Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hogs No Longer With Us But Not Forgotten

Jayne Mansfield

Playboy Playmate of the Month February 1955. She was named the second (out of 100) top Playboy Playmates of all time according to Playboy magazine. Turned down the role of Ginger Grant on Gilligan's Island (1964), which went to Tina LouiseSpoke five languages. Was a classically trained pianist and violinist. Was arrested for indecent exposure during her nightclub act in Burlington, Vermont in 1963. Claimed to have an I.Q. of 163, though she did not have exceptional grades in school. Her goal, as quoted in the book, "Jayne Mansfield and the American Fifties": "To feel satisfied with myself; to know that I have arrived. To be liked. To be a big personality. The real stars are not actors or actresses. They're personalities. The quality of making everyone stop in their tracks is what I work at.". 

The late model Buick that Jayne was killed in was locked in a garage for decades, in the same shape it was in after the crash. The owner, who was a huge fan, displayed it at various shows over the years, and it was sometimes billed as Jayne Mansfield's death car. The car was sold at auction in 1999 for $8000. Reportedly, the car still has the blood stains on the seats. She had a serious drinking problem most of her adult life. Was the first American actress to appear nude in a mainstream American film (Promises..... Promises! (1963).
Video Tribute courtesy PTA Blues

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