Actresses of the 50s and 60s

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Diana Dors at 22

In 1931, British on March 23, 2017 at 10:02 pm

Diana Dors: born Mary Fluck, 1931, died of cancer, 1952.

Marisa Allasio

In 1936, Italian on March 16, 2017 at 9:45 am

Marisa Allasio: born 1936, nicknamed ‘The Italian Jayne Mansfield’, stopped acting in 1958 on her marriage to Conte Pierfrancesco Calvi, 7th count of Bèrgolo, grandson of Vittorio Emanuele III, King of Italy, King of Albania and Emperor of Ethiopia.

Jayne Mansfield 1933 – 1967

In 1933, American on February 18, 2017 at 1:05 am

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Jayne Mansfield

In 1933, American on January 16, 2017 at 12:36 pm

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Jayne Mansfield: American violinist, singer and actress, born Vera Jayne Palmer 1933, died 1967 in an automobile accident.

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Jayne Mansfield (1933 – 1967)

In 1933, American on January 12, 2017 at 12:53 pm

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Jayne Mansfield’s Head. Published: May 4, 1997

”Her head was attached as much as mine is,” says Jim Roberts, gently dismissing a longstanding myth about Jayne Mansfield’s grisly demise. The accepted version (now playing in the movie ”Crash”) has it that Mansfield was beheaded when she died in a car accident just outside of New Orleans on June 29, 1967. Roberts says the beheading part is hooey, and he should know — he was her undertaker. ”People always figured wrong about Jayne,” he laments. ”About the way she lived and the way she died.”

These days Roberts, 77, lives in cozy retirement above the New Orleans funeral home where he worked for 41 years. He’s unaware that Mansfield’s death has been reduced, by some, to a pop-culture reference point, but he probably wouldn’t like it. He was a fan, and for years he kept a scrapbook of clips, pictures and old obituaries. ”She was such a fine-looking person,” Roberts says. ”And she couldn’t stand to be away from her children.”

As he also recalls, Mansfield died in a sedan that slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was shrouded in ”fog” from a mosquito-spray truck. The impact drove the car’s engine into the front seat, killing the actress, two adults and a Chihuahua (who rode up front) but sparing Mansfield’s children. Mansfield’s wig was thrown to the side of the road, where it was mistaken in news stories for her head.

Headless or not, Mansfield did not go gently. Her face and body, Roberts allows, were ”as bad as you get in this business,” and he worked all night, valiantly trying to reconstruct her face before her relatives arrived. ”She had a lot of makeup with her,” he remembers, ”and I used it all.”

Natalie Wood and friends

In 1938, American on January 3, 2017 at 11:20 am

Natalie Wood: top left: 13 June 1955, Los Angeles, California – Lance Fuller, Jayne Mansfield (seated in car), John Smith, Natalie Wood and Bob Fuller at a drive-in restaurant. Second row: with Nick Adams for LIFE Magazine, with Jacques Sernas in Warner Brothers Presents ‘The Deadly Riddle’ (TV 1956). Third row: Love With The Proper Stranger (1963), Gypsy (1962), Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969).

Jayne Mansfield yellow swimsuit

In 1933, American on August 29, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Jayne Mansfield yellow swimsuit

Jayne Mansfield was on her way to becoming THE blond bombshell of the 60s, having already achieved a great deal of success as an actress, singer, and even an early Playboy Playmate, and with the tragic passing of Marilyn Monroe, Mansfield was poised to be the new sex symbol of a generation. Sadly, her life, like Marilyn’s, would also end tragically on a highway outside Biloxi, Mississippi, but it would save thousands more… It was June 29th, 1967, and Mansfield was traveling with her lover, Sam Brody, her driver, Ronnie Harrison, and 3 of her 5 children en route to New Orleans after an appearance in Biloxi when a dense fog from an anti-mosquito spray drifted over the highway. The people in the 1966 Buick Electra never saw the semi in front of them. The car rammed into the tractor-trailer and actually ran completely under the trailer. All 3 adults were killed instantly, but miraculously, the children all survived. You may know one of them… Mariska Hargitay aka Olivia Benson on Law & Order SVU. The gruesome crash scene spawned one of the longest running celebrity legends… Rumors still circulate that Mansfield was decapitated, fueled by photos of blond hair tangled in the car’s windshield. All reports, however, point toward Mansfield NOT being decapitated, and her death certificate lists “crushed skull” as the cause of death. The hair was most likely a wig or pieces of hair from her scalp. Jayne Mansfield (and Sam Brody & Ronnie Harrison) did not die in vain. Their death led to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requiring all semi truck trailers to be equipped with a DOT Bar. You know it better by it’s other name: the Mansfield Bar.

Jayne Mansfield leopard skin print bikini

In 1933, American on August 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm

Jayne Mansfield bathers

Jayne Mansfield’s Head. Published: May 4, 1997 ”Her head was attached as much as mine is,” says Jim Roberts, gently dismissing a longstanding myth about Jayne Mansfield’s grisly demise. The accepted version (now playing in the movie ”Crash”) has it that Mansfield was beheaded when she died in a car accident just outside of New Orleans on June 29, 1967. Roberts says the beheading part is hooey, and he should know — he was her undertaker. ”People always figured wrong about Jayne,” he laments. ”About the way she lived and the way she died.” These days Roberts, 77, lives in cozy retirement above the New Orleans funeral home where he worked for 41 years. He’s unaware that Mansfield’s death has been reduced, by some, to a pop-culture reference point, but he probably wouldn’t like it. He was a fan, and for years he kept a scrapbook of clips, pictures and old obituaries. ”She was such a fine-looking person,” Roberts says. ”And she couldn’t stand to be away from her children.” As he also recalls, Mansfield died in a sedan that slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler that was shrouded in ”fog” from a mosquito-spray truck. The impact drove the car’s engine into the front seat, killing the actress, two adults and a Chihuahua (who rode up front) but sparing Mansfield’s children. Mansfield’s wig was thrown to the side of the road, where it was mistaken in news stories for her head. Headless or not, Mansfield did not go gently. Her face and body, Roberts allows, were ”as bad as you get in this business,” and he worked all night, valiantly trying to reconstruct her face before her relatives arrived. ”She had a lot of makeup with her,” he remembers, ”and I used it all.”

Jayne Mansfield exercise

In 1933, American on August 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

Jayne Mansfield exercise

Born Vera Jayne Palmer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Mansfield arrived in Hollywood as a young wife and mother (to daughter Jayne Marie) in 1954, determined to become an actress. From the beginning, she wasn’t afraid to make the most of her assets, particularly her curvaceous figure, flowing platinum blonde hair and dazzling smile. Cast in the Broadway comedy “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?”, she turned heads as a voluptuous, dumb blonde movie star; in one famous scene she appeared in nothing but a white towel. She famously appeared nude in the 1963 comedy “Promises! Promises!”, and stills from the set appeared in Playboy magazine, but her best performance was generally believed to have been in 1957’s “The Wayward Bus,” based on the John Steinbeck novel and costarring Joan Collins. While her screen career amounted to about a dozen less-than-memorable films, off screen she played the movie star role to perfection, and became one of the most visible glamour girls of the era. In 1958, after her first marriage ended in divorce, she married Hargitay, a former Mr. Universe; they divorced in 1963, and Mansfield was married once more, to Matt Climber, in 1964. That marriage also ended in divorce and she was awarded custody of their child, Octabiano. Mariska Hargitay, injured in the accident that killed her mother, later launched her own acting career, most memorably starring in the long-running television drama “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.”

Jayne Mansfield smoking

In 1933, American on August 29, 2016 at 1:11 pm