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Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox's alternative to Marilyn Monroe who came to be known as the "Working Man's Monroe". She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions. She was one of Hollywood's original blonde bombshells, and, although many people have never seen her movies, Mansfield remains one of the most recognizable icons of 1950s celebrity culture.

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Film appearances

Movie Title Year Role Co-actors Director Producer Notes
Female Jungle 1955 Candy Price Burt Kaiser, Kathleen Crowley Bruno VeSota Burt Kaiser, Kathleen Crowley Alternative title: The Hangover
Pete Kelly's Blues 1955 Cigarette Girl Jack Webb, Janet Leigh, Edmond O'Brien, Peggy Lee Jack Webb Warner Bros. Uncredited
Underwater! 1955 Girl in Bikini by Pool Jane Russell, Richard Egan, Lori Nelson John Sturges RKO Radio Pictures Uncredited
Illegal 1955 Angel O'Hara Edward G. Robinson, Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe Lewis Allen Warner Bros.
Hell on Frisco Bay 1955 Mario's dance partner in nightclub Alan Ladd, Fay Wray Frank Tuttle Jaguar Productions Uncredited
The Girl Can't Help It 1956 Jerri Jordan Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien, Julie London, Ray Anthony Frank Tashlin 20th Century Fox Mansfield's first starring role; considered a classic.
The Burglar 1957 Gladden Dan Duryea, Martha Vickers, Peter Capell, Mickey Shaughnessy Paul Wendkos Columbia Pictures Filmed in 1955
The Wayward Bus 1957 Camille Oakes Joan Collins, Dan Dailey Victor Vicas 20th Century Fox
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? 1957 Rita Marlowe Tony Randall, Betsy Drake, Joan Blondell, John Williams, Henry Jones Frank Tashlin 20th Century Fox Alternative title: Oh! For a Man! (UK); considered a classic.
Known as Mansfield's "signature film".
Kiss Them for Me 1957 Alice Kratzner Cary Grant, Leif Erickson, Suzy Parker Stanley Donen Sol C. Siegel Mansfield's last starring role in a mainstream Hollywood studio film.
The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw 1958 Kate Kenneth More, Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot Raoul Walsh 20th Century Fox Not released in the United States until 1959.
The Challenge 1960 Billy Anthony Quayle, Carl Möhner, Peter Reynolds John Gilling Alexandra Alternative title: It Takes a Thief (U.S.); not released in the United States until 1963.
Too Hot to Handle 1960 Midnight Franklin Leo Genn, Karlheinz Böhm, Christopher Lee Terence Young Wigmore Productions Alternative title: Playgirl After Dark (U.S.); not released in the United States until 1961.
The Loves of Hercules 1960 Queen Dianira/ Hippolyta Mickey Hargitay, Massimo Serato Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia Contact Organisation Alternative titles Gli Amori di Ercole (Italy), Les Amours d'Hercule (France), Hercules vs. the Hydra (TV title); not released to US movie theaters.
The George Raft Story 1961 Lisa Lang Ray Danton, Julie London, Barrie Chase Joseph M. Newman Allied Artists Pictures Alternative title: Spin of a Coin (UK)
It Happened in Athens 1962 Eleni Costa Trax Colton, Nico Minardos, Bob Mathias Andrew Marton 20th Century Fox Filmed in the fall of 1960; in Greece.
Heimweh nach St. Pauli 1963 Evelyne Freddy Quinn, Josef Albrecht, Ullrich Haupt Werner Jacobs Rapid Film Alternative title: Homesick for St. Pauli (U.S.); never released in the United States.
Promises! Promises! 1963 Sandy Brooks Marie McDonald, Tommy Noonan, Mickey Hargitay King Donovan Tommy Noonan-Donald F. Taylor Aka: Promise Her Anything (some releases)
L'Amore Primitivo 1964 Dr. Jane Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Mickey Hargitay Luigi Scattini G.L.M. Alternative title: Primitive Love (U.S.); not released in the United States until 1966.
Panic Button 1964 Angela Maurice Chevalier, Eleanor Parker, Mike Connors George Sherman, Giuliano Carnimeo Gordon Films Alternative title: Let's Go Bust (U.S.), filmed in 1962; in Italy.
Einer Frisst den anderen 1964 Darlene/ Mrs. Smithopolis Cameron Mitchell, Dodie Heath, Ivor Salter Richard E. Cunha, Gustav Gavrin Dubrava Film Alternative title: Dog Eat Dog! (U.S.); not released in the United States until 1966.
The Fat Spy 1966 Junior Wellington Phyllis Diller, Jack E. Leonard Joseph Cates Woolner Brothers
The Las Vegas Hillbillys 1966 Tawny Phyllis Diller, Jack E. Leonard, Brian Donlevy Arthur Pierson Woolner Brothers Alternative title: Country Music.
A Guide for the Married Man 1967 Technical Adviser (Girl with Harold) Walter Matthau, Inger Stevens Gene Kelly 20th Century Fox Cameo appearance. Legally her final film appearance.
Single Room Furnished 1968 Johnnie/ Mae/ Eileen Dorothy Keller, Fabian Dean, Billy M. Greene Matt Cimber Empire Film Studios Posthumous release. Filmed in mid-1966.

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