Jayne Mansfield photograph featured in new photography book: The Way We Were – The Photography of Julian Wasser



The Sunset Strip, 1964: Julian Wasser, a young photographer on assignment for Life magazine, brings Zubin Mehta, the director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, to the Whisky à Go-Go, a brand-new nightclub. “I thought he’d get a kick out of it,” Wasser said recently, flipping through a box of old prints in his apartment in West L.A. “He hated it: ‘Ach, my ears.’ ” Wasser, on the other hand, was the proverbial pig in mud. Everywhere he looked there were stars, unguarded and un-self-conscious, enjoying a golden moment in a golden town. Wasser snapped a picture of the actress Jayne Mansfield in a tight spaghetti-strap dress doing the Jerk with a civilian in a blazer. “His father was a billionaire who owned cemeteries in Florida,” Wasser confided. The photograph is featured in The Way We Were: The Photography of Julian Wasser (Damiani), a collection of Wasser’s Hollywood candids, which just came out. Three years after the picture was taken, Mansfield was killed in a car accident in Louisiana. Wasser still sees the cemetery heir in the lobbies of five-star Paris hotels during Fashion Week.

Jayne dancing at Whiskey a Go Go in 1964 by Julian Wasser / Life Magazine

Jayne dancing at Whiskey a Go Go in 1964 by Julian Wasser / Life Magazine

Read more:

Julian Wasser stood witness to 50 years of Hollywood—lucky for us, he brought his camera.

New book: B-Movie Bombshells Paper Dolls by Gregg Nystrom

The very talented Gregg Nystrom is finally releasing yet another paper doll book. This time Jayne is finally in it. Yay!



“From Zsa Zsa Gabor in Queen of Outer Space to Jayne Mansfield in The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw, this paper doll collection presents a bevy of shapely starlets of the 1950s. Sixteen dolls, each with an authentic costume from her featured B-movie, include Anita Ekberg, Janet Leigh, Mamie Van Doren, and other bombshell beauties.”

Release date: May 21, 2014
Pre-order your copy here!: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/0486496287

Warning about new Jayne book


“The Jayne Mansfield Handbook – Everything you need to know about Jayne Mansfield” by Emily Smith

So there is a new Jayne book out, but I just want to make you fans aware of the fact that its yet another one of those Wikipedia books. You might want to buy another book instead, like Richard Kopers “Affectionally, Jayne Mansfield”, the latest real book with original content.

Mamie van Doren on Jayne Mansfield and Marilyn Monroe (Book: “Playing the field”)


The lovely and intelligent Mamie Van Doren has re-released her entertaining autobiography “Playing the field”. For you that haven’t read it before I highly recommend it. She also mentions Jayne a few times in it. If you live in USA keep your eyes open in the papers and you might get a chance to go to a booksigning and meet her in person. Mamie has done two already that I am aware of.


Mamie Van Doren, her husband Ray Anthony and Mickey Hargitay and Jayne Mansfield

The other day Mamie was interviewed for The Desert Sun and she had this to say about Jayne and Marilyn:

You’re often mentioned as a part of the trilogy, in the company of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Did you know either of them?

I knew both of them quite well. Marilyn and I had the same acting coach for awhile. I did a movie with Jayne Mansfield. Her daughter, Mariska Hargitay, has called me and kind of wanted to know about her mother. That was very touching. We were friends. Everybody tried to say that we didn’t like each other. That wasn’t the case at all. There was room for everybody in the business.

Read full interview here:

Mamie Van Doren gives shout-out to Palm Springs gays, reprises memoir

New paperdoll book with Jayne Mansfield in the making

Talented Gregg Nystrom is working on his second paper doll book and he told me its tentatively titled “B-Movie Bombshells”. Jayne will be included in this book along with other 50s beauties like Anita Ekberg, Rhonda Fleming, Mamie Van Doren, Diana Dors, etc. His drawings will be finished in August, but he doesn’t have a publishing date yet. Will keep you posted on the release date!


Gregg's Jayne: just divoon ♡

Get Jaynes look!

New book: Sweater Girls: 20 Patterns for Starlet Sweaters, Retro Wraps, and Glamour Knits by Madeline Weston & Rita Taylor


Here are 20 patterns for a wardrobe of gorgeous knitwear based on the original styles worn by such starlets as Jayne Mansfield, Bette Davis, and Greta Garbo, and by fashionable leading ladies from Wallis Simpson to Grace Kelly. This collection of must-have garments and accessories offers beautiful, classic patterns for knitting sweaters, cardigans and twinsets, plus sleek wraps and stoles that never go out of style. The patterns have been updated and adapted for use with modern yarns in wool, cotton, silk, and other blends.


Jayne Mansfield paper doll book

Here’s a sneak peak of an upcoming paper doll book by David Wolfe. Looks really good!!!


Read an interesting article by Wolfe here:


New book: Fifty Fashion Looks that Changed the 1950s

I’m happy to tell you that Jaynie is included in a new fashion book that comes out Oct 1. One of three fabulous new titles in the successful Design Museum FIFTY series by fashion guru Paula Reed.

This beautiful reference work showcases 50 iconic outfits from one of fashion’s most influential and exciting decades. From the bombshell glamour of Marilyn Monroe in ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’ to the immergence of teenage style, via the sculptural forms of Christian Dior’s New Look and Balenciaga’s double A-Line, it celebrates all of the important looks that revolutionised modern fashion. With Paula Reed’s lively and informative text and a wealth of fabulous photography, it is vital reading for design students, collectors of vintage, and everyone who truly loves fashion.


The Design Museum’s mission is to celebrate, entertain and inform. It is the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to fashion, and architecture to graphics. It is working to place design at the centre of contemporary culture and demonstrates both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.

Paula Reed is the style director at GRAZIA, the bestselling fashion weekly. She is a former columnist for the US edition of INSTYLE magazine and her career has included fashion or style director positions at several magazines and newspapers.


Received my copy of “Affectionally, Jayne Mansfield” today and I can highly recommend it! Read the first chapter while my baby was napping next to me, hi hi. I haven’t been reading a book for ages now. So nice with an author that seem to really like his subject. And its a big plus that he can really write and that its not filled with errors as some of the other books on Jaynie.

The book is now available for worldwide shipping through Amazon and some other online stores.

New book: Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield

The author of Fifties blondes, Richard Koper, has written a new book!

Press release for Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield

This is what the editor of the book had to say after she read Kopers manuscript:

“The book itself is chock full of winning information on an icon who has been the subject of books before … but this one gets the job done in such a sweet, honest and straightforward way – no fluff, lots of facts, and opinions to a minimum (I was most worried about this being a love fest, instead of a book – it passed my expectations, big time). It’s simply written – as the author’s name is noticeably absent from the manuscript, I don’t know the gender of the author, but assume, for some reason, that it’s a man – and regardless of the gender, this is a fan. I am delighted that this lovely actress who, I always felt, got short shrift as a sex goddess (which she was) at the expense of her accessibility as an actress, a really nice person and a welcomer/embracer of her fans (which she was). This was very well done! The book captured her essence without grabbing hold of the obvious…Bravo!”

So I can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Sounds most promising! Only downside is the publisher only ships to USA right now, so I have to have my boyfriends mom bring me a copy when she comes and visits us in August.

Get it now: http://www.bearmanormedia.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=515

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