More famous today for her gruesome car crash death than for any of the movies she made while alive, Jayne Mansfield was in some sense the most successful busty blonde hired by a studio as a Marilyn Monroe copy-cat. Mansfield’s satirical copy of Monroe’s act was so spot-on that it helped to hasten the end of the blonde bombshell, paradoxically endangering both actress’ careers. But she did manage to star in Hollywood’s first rock n’ roll movie, Hollywood’s first postmodern comedy, meet The Beatles, experiment with LSD, cheerfully align herself with Satanism for the photo op, and much more.
Sources specific to this episode:
“Night my friend John Lennon played a vile trick on Hollywood's sexiest woman: How Beatle urinated into Jayne Mansfield's cocktail and watched her drink it when he became tired of her during US tour” by Chris Hutchins, Daily Mail, May 2015
“The Tragic Pattern of Sex Symbols” by Lloyd Shearer. Pageant, August 1967
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