primitivo), American Film Distributors, 1964.
- The Las Vegas Hillbillies (also known as Country Music, U.S.A.), Warner Bros., 1966.
- Junior, The Fat Spy, Magna, 1966.
- Spree (documentary; also known as Here's Las Vegas and Las Vegas by Night), Trans America, 1967.
- Actress in archival footage, Mondo Hollywood (documentary), Omega-CyranoProductions, 1967.
- Actress in archival footage, The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield (documentary), Something Weird Video, 1968.
- Johnnie/Mae/Eilene, Single Room Furnished, Crown, 1968.
Credits; Film Work
- Technical adviser, A Guide for the Married Man, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1967.
Credits; Television Appearances; Episodic
- "An Angel Went A.W.O.L.," Lux Video Theatre, NBC, 1954.
- Person to Person, CBS, 1956.
- "The Jack Benny Show," Shower of Stars, CBS, 1957.
- Person to Person, CBS, 1960.
- "The House on the Rue Riviera," Kraft Mystery Theater, NBC, 1961.
- "The Dumbest Blonde," Follow the Sun, ABC, 1962.
- Marion, "Hangover," The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, 1963.
- "Jack Takes a Boat from Hawaii," The Jack Benny Program, CBS, 1963.
- Herself, "Who Killed Molly?," Burke's Law, ABC, 1964.
- "Jayne's Exercise Program," Guest Shot, syndicated, 1964.
Credits; Television Appearances; Series
- Regular panelist, Down You Go, ABC and NBC, 1956.
- Regular, "It Pays to Be Ignorant," Jackie Gleason and His American SceneMagazine, CBS, 1962-63.
Credits; Television Appearances; Specials
- The Bachelor, NBC, 1956.
- Holiday in Las Vegas, NBC, 1957.
- The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1958.
- The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1960.
- The Arthur Murray Party for Bob Hope, NBC, 1960.
- The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1961.
- Actress in archival footage, Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Women I Love--Beautiful but Funny, NBC, 1982.
Credits; Television Appearances; Pilots
- The Jayne Mansfield Show, 1965.
Credits; Stage Appearances
- Ten Nights in a Barroom, Austin, TX, 1951.
- Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, Broadway production, 1955.