Young Jayne Mansfield: A Pinup, A Starlet, A Mother -- And A Tragedy

By | January 10, 2018

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Left: Jayne Mansfield circa 1956. Source: (Getty/Bettmann). Right: Mansfield on the poster for The Girl Can't Help It, 1956. Source: (

Beautiful blonde actress Jayne Mansfield was a sex symbol and a mother and was seen as the "next" Marilyn Monroe. She was known for her risque performances and was the first major American actress to have a nude scene. Mansfield was not only a film and television actress but also performed as a singer on the nightclub circuit.

Mansfield was well recognized as a major sex symbol in Hollywood during the 1950s and early 1960s. She was a very public figure (in more ways than one) and didn’t mind the attention she received as a result of her looks. Playboy magazine was only too happy to feature Mansfield in one of its earlier issues. Mansfield's famous and ground-breaking nude scene came in the 1963 film Promises! Promises!, and only intensified her notoriety and appeal.

Jayne Mansfield Commanded Attention

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Mansfield had a nose for publicity and even pioneered what we now call a wardrobe malfunction. It was no wonder she enjoyed the notoriety that she did. Unfortunately, demand for her “type” in Hollywood had declined by the early 1960s. Nevertheless, Mansfield continued in the public spotlight performing in nightclubs and abroad.