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The Jayne Mansfield Story (1980)

The gaudy rise and dizzy fall of the last great Hollywood blonde bombshell: Jayne Mansfield.


Dick Lowry


Martha Saxton (book), Charles Dennis (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Loni Anderson ... Jayne Mansfield
Arnold Schwarzenegger ... Mickey Hargitay
Ray Buktenica ... Bob Garrett (as Raymond Buktenica)
Kathleen Lloyd ... Carol Sue Peters
G.D. Spradlin ... Gerald Conway
Dave Shelley Dave Shelley ... Barry Charles
Laura Jacoby Laura Jacoby ... Jayne Marie (at 6)
Whitney Rydbeck ... Photographer
John Medici John Medici ... Bud Leland
Lewis Arquette ... Publicity Man
James Jeter ... Middle-Aged Man
Janice Kent ... Young Woman Writer
Lynn Philip Seibel Lynn Philip Seibel ... Casting Director (as Lynn Seibel)
Gwen Van Dam ... Vivian
Joan Welles Joan Welles ... Sheila


The movie tells the story of Hollywood movie star Jayne Mansfield. Like Marilyn Monroe, Mansfield was a sex symbol of the 1950s. She was able to succeed in Hollywood, became the owner of several theater awards. She also appeared several times in Playboy magazine. Her tragic death in a road accident ended her life at age 34. Written by Peter-Patrick76 (peter-patrick@mail.com)

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A symbol of the 1950s. Loved and adored by millions. Except one. See more »


Biography | Drama


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Did You Know?


The real life Mickey Hargitay played Hercules in The Loves of Hercules (1960) (Hercules vs the Hydra). Arnold Schwarzenegger, who plays Hargitay in this movie, played Hercules 10 years later in Hercules in New York (1970). See more »


In a scene towards the film's ending, Jayne is seen filming a movie called Las Vegas Hillbillys with Mickey on the set. Jayne had been divorced from Mickey for almost two years when the movie was made. It also shows Las Vegas Hillbillys as a Western which it was not. See more »


Jayne Mansfield: Carol Sue where's the vodka?
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Referenced in Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) See more »


Put Your Arms Around Me Honey
Written by Albert von Tilzer
Performed by Loni Anderson
Sung during opening nightclub scene
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Loni Anderson becomes Jayne Mansfield !
16 January 2001 | by aesgaard41See all my reviews

Someone, somewhere finally realized in the Seventies that too much attention was being focused on Marilyn Monroe and decided that it was time to finally do a movie-biography on Hollywood's other lost goddess. As I hear it, numerous actresses wanted the title role, but it finally fell to an up and coming tv star named Loni Anderson. Possibly the only one to fill out Jayne's 40-18-36 figure, Loni throws herself into the role becoming kittenishly Monroe-like one minute, and campily Jayne the next. Too much of Jayne's life was condensed to make this movie, and too often it drags on its direction as Jayne jumps moods. The real Jayne was a renaissance woman - a Madonna of the Sixties with a gifted I.Q., but we're not allowed to see the woman who turned down the role of Ginger on "Gilligan's Island." Instead we are forced to see Jayne in her rise to fame and her hard tabloid crash into anonymity. Another former unknown, Arnold Scwarzeneggar, portrays muscle man Mickey Hargitay, the future father of present-day tv star actress Mariska Hargitay . Earnestly but rather ineptly in the role, he provides the male counterpart as well as the common sense to Loni's Jayne. As biography's go, this film is halfway honorable to Jayne's memory and legacy, but if you want the straight story, you'll have to turn into it on A/E's Biography.

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29 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jayne Mansfield: A Symbol of the 50's See more »

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