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What The Allure Of Fame & Fortune Can Do To You
23 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Even though Jayne Mansfield died at a very young age (34), after watching this program I felt more sorry for her ex-husband Mickey Hargitay. He's the really nice guy in this Hollywood saga. It's not that Mansfield was not a nice woman, but Hargitay is exceptional, exhibiting a forgiving spirit that was amazing. How Jayne could keep cheating on him and then divorcing this guy, defies belief.

Whatever. The first thing the narrator of this show is anxious to point out is the extremely high I.Q. of Jayne Mansfield. That is because this woman - for those too young to remember her - was, perhaps, the ultimate image of the dumb, sexy, buxom blonde bombshell. This is a female who dyed her hair platinum blonde, posed nude and did it, I believe, before Marilyn Monroe did it....or at least around the same time. It was a big deal back in 1951, unlike today. She also made a big splash because her breasts were enormous and she wasn't shy about showing them.....to anyone! So, of course she was perceived as a ditzy blonde. The movie roles given her also fit that, and she was a fine actress deserving of much better roles.

However, she didn't help her case for any sympathy by being shallow, herself. She dumped her first nice-guy husband early on because she was more concerned about making it as a star in the movies. Fame and fortune came far ahead of a having a nice nuclear family. But, Jayne was a good, loving mother to her young daughter. Also, the more you watch the show, the more sympathetic - despite her shortcomings - you feel toward Jayne. Her ex-husbands didn't trash her. To this day, they stand by her.

Overall, a very interesting biography about a person who definitely stood out in a crowd. No one who ever paid attention to Hollywood celebrities back in the '50s and '60s can ever forget Jayne Mansfield.


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