Screening of “The Girl Can’t Help It” in Florida


German poster for 'The Girl Can't Help It'.

Fabulous Film Finds: “The Girl Can’t Help It,” a comedy with Jayne Mansfield and Tom Ewell. 3 p.m. Nov. 7. North IRC Library, 1001 C.R. 512, Sebastian. 772-589-1355.

Katherine, meet Jayne

Stumbled upon this cute comic on how a meeting between Katherine Mansfield and Jayne Mansfield could have been. They both died tragically at the age of 34.

Katherine Mansfield Beauchamp (1888–1923) was a New Zealand poet and short story writer who began publishing work at the age of ten, although her original intent was to be a cellist rather than a writer. Born into a well-to-do family, an annual stipend from her father kept Katherine from ever having to work; she lived and traveled around Europe, writing and befriending fellow writers such as D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. While her personal life was tumultuous, her literary achievements were stellar;

Katherine is today considered New Zealand’s most famous author and one of the most significant influences on twentieth century short story writers. She published three books before her death from tuberculosis at the age of 34; two additional books were published posthumously.


Rain and wind, and wind and rain. Will the Summer come again? Rain on houses, on the street, Wettining all the people’s feet, Though they run with might and main. Rain and wind, and wind and rain. Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow. Will the Winter never go? What do beggar children do With no fire to cuddle to, P’raps with nowhere warm to go? Snow and sleet, and sleet and snow. Hail and ice, and ice and hail, Water frozen in the pail. See the robins, brown and red, They are waiting to be fed. Poor dears, battling in the gale! Hail and ice, and ice and hail.


Today I was interviewed by a woman who kept on asking me about my Jayne Mansfield project. It was a slip of the tongue, but she kept making it. So when we finished up I dashed off this comic. Excuse the very bad handwriting – I intended it for my consumption only but then I thought I may as well share it!


Jayne Mansfield had an insanely turbulent short life – kind of like Mansfield, really, only she divorced and remarried far more easily, and had about 4 children, even though you couldn’t tell judging by the pictures. She sang songs with Jimi Hendrix and she posed nude for Playboy. She was a has-been by the age of 26 due to over-exposure, which is hard to imagine now, when all stars are overexposed.  I wonder if anyone is writing a graphic novel about Jayne…

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