R.I.P. – 45 years ago today…

In the early morning of June 29th, 1967 the pink dream was over. Jaynie died in a horrific car accident along with her lover and lawyer Sam Brody and their driver, Ronnie Harrison . Her three children (Miklós, Zoltán and Mariska) in the backseat luckily survived.

On the evening of June 28th, Jayne had a show in Biloxi Mississippi, in a club called the Gus Stevens Supper Club.  Mansfield stayed at the Cabana Courtyard Apartments near the club. Jayne was performing twice a night, at 9 and 11pm. ‘ After the show Jayne, Brody, Harrison and her three children left for New Orleans, where Mansfield was scheduled to appear for an early-morning television interview. On June 29 at approximately 2:25 a.m., on U.S. Highway 90, east of the Rigolets Bridge, the car crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer which had slowed for a truck which was spraying mosquito fogger. The automobile struck the rear of the trailer and went under it. The three adults in the front seat were killed instantly; the children, in the rear, survived with minor injuries.

Allegations that Mansfield was decapitated are untrue, although she suffered severe head trauma. The urban legend was spawned by the appearance in police photographs of a crashed automobile with its top virtually sheared off, and what resembled a blonde-haired head tangled in the car’s smashed windshield. However, this was probably either a wig Mansfield was wearing or her actual hair and scalp. After her death, the NHTSA began requiring an underride guard (a strong bar made of steel tubing) on all tractor-trailers. This bar is known as a Mansfield bar, or an ICC bar.

You are sadly missed Jaynie! Instead of posting pictures from the tragic accident, here is a photo of Jayne in all her beauty!

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