Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; 1933 – 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre,
and television, 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 . Mansfield was 20th Century Fox's
alternative to Marilyn Monroe and came to be known as the Working Man's Monroe . She was also
known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions.
Jane Mansfield became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading
celebrity in 1957. She was one of Hollywood's original blonde bombshells, and although many people
have never seen her movies, Mansfield remains one of the most recognizable icons of 1950s celebrity
culture. With the decrease of the demand for big-breasted blonde bombshells and the increase in the
negative backlash against her over-publicity, she became a box-office has-been by the early 1960s.