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Also Known As: Vera Jane Palmer Died: June 29, 1967
Born: April 19, 1933 Cause of Death: car accident
Birth Place: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, artist's model, movie usherette

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Possessed by an unquenchable thirst for fame and blessed with a voluptuous figure, actress Jayne Mansfield was one of more successful heirs to the throne of Marilyn Monroe, although a dearth of quality roles would quickly remove her from the A-list, and a tragic early death would end her brief career all too soon. A canny media manipulator, Mansfield first made headlines with a nude pictorial in Playboy and a highly publicized run on Broadway in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" in 1955. Early hit films such as "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) and the film version of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957), combined with relentless - and revealing - publicity stunts by a shameless Mansfield made her a household name and bona fide movie star. The meteoric rise ended as fast as it had begun, however, with the failure of her next film "Kiss Them for Me" (1957) and 20th Century Fox's subsequent lack of effort to find Mansfield suitable material. As her stardom fizzled, she engaged in a series of stormy, ill-fated relationships and marriages, most notably to bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, with who she had three children, including future actress Mariska Hargitay. Following nearly a decade of appearing in...

Possessed by an unquenchable thirst for fame and blessed with a voluptuous figure, actress Jayne Mansfield was one of more successful heirs to the throne of Marilyn Monroe, although a dearth of quality roles would quickly remove her from the A-list, and a tragic early death would end her brief career all too soon. A canny media manipulator, Mansfield first made headlines with a nude pictorial in Playboy and a highly publicized run on Broadway in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" in 1955. Early hit films such as "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) and the film version of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957), combined with relentless - and revealing - publicity stunts by a shameless Mansfield made her a household name and bona fide movie star. The meteoric rise ended as fast as it had begun, however, with the failure of her next film "Kiss Them for Me" (1957) and 20th Century Fox's subsequent lack of effort to find Mansfield suitable material. As her stardom fizzled, she engaged in a series of stormy, ill-fated relationships and marriages, most notably to bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay, with who she had three children, including future actress Mariska Hargitay. Following nearly a decade of appearing in low-budget films the actress was killed in a horrendous car accident in Louisiana at the age of 34. Although referred to by some as "the poor man's Marilyn," the actress would be better remembered for her unabashed spirit and vivaciousness, and mourned for the future opportunities, both professional and personal, denied her by such an early demise.

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Single Room Furnished (1968) Johnnie/Mae/Eilene
4.
 Spree (1967)
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6.
 Primitive Love (1966) Jayne
7.
 Dog Eat Dog (1966) Darlene
8.
 The Fat Spy (1966) Junior
9.
 Panic Button (1964) Angela
10.
 Promises! Promises! (1963) Sandy Brooks
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1950:
Worked as a candy vendor when first arrived in Hollywood (date approximate)
:
Appeared in small part in TV play
1955:
Broadway debut, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"
1956:
Film debut, "Female Jungle" (bit part)
1956:
Achieved star status in "The Girl Can't Help It"
1959:
Went to England to appear in "The Challenge"
1967:
Acted in last film, "Single Room Furnished" (released 1968)
1968:
Appeared in "documentary", "The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield"
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Education

Highland Park High School: Dallas , Texas -
University of Texas at Austin: Austin , Texas -
Southern Methodist University: Dallas , Texas -
Southern Methodist University: Dallas , Texas -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

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husband:
Paul Mansfield. Married in 1950; divorced in 1958; classmate at college.
husband:
Mickey Hargitay. Actor, former Mr. Universe. Married on January 13, 1958; divorced in January 1964.
husband:
Matt Cimber. Director. Married in September 1964; separated in July 1966.
companion:
Sam Brody. Lawyer. Engaged at the time of their deaths in 1967.
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father:
Herbert Palmer. Lawyer. Died when Mansfield was six.
mother:
Vera Palmer. Kindergarten teacher.
daughter:
Jayne Marie Mansfield. Born November 8, 1950; put in protective custody of juvenile authorities when she reported being mistreated at home to police, two weeks before mother's death.
son:
Miklos J Hargiatay Jr. Born on December 21, 1958.
son:
Zoltan A Hargitay. Born on August 1, 1960; mauled by a lion as Mansfield posed for photos in a California animal compound in 1966.
daughter:
Mariska Hargitay. Actor. Born on January 23, 1964; Miss Beverly Hills (1982).
son:
Octabiano Cimber. Born c. 1965.
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