Jayne Mansfield, on Buffalo: ‘My favorite place of all’

Found this lovely gem about Jayne’s visit to Buffalo in July 1964. Full article below:

“My FAVorite place of all because I fell comPLETEly in love with Buffalo last year. I LOVE it. It’s a WONderful place.”



Found here:

July 14, 1964: Jayne Mansfield: ‘I fell comPLETEly in love with Buffalo’

Orson Bean never met a leading lady quite like Jayne Mansfield

Jayne and Orson on stage performing in the play "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?"

Jayne and Orson on stage performing in the play “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?”

Orson Bean never met a leading lady quite like Jayne Mansfield.

The voluptuous blond sex symbol was the toast of Broadway in the comedy “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” in 1955 and 1956.

Jayne with Walther Matthau

Jayne with Walther Matthau

“It was interesting,” recalled Bean, breaking into a wide grin remembering “Rock Hunter,” which also featured Walter Matthau and Martin Gabel, who were not happy that newcomer Mansfield was getting the lion’s share of attention for the comedy.

“She liked me,” Bean said. “She would hear me going by her dressing room and she’d said ‘Orsie.'”

Bean would walk into the dressing room where, invariably, she would be sitting stark naked, “completely guileless, no flirtation, just putting on makeup,” he recalled. “She’d say to me, ‘Who is out front tonight?’ because if there was a famous person, she’d do a good performance.”

Bean would peek through the curtain, and if no celebrity was there, he would make one up.

“I’d say ‘Marlon Brando,’ and I knew she’d be good,” Bean said. “It was a funny experience for a year.”

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Orson Bean, a sage on the Geffen stage

The Rabbit habit script for sale



Unsigned script for the play The Rabbit Habit, which starred Mansfield. This 1965 play was one of her last stage performances and opened less than two years before she died.Script unsigned. 143 singled-sided pages, 8½x10¾, bound in 8¾x11¼ blank green cardboard covers. Copy of The Rabbit Habit by Rex Carlton. This three-act play was one of Mansfield’s last stage performances, and it opened less than two years before she died. It opened in Denver, Colorado on December 1, 1965 – after the birth of her fifth child and a year before her divorce from her third husband Matt Cimber in 1966 – and was directed by Cimber. According to the cast page, Mansfield was supposed to play Miko Marlowe; however, the name “Miko” has been crossed out and replaced with “Jill” by an unknown hand in blue ink on the cast page.


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