Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer in 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Mansfield was her first husband's last name.
Mansfield moved to Dallas as a child and graduated from Highland Parl High School in 1950. She attended SMU and UT for a while. She took acting classes from Baruch Lumet, father of director, Stanley Lumet. She moved to Los Angeles in 1954.
Although she was intelligent (she had an IQ of 163 and a B average at SMU) she was known for her wardrobe malfunctions and outrageous publicity. She is known for being a prototype of the "dumb blonde" along with Marilyn Monroe.
She is the mother of actress, Mariska Hargitay.
She did die in a car accident in Louisiana in 1967 at the age of 34. Although she did suffer head injuries, the story of her decapitation is an urban legend. Her three children asleep in the back seat at the time only suffered mild injuries.
She loved the color pink and was famous for her Pink mansion in LA with its heart-shaped pool. I like to think the yarn she is holding in these photos is pink.
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