the original blonde bombshell

The Tragic Death of Jayne Mansfield

On June 29, 1967, famous Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield and two male friends attended a public event in Biloxi, Mississippi.At the event, Jayne apparently joked about a prediction made by Anton LaVey (the founder of the Church of Satan) that she would die in a car accident in the dead of night. Whether or not the “prediction” was serious or made in jest, it proved to be true.

After attending the event Mansfield, her two companions, and three of her children travelled to New Orleans. As they were leaving the town of Siddell that night, the 1966 Buick Electra the group was driving collided with a low-hitched trailer on the back of a truck; Mansfield and her male friends were killed instantly. The children escaped serious injury.

Mansfield was one of the original “Blonde Bombshells” of the 1950’s, and alongside Marilyn Monroe she was considered one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women. Although cast in “dumb blonde” roles, Jayne Mansfield was exceedingly intelligent; she spoke five languages fluently, was a member of MENSA, and was sought out by Anton LaVey due to her insightful nature. The two met often in LaVey’s black painted house in San Francisco, and Jayne starred in several of LaVey’s home movies.

The rumor that LaVey predicted Mansfield’s death spread like wildfire after she died, with some accusing LaVey of orchestrating her death via a Satantic ritual. Others believed Mansfield was assassinated due to her connection with LaVey. Whatever the true story may be, Jayne Mansfield’s death will always be shrouded in mystery.

Old Hollywood Trivia

Barbara Stanwyck : Her stage name was inspired by a theatrical poster that read “Jane Stanwyck in ‘Barbara Frietchie.

- Started smoking when she was nine.

Jayne Mansfield : Was a classically trained pianist and violinist.

- Spoke five languages.

Shirley Temple : Her mother, Gertrude Temple, did her hair in pin curls for each movie. Every hairstyle had exactly 56 curls.

- At age six she became the first recipient of the juvenile Academy Award. To this day she is the youngest person ever to receive an Academy Award.

Marilyn Monroe : Because the bathing suit she wore in the movie Love Nest (1951) was so risque (for the time period) and caused such a commotion on the set, director Joseph M. Newman had to make it a closed set when she was filming.

- She was suggested as a possible wife for Prince Rainier of Monaco. But he picked actress, Grace Kelly, to be his wife.

Jean Harlow : Is known as the "original blonde bombshell”, pre-dating Marilyn Monroe as a blonde sex symbol.

- One of the last photos taken of Jean showed her carrying a copy of 'Gone with the Wind’. She was determined to read it, but as her illness progressed, couldn’t get past more than the first few pages.

James Dean : He said on numerous occasions that he did not expect to live past the age of 30.

- Elia Kazan, in his 1988 autobiography “A Life”, says that during the production of East of Eden (1955), he had to have Dean move into a bungalow near his on the Warner Bros. lot to keep an eye on him, so wild was his nightlife.

Greta Garbo : She liked to take walks on cemetaries.

- Left John Gilbert standing at the altar in 1927 when she got cold feet about marrying him.

Jean Harlow was the first actress to appear on the cover of Life magazine. -