Jayne Mansfield’s Death: People think that Jayne Mansfield died when she lost her head in a fatal car accident in June 1967, but that’s not true. The truth is even grosser and sadder.
Like her rival Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield died at a young age, which sparked a lot of rumours.
Jane Mansfield and three of her children, including actress Mariska Hargitay, were in a car that crashed into the back of a semi-truck at 2 a.m.
on June 29, 1967, on a dark Louisiana highway. The crash tore the top off of Mansfield’s car, killing the three adults in the front seat instantly. The kids who were sleeping in the back seat were saved by a miracle.
The shocking accident quickly started rumours about beheadings and curses from the devil that are still going on today. But the truth about Jayne Mansfield’s death is more horrible and sad than any rumour that could be made up.
Who is Jayne Mansfield?
In the 1950s, Jayne Mansfield became famous by playing Marilyn Monroe’s cartoonishly sexy opposite. Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933. By the time she was 21, she was already married and had a child.
Mansfield was the star of movies like Too Hot to Handle (1960) and Unhelpful Girl (1956). She played up her curves and portrayed herself as a naughtier Marilyn Monroe off-screen.
Lawrence J. Quirk asked Monroe about Jayne Mansfield. Monroe stated, “She only duplicates me, which insults her and me.” Monroe: “I know it’s flattering to be copied, but she’s so harsh and crude I wish I could sue her.”
She didn’t try to avoid the competition
In fact, she tried to get with John F. Kennedy because he was with Marilyn Monroe. Mansfield laughed after she got the president and said, “I’ll bet Marilyn’s as mad as all get out!”
Mickey Hargitay, an actor and bodybuilder, was Mansfield’s second husband. They got married in 1958. The couple had three kids, one of whom was Mariska Hargitay, and they were in a few movies together.
She also had a number of affairs that got a lot of attention. Mansfield didn’t hide the fact that she was a sex symbol. She posed for Playboy as a playmate and said, “I think sex is healthy, and there’s too much guilt and hypocrisy about it.”
Her complicated love life was always in the tabloids, and she broke rules that other stars wouldn’t touch at the time. She was known for showing her breasts to photographers on the street, and in the 1963 movie Promises, Promises.
Jayne Mansfield was the first well-known American actress to strip off on screen. She also didn’t avoid camp. The Pink Palace was Mansfield’s rose-colored Hollywood estate with a heart-shaped pool..
But when Mansfield heard about Marilyn Monroe’s sudden death in 1962, the bold actress thought, “Maybe I’ll be next.”
The Killer Car Accident in June 1967
Jayne Mansfield’s Death in a car accident five years after Marilyn Monroe did.
Mansfield left Biloxi, Mississippi, in the early morning hours of June 29, 1967, and drove toward New Orleans. The actress had just done a show at a nightclub in Biloxi, and she had to get to New Orleans for a TV appearance the next day.
Mansfield sat in the front seat with the driver, Ronald B. Harrison, and her boyfriend, Samuel S. Brody, for the long trip. The backseat was where three of her children slept. The 1966 Buick Electra crashed into the back of a trailer truck just after 2 a.m.
killing everyone in the front seat instantly. Harrison probably didn’t see the truck until it was too late because a machine nearby was pumping out thick fog to kill mosquitos.
"If you're going to do something wrong, do it big because the punishment is just the same either way." – Jayne Mansfield pic.twitter.com/VXNiZHSxcQ
— Jayne Mansfield (@BeautyMansfield) December 19, 2018
The Death of Jayne Mansfield
When the police arrived, Mansfield’s three children were still alive in the backseat. Three adults in the front seat died right away, and Mansfield’s dog also died. On the spot, police said that the actress was dead.
Photos of Jayne Mansfield’s body after the accident fueled rumours. Her wig was tossed out of the car, making some photos look like she lost her head.
Police say that Mansfield’s death was horrible, but it happened very quickly.But the head-chopping tale persists.. It was even in the 1996 movie Crash.
After the Mansfield rumour, another emerged. People who like to gossip said Anton LaVey cursed the starlet’s lover Brody. The starlet had been in a relationship with Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan.
This rumour is false. The 2017 documentary Mansfield 66/67 helped recall it.
Mariska Hargitay on the legacy of her mother
Mariska Hargitay was in the car accident that killed her mother. She went on to become well-known for her role as Olivia Benson on Law and Order: SVU. Zoltan, who was six, and Miklos Jr., who was eight, did the same thing.
Hargitay may have slept through the car accident, but the actress has a scar on her head that shows she was there. As a grown-up, Hargitay told People, “I’ve learned to lean into loss. “The only way out is through,” says a proverb.
Hargitay says that instead of trying to avoid the pain of losing her mother, she has learned to “really lean into it,” because “you have to pay the piper sooner or later.”
Mariska Hargitay has a different memory of her mother than what the public knows about Jayne Mansfield. Hargitay says, “My mother was this amazing, beautiful, glamorous sex symbol, but no one knew.
she played the violin, had a 160 IQ, had five kids, and loved dogs. Jayne Mansfield was so far ahead of everyone else. She was an inspiration. She loved life, and I think that’s something I have in common with her, Hargitay told People.
Surprisingly, her death had a big effect on more than just her family and fans. The accident that killed her made the government change the law.
The Mansfield Bars Federal Requirement
Jayne Mansfield’s Buick toppled under a semitruck. This was unnecessary. Federal authorities intervened to avert killings.
Because of this, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered that all semi-trucks change the way they look. Since Jayne Mansfield died, cars can’t roll under semi-trucks without a steel bar on the trailer.Mansfield bars” would protect others from Jayne Mansfield’s bad luck.