Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 ? June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. Mansfield became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox’s main sex symbol actress, alongside Marilyn Monroe.
Soon after her success in Promises! Promises! (where she went nude) in the latter stages of her career, Mansfield was chosen from many other actresses to replace the recently deceased Marilyn Monroe in Kiss Me, Stupid, a 1964 romantic comedy that would co-star Dean Martin. She turned the role down due to her pregnancy with daughter Mariska Hargitay (born January 23, 1964) – now best known best for her role as Detective Olivia Benson on the television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
She had 5 children during her short life, and here are some beautiful photos of Jayne with her daughter Mariska Hargitay.
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