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Jayne Mansfield’s Pink Palace

In November 1957, shortly before her marriage to Mickey Hargitay, Mansfield bought a 40-room Mediterranean-style mansion formerly owned by Rudy Vallée at 10100 Sunset Boulevard in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles Much of the investment to buy the house came from the $81,340 ($685,318 in 2016 dollars) she inherited from her maternal grandfather Elmer Palmer. Mansfield had the house painted pink, with cupids surrounded by pink fluorescent lights, pink furs in the bathrooms, a pink heart-shaped bathtub, and a fountain spurting pink champagne, and then dubbed it the “Pink Palace”. Hargitay, a plumber and carpenter before getting into bodybuilding, built a pink heart-shaped swimming pool. Mansfield decorated the Pink Palace by writing to furniture and building suppliers requesting free samples. She received over $150,000 ($1,263,803 in 2016 dollars) in free merchandise, paying only $76,000 ($640,327 in 2016 dollars) for the mansion itself. It was still a large sum, when the average cost of a house at the time was under $7,500 ($63,190 in 2016 dollars). The Pink Palace was sold and its subsequent owners have included Ringo Starr, Cass Elliot and Engelbert Humperdinck. In 2002, Humperdinck sold it to developers, and the house was demolished in November of that year. (x)

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Jayne Mansfield & Mickey Hargitay marriage

They first met at the Latin Quarter on may 13, 1956 - during the time that Mansfield was performing in the Broadway play ‘Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?’ - days before they met, Mansfield joked with the press that she hoped to find her prince charming. About the day that they first met, Mickey later stated: “I saw a blonde girl with a milkshake, and some other people were sitting, the moment that I made eye contact with her with was love at first sight”. Hargitay proposed to Mansfield with a $5,000 10-carat diamond ring on November 6, 1957 ($210,000 in 2015 dollars). And on January 13, 1958 they got married. Jayne wore a fabulous pinky lace mermaid gown. All the eyes were on them, thousands of people came to give the best wishes to the couple. Jayne and Mickey were described as inseparable.

“She was such a pioneer, she was a woman before her time, and she was doing things that nobody else was doing. Being a movie star and having five kids, and sort of living out loud and being fearless and breaking all the rules. She was somebody that beat to her own drum and was such a free spirit and I really admire that.” - Mariska Hargitay on her mother, Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield holding her newborn daughter, Mariska Hargitay, beside husband Mickey Hargitay and children: Jayne Marie Mansfield, Zoltan Hargitay and Mickey Hargitay Jr. (1964)

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Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay, Cannes Film Festival (1958)

“You know which title I like best? I like to be called mother.” Jayne Mansfield

Happy Mother’s Day! Jayne was a loving caring mother that had 5 children and loved all of them with all her heart:
Jayne Marie, (was born in 1950), Miklós Jr (1958), Zoltan (1960), Mariska Hargitay (1964) and Tony (1965). Mariska is her most famous child and is a very well known actress.