Born Vera Jane Palmer in 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Jayne Mansfield first made headlines with a nude pictorial in Playboy, in 1955. A collaboration that, alongside her notable success in Broadway with Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter, helped launch the career of the blonde bombshell chosen to replace Marilyn Monroe at the 20th Century Fox.
Referred to as ‘the poor man’s Marilyn’, Jayne Mansfield attempted to distance herself from the ‘dumb blonde’ image that she knew she was being identified with and she made a bold move by accepting a role in The Wayward Bus, in 1957 that earned her a Golden Globe for New Star.
Although Jayne Mansfield was an intelligent woman, said to have an IQ of 163, Jayne Mansfield never managed to overcome the caricatured blonde bombshell image she was given and that she highly nourished. Hollywood’s ‘smartest dumb blonde’ knew the public was ‘more interested in 40-21-35.’
Jayne Mansfield became a nightclub star with striptease revues before tragically dying in a terrible car accident in 1967.
Take a look at these glamorous photos to see the beauty of Jayne Mansfield in red from the 1950s and 1960s.