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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:||Cast ... actor artist's model movie usherette|
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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