Wishing all my blog readers a very Merry Christmas. Below are some photos from Bob Hopes Christmas tour. Enjoy ♡
This clip featuring Jayne and Bob Hope (on a USO tour) is just adorable and I love it when she sings “I got a crush on you”! Enjoy!
If you know me well you also know how I love to go to thrift shops. I have made a lot of really good bargains, one of my best was a 60s Emilio Pucci dress for 75 sek worth a few hundred $ at least. I have however never stumbled upon a Jayne Mansfield collectible, well except a pretty cool book cover like 10 years ago, but nothing like the below story:
It looked like someone’s framed memento of a memorable night out, perhaps featuring a well-known entertainer (someone had gone to the trouble to frame it, after all).Then the handwritten inscription (“To Joe—You’re a doll—Jayne”, first name only), and the second name’s relatively uncommon spelling (with a “y”)—along with the photo of a good-looking and unusually well-endowed blond—put themselves together in my brain and I realized I was holding a souvenir photo/card signed by the legendary actor-singer–sex kitten Jayne Mansfield.Attached to the back was an envelope containing what everyone who looks for just such rare discoveries dreams of finding: provenance. Inside was a personal affidavit signed and dated by the guy who bought the autographed card and photo from the original owner and who sold it to a collectibles dealer who went out of business and got rid of his inventory—to the shop owner who was now looking over my shoulder at what I was holding.”This is Jayne Mansfield!” I blurted out like an idiot (there was no price tag on the frame—yet). “Oh, yeah….?” he said.But I am a regular customer, and he’s a good guy. He let me have it for little more than what two hungry people would pay for a couple of pulled-pork pancake breakfasts across the street at the Red Wagon diner.
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You may remember a previous post I made this fall about Jayne’s visit to Canada. Here’s some more info on the same story:
These Nov. 1, 1966 photos show Jayne Mansfield at the Musqueam Reserve as she becomes a First Nations Princess. She followed that up with an appearance at the Cave.The story, under the headline “Instead of Jayne, Confusion Reigns”: Jayne Mansfield had one of those days – she cut her thumb. But that was only the beginning. Before the episode was over, two doctors attended, the Georgia Hotel lost 10 blankets, and 100 irate Natives waited up to five hours to make Jayne a Musqueam princess.The actress was to appear at the Musqueam reserve community hall at 6 p.m. to become the first white person to be initiated into the band, and the subject of the last performance of a centuries-old naming ritualBy 7 p.m., Jayne had not arrived; she and six others were still wandering around the Georgia Hotel trying to find 10 blankets — Jayne’s contribution to the ritual. Her lawyer, Sam Brody, finally took the requisite blankets from their rooms and crept out the back door with them in a suitcase. They ended up in a rented Bentley that broke down.At 8:45, Jayne was helped into the community hall, wearing a white suit and cape, carrying a stuffed dog and a large dahlia in one hand and nursing the injured other“I cut my thumb reaching into my makeup case yesterday,” she breathed.Musqueam chief Willard Sparrow and the dancers put their costumes back on, people filtered back into the hall and Jayne’s PR man, Barrie Bailey, went searching for a bottle of cognac.Brody began telephoning doctors, Jayne tried some of the cognac and disappeared into the washroom.People clamored up and down the corridor between the washroom, meeting room and main hall.Said Brody, “Jayne would like to have the ceremony tomorrow night. Same time, same place.”Sparrow, peering anxiously at his angry people, said: “It’s over. Not later tonight nor tomorrow”Then, Dr. J.J. Lederman arrived and gave Jayne a shot of B12 and said she could go ahead with the ritual if she insisted.Meanwhile Brody was on the telephone pacifying Cave supper club owner Ken Stauffer, who had expected Jayne at 10:15 for the evening’s first show.”I never miss a show,” said Jayne, pouting intently at their thumbSparrow and Clarence Charles danced around her, cleansing her soul by swinging ritual cedar boughs. “Oooh I feel like a princess,” breathed Princess Inamet Quassin, as a Cave bouncer lead her out at 11:15 to catch her 10:15 show.
You can buy prints of the photos by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s some info on the tribe:
Jayne is mentioned briefly in Daily mail 🙂
The lovely Jayne Mansfield likely made Santa’s nice list, though, after she showed up to a USO event at an American military base in Newfoundland, Canada, and danced with a few of the lucky soldiers stationed there.
Jayne and sailors in Victoria, 1966.( I was there in 2008. Wonderful town!)
I just stumbled upon some great photos and article about Jayne’s last visit to Vancouver, Canada.
“Countless Hollywood stars have visited Vancouver over the years, but few have stirred as much excitement as Jayne Mansfield.
The Hollywood star was booked into The Cave nightclub in late October, 1966, and by the time she left Nov. 6 she had inspired a week’s worth of newspaper headlines.”
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