On this date: Blast from the past – The Jayne Mansfield Twist Party

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“That whole atmosphere in the ’50s was very exploitative toward women regarding the big-bust-little-brain situation, and Jayne took that and exploited that,” says Jean Howard, co-founder of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the Chicago Psychotronic Film Society, which will sponsor a mondo Jayne Mansfield Twist Party at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Club Berlin, 954 W. Belmont (348-4975).

Chicago Sun-Times
March 14, 1986

Did any of my readers attend this? If so please write a comment below 🙂

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Jayne as Betty Grable

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Betty Grable and George Raft in the 40s.

In the biopic The George Raft Story (1961), Betty Grable was portrayed by Jayne Mansfield, however, due to the fact that Grable wasn’t public domain, her character was given the alias “Lisa Lang”.

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People that has been influenced by Jayne’s public persona

There are quite a few celebrities and models that has been influenced by Jayne Mansfield over the years. Here is a small selection in no particular order.

1. Doris MayDay

Pin up model for companies such as Bettie Page Cothing and Pinup Girl Clothing. Also known from TLC:s TV-show “My crazy obsession”.

“I don’t like my generation. I don’t like their music, I don’t like the way they treat people and I don’t like the way they dress.”

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2. Moonlyn

Musican and model Moonlyn has clearly been inspired by some of Jayne’s photo shoots.

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3. Ricky Renee

Female impersonator Ricky Renee imitates Jayne regularly.

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4. Madonna

Its no secret that Madonna has been influenced by several vintage stars through the years. And as you can see for yourselves she has done a few Jayne hommages. A few years ago it was also rumoured she was working on a movie about Jayne but sadly nothing came out of it.

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5. Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith’s career took off when Guess hired a young Anna Nicole to emulate Jayne in their now classic ad campaign from early 90s. Although being compared to Marilyn Monroe a lot, to me she has more similarities with Jayne.

“I just feel a connection with Marilyn Monroe. I just love her. I just completely feel what she went through.”

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6. Amber Heard

Actress and model Amber Heard (and Johnny Depp’s girlfriend) bears a resemblence with Jayne in some photos.

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7. Kate Upton

Model Kate Upton has been getting a Jayne make-over for the latest edition of Vanity Fair. The first photo below is however an older photo.
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8. Divine

Divine was “Jayne Mansfield and Godzilla put together to scare hippies.” – John Waters

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9. Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton has more than the love of chihuahuas in common with Jayne.

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10. Reese Witherspoon

The character Elle Fanning (played by Reese) in Legally blonde 1 & 2 is clearly influenced by Jayne in several ways.

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Movies with a Jayne Mansfield connection part 3

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Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)
Director: Billy Wilder 
Cast: Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston and Felicia Farr
Music: Ira & George Gershwin

In 1963 Jayne Mansfield was chosen over many other actresses to replace the recently deceased Marilyn Monroe in “Kiss Me, Stupid”, a romantic comedy co-starring Dean Martin. She turned down the role due to her pregnancy with Mariska, and was replaced by Kim Novak.

Billy Wilder’s once-controversial farce stars Dean Martin as a Las Vegas crooner who is detoured to a small Nevada town where he meets two amateur songwriters (Cliff Osmond and Ray Walston), who’ll do just about anything to get their songs sold, from sabotaging Martin’s car to hiring a local hooker to seduce him.

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Movies with a Jayne Mansfield connection part 2

“Dondi”

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Featuring a Jayne Mansfield water bottle!

Directed by Albert Zugsmith, and written by Gus Edson and Irwin Hasen, “Dondi” is a Comedy film, released on March 26 of 1961 in the USA , starring David Janssen, Patti Page, Walter Winchell, Mickey Shaughnessy, Robert Strauss and Arnold Stang. The movie (and especially Kory’s performance) were negatively received by critics. Kory had one minor TV role in 1963 and never made another movie. Dondi is included in the book “The Fifty Worst Films of All Time (and how they got that way)” by Harry Medved and Randy Lowell.

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Movies with a Jayne Mansfield connection part 1

I decided to add a new movie trivia section to my blog. Hope you will like it! First one out is this:

Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! 

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Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys! is a 1958 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Max Shulman, directed by Leo McCarey, starring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and released by 20th Century Fox. The title comes from a line in the song “Battle Cry of Freedom”.

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 “There was a comedy called Rally ‘Round the Flag Boys that the studio wanted Jayne Mansfield for, but Paul (Paul Newman) and his wife, Joanne Woodward, wanted me and the studio said ‘no no no, you have to have Jayne because blondes are funny, brunettes are not funny’, but they insisted and I got the role. Anyway, we had a drunk scene where we didn’t get drunk but we had to laugh hysterically all day long and finally the director, Leo McCarey, said ‘stop all this laughing rubbish, kids, we are trying to make a comedy here for goodness sake’.”
Joan Collins

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Did you know?

In 1968, Hollywood Publicists Guild declared a “Jayne Mansfield Award” would be given to the actress who received the maximum exposure and publicity in a year. Raquel Welch was the first winner of the award in 1969.

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Raquel Welch, One Million Years B.C.,1966

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