Jayne Mansfield was a prolific film, theater, and TV actress who was an icon of the 1950’s and early 60’s Hollywood scene. From her well publicized “wardrobe malfunctions” to her very open personal life, Jayne was happy to let the public into her life. This is her incredible story.
Born Vera Jayne Palmer in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, on April 19th, 1933, she was the only child of parents Herbert William Palmer and Vera Jeffrey Palmer. Little did her parents know that their only daughter would go on to become a famous Hollywood starlet.
When she was just 3 years old, Jayne’s father died of a heart attack. Three years later, her mother married a sales engineer, and the three moved to Dallas, Texas. As a child, Jayne looked up to Hollywood stars like Shirley Temple, which led her to take ballroom dance lessons.
An Early Taste Of Fame
When Jayne was just 13 years old, she took a trip to Hollywood with her mother, where the two dined at the Hollywood Brown Derby, a famous eatery. There they spotted a famous national radio star, and they asked him for his autograph. After the encounter, Jayne told her mother that one day people would be asking for her autograph.