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Why did Jayne Mansfield’s career declined so much?

When people think about Jayne Mansfield they think about a lot of things. One of them is of a star whose image was glamorous, and someone who had succeeded in Hollywood - but whose success also was surprisingly limited. But why did that happened? Was she untalented?

Introducing Jayne Mansfield:
A dumb blonde? Hell no. Jayne was an outstanding student and a brilliant child. She knew how to play violin, piano, spoke 5 languages fluently and studied drama since her childhood. She could recite Shakespeare without a book and she also didn’t even wanted to be blonde or to have the blonde bombshell image. Yeah, crazy as it sounds, Jayne’s ambition in Hollywood was to be a actress who plays classic roles, till a producer said that her figure was “too distracting for mens audience”, so she embraced the sex symbol image and that’s where everything started.

The 50s
In 1954, Jayne Mansfield moved from Dallas to Hollywood determined to become a movie star. After some minor movie roles, in 1955 she starred in the successful Broadway play ‘Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?’ After this her career shined, she was contract by 20th Century Fox, starred in 'The Girl Can’t Help It (1956) (one of the biggest hits of the year), 'The Wayward Bus’ (1957) (her dramatic acting rained in good reviews, and she received a Golden Globe Award) 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?’ (1957) (the film version of her Broadway play was also a success) and in late 1957 she acted beside the renowned actor Cary Grant in the comedy 'Kiss Them For Me’. She also was doing performances in Las Vegas, appearing on the front of every newspapers and magazines, Jayne had interviews scheduled around the clock, she bought a pink palace and was working 18 hours a day. Her working ethic was marvelous, she was an actress whose instinct was, described by one of her directors: “unbelievable”. What could go wrong?

The 60s came
What can change in a decade? Everything. The 60s era was completely different from the 50s: The hair styles, the makeup styles, the film’s style. Mamie Van Doren described what happened very well: “I was trying to keep my head above the waters that were fast closing around us in that decade. But while I saw the end coming for us all too clearly, I don’t think Jayne realized what was happening.


What went wrong:

1. The “blonde bombshell/dumb blonde persona”
As previously mentioned, the 60s were completely different - and the image of the glamorous and dumb blonde from the 50s was no longer welcome. Jayne kept appearing in TV shows and events doing the same stuff. And the reason why she did it was simple and quite innocent: She didn’t want to let down the fans who fell in love for the Jayne Mansfield from the 50s.

2. Her motherhood

Jayne tried hard to balance her two biggest loves: Her children and her career. While she was pregnant she had to refuse a lot of movie offers. (But anyways, I personally think that she handled it very well)

3. The movie 'Kiss Them For Me’ (1957)

Often described as 'the key mistake in her career’, the history behind the movie was simple: A broken promise from the studio. 20th Century Fox promised her that if she accepted the role in the film, she would play the role of Jean Harlow in a biopic. She didn’t liked the script at all, but accepted it: The movie was a relative success but a disaster in the critics.

4. Staying at 20th Century Fox

After 1959, they started to send Jayne to europe to do low budget films. They also didn’t paid Jayne a satisfactory salary. Jayne wanted to stay at Fox because it was a huge company and also it was the Studio of her idol: Shirley Temple. She decided to stay at Fox till her 7 year contract was over, but sadly it was a little too late.

Maybe Jayne Mansfield was a wasted talent. Wasted by the Hollywood studio system that always type casted her as the glamorous movie star, sexy stripper, or blonde gang mol. Viewing her movies and watching her performances in them, shows us a woman who really wanted to act. Underneath the blonde bosomy facade lay traces of an unpolished talent and when directed by talented directors, this rough diamond did shine brightly. Taking in consideration the material Jayne Mansfield was handed it would have been a hard job for any actress to show what acting skills she really possessed.” - excerpt from “Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield”

“Hey old man, you come to these lil’ galas very often?”

John Crocker, famous comedian and actor, turned around to see one of his favorite people that he had met during his long career in Hollywood.

Dave Strider shot him his trademark smirk, a glass of complimentary champagne in his hand. The man gave him a small, barely visible nod and swirled the bubbling liquid in the glass, not spilling a drop.

John grinned at him, and found himself in a conversation full of snark and easy, relaxing chatter about nothing in particular. It was funny, really, how easily he interacted with the movie director, despite the genres they each worked with being rather different, not to mention the age gap. It was as though they had known each other for lifetimes, despite the fact that they’d only known each other for a few months.

They had met at another gala the suddenly famous author, Rose Lalonde had hosted, and Rose had introduced the comedian to, in the director’s own words, “Strider, Dave Strider. The most amazing person you have ever been graced with the presence of,” It made John grin and Rose, ever graceful and full of mirth and amusement, rolled her eyes and introduced him in a much classier, James Bond reference-less way.

“David Strider, the movie director for the SBaHJ movie franchise, who has a ridiculous ego as you can see already, Mr. Crocker. Dave and I have been acquainted with for quite a few years.”

This had only served to make John laugh as Dave protested Rose’s description the best he could without losing the cool persona he had become known for throughout the media for.

The three of them had interacted with ease, and when Rose moved along to actually host her gala, the two men had continued the witty banter until the gala ended, and it was hardly remembered that they had just met. Time seemed to fly by as they talked; John learning about Dave’s tendency to ramble as he became more and more comfortable with the conversation.

John rejoined the present, and grinned at Dave, patting him on the shoulder affectionately. The other man came to a stop in the middle of one of his long winded metaphors that tended to get away from him.

“What was that for? Not that I don’t cherish your affection and all that jazz, but you interrupted my spiel about how great the stairs scene from SBaHJ actually is. No one actually appreciates the true beauty in that momen-”

John cut him off by laughing. His blue eyes shone with amusement and affection for the other.

“It’s nothing Dave. I was just thinking about our friendship. It certainly is odd, I feel like I’ve known you for the longest time, maybe in a past life we knew each other.”

Dave grew quiet at that, his thoughts completely derailed from his SBaHJ ramble. He diverted his gaze to the cold marble of the floor and gave a soft expression that was hard to place even with his ever present shades. It was rather odd really, how John could easily read Dave like a book, tell where his eyes were and easily take apart the infamous pokerface. He didn’t know how he did it, but he filed the information with the rest of the odd things he knew and felt he knew about Dave Strider.

The director let out an almost indiscernible breath of air. His eyes raised back up to meet John’s, an odd expression on his face. If one had to place the expression, perhaps forlorn or hopeful and hopeless at the same time would be as close as one might get.

“Yeah Egber- er, Crocker. Maybe we did.”

JohnDaveWeek 2017, Day 4: Alternate Timeline

I accidentally wrote a short drabble about this one too! ^^’ Which is why this day’s prompt is a whole day late- I wanted a few friends to beta read for me because I haven’t written for a while, and they weren’t around. ^^’

I like to think that at least in this Alphaverse, that Dave remembers a bit more that John and slips up sometimes, and says things; does things, (feels things, *cough*, what?) that don’t make sense in their universe but made perfect sense in the previous universe, like calling John “Egbert” despite his name being “Crocker”.

But about the art- wow, look at that dedication! Look at that /beautiful/, /obviously drawn with care and time/ chandelier. So beautiful. So effort. Much wow.

Other than that, I hope John looks alright! I’ve never drawn Alpha John or really any old people in general, sooo… ^^’

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anonymous asked:

As hard as some fans has to grasp it but they aren't the rule makers of what will destroy a 20+ year long hollywood career. Just look what the guys said when asked if it was his daughter he just said probably David's gf and that she was not that young. This coming from a random none super fan but from someone who watched Xfiles when young and thought it was cool to run into DD. A career is only ruined if you will not get hired and people don't watch your stuff. None will happen to DD over this!

You just can’t know that what will happen if more tabloids pick up this story… I wish him all the best, but who do you think goes to his concerts and buys his books if not his biggest fans??? Random people won’t go to a DD concert, we all know it, David knows this too. And with Season 11 coming out in January he certainly doesn’t need any more article where they bring up his past. In my country there are already two articles about him and his past and about his new girlfriend who is 33 years younger than him, so it is ruining his image even if you don’t see it. People in general are very critical towards every celebrity whose name come up in any relation of the Hollywood mess, so it is not a good image that a known sex addict dates a 24 yo girl.