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Jayne Mansfield

The Girl Couldn't Help It

Jayne Mansfield (19331967) was driven not just to be an actress but to be a star. One of the most iconic sex symbols of her time, she was known for her platinum blonde hair, hourglass figure, outrageously low necklines, and flamboyant lifestyle. Hardworking and ambitious, Mansfield proved early in her career that she was adept in both comic and dramatic roles, but her tenacious search for the spotlight and her risqué promotional stunts caused her to be increasingly snubbed in Hollywood.

In this joyful biography, the first definitive one of Mansfield, Eve Golden reveals the star that Andy Warhol called "the poet of publicity" as a smart, determined woman. While she always had her sights set on the silver screen, Mansfield got her start as Rita Marlowe in the Broadway show Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?. She made her film debut in the low-budget drama Female Jungle (1955) before landing the starring role in The Girl Can't Help It (1956). Mansfield followed this success with a dramatic role in The Wayward Bus (1957), winning a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year, and starred alongside Cary Grant in Kiss Them for Me (1957). Despite her popularity, her appearance as the first celebrity in Playboy and her nude scene in Promises! Promises! (1963) cemented her reputation as an outsider.

Golden looks beyond Mansfield's flashy public image and tragic death to fully explore her life and legacy. This funny, engaging biography offers a nuanced portrait of a fascinating woman who loved every minute of life and lived every minute to the utmost.

About the Author

Eve Golden is the author of numerous theater and film biographies, including Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway, The Brief, Madcap Life of Kay Kendall, and John Gilbert: The Last of the Silent Film Stars.

Reviews

"This is a confection of a book, but that is not to say it is without substance. The same could be said about its subject. With humor and a keen eye for separating fact from the multitude of fiction surrounding Mansfield, Golden provides the first definitive (and positively page-turning!) work on an underrated actress and cult icon. Readers will fall in love with the multi-talented Mansfield who refused to accept failure. Through turbulent romances and career hiccups, Jayne's first love was truly being a celebrity. She embraced her over the top persona with a wildly eccentric home (called the pink palace) to complete her image. She was a fine comedienne and able to laugh at herself. Still, it is a shame few are aware of the depth of emotion and subtlety this bombshell could bring to her performances. Golden's endlessly entertaining, cute yet intelligent, exhaustively researched book is a must for Mansfield devotees and film scholars alike."—Cynthia Brideson, author of He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly and Ziegfeld and His Follies: A Biography of Broadway's Greatest Producer

"There have been other Jayne Mansfield books—but none like this one. Eve Golden's even-handed, clear-eyed approach to Jayne's often convoluted life pegs Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn't Help It as one of the best star bios ever."—Laura Wagner, book reviewer for Classic Images and author of Hollywood's Hard-Luck Ladies

"Eve Golden has given us an impeccably researched, fast-paced, unvarnished but loving tribute to Hollywood's other great 1950s blond bombshell."—Robert Dance, author of Glamour of the Gods and Hollywood Icons

"Pop the pink champagne for Eve Golden's breezily written tribute to the phenomenon known as Jayne Mansfield, which quite notably includes an appreciation of her undervalued talent and sadly unfulfilled potential. Immersed in the giddy pleasures of mid-century pop culture, this book is consistently entertaining while always respectful. Even when it's funny, it never treats Mansfield as a joke."—John DiLeo, author of Ten Movies at a Time: A 350-Film Journey Through Hollywood and America 1930-1970

"Eve Golden brings impeccable research and stylish writing to this mid-century American icon. Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn't Help It dispels the myths about Jayne Mansfield and examines her continuing popularity."—Larry Harnisch, retired L.A. Times editor, writer, columnist and blogger

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Other Titles by Eve Golden

Anna Held and the Birth of Ziegfeld's Broadway, updated edition

Eve Golden, foreword by Laurie Sanderson
Jun 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$19.95 USD - Electronic book text
$19.95 USD - Paperback / softback
$40.00 USD - Electronic book text

The Brief, Madcap Life of Kay Kendall, updated edition

Eve Golden, foreword by Kim Kendall
Jun 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$24.95 USD - Paperback / softback

John Gilbert

Eve Golden
Apr 2013 - University Press of Kentucky
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Olivia de Havilland

Victoria Amador
Nov 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
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Otto Preminger, updated edition

Foster Hirsch
Oct 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
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Hitchcock and the Censors

John Billheimer
Oct 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
$50.00 USD - Hardback
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The Merchant Prince of Poverty Row

Bernard F. Dick
Oct 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
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Robert Riskin

Ian Scott
Jul 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
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Patricia Neal, updated and expanded edition

Stephen Michael Shearer
Apr 2021 - University Press of Kentucky
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