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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lady Jayne

Born on this day in 1933, Jayne Mansfield was dubbed by 20th Century Fox
as "Marilyn Monroe King-Sized" and she became one of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s.
She attended the University of Texas in Austin,
then moved to Los Angeles in 1954 where she studied dramatics at UCLA
before landing her first role in a stage production of Death of a Salesman.
She posed nude for Playboy Magazine in February 1955,
just as her career started to blossom, which gave her almost instant notoriety.

The blonde bombshell was highly educated, spoke 5 languages,
was a classically trained pianist and violinist and held an impressive IQ.
Unfortunately, most of the roles she was given would usually only capitalize on her
impressive physical attributes.  She would, however, win a Golden Globe in 1957
for The Wayward Bus, beating competitors Carroll Baker and Natalie Wood.
By the early 60s her star had declined and she was relegated to low budget productions in Europe.

"The public doesn't care about my brains. They're more interested in 40-21-35"
  Jayne would lose her life at the age of 34 in a tragic automobile accident in June of 1967.

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