: A lot of happiness can be brought to the mentally distraught by a little understanding.
One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, film actress Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer. Her parents were well-to-do, her father was a successful attorney.
Tragedy struck when Jayne was three, when her father suddenly died of a heart attack. Three years later, her mother remarried and she and her mother moved to Texas. Her IQ was reportedly 163.
After some productions there and elsewhere, Jayne decided to go to Hollywood. Her first film was a bit role as a cigarette girl in Pete Kelly's Blues.
Although the roles in the beginning were not much, she was successful in gaining those roles because of her ample physical attributes which placed her in two other films that year. Her breakout role came the next year with a featured part in The Burglar. By the time she portrayed Rita Marlowe in Oh! For a Man! and Too Hot to Handle, Jayne was now known as the poor man's Marilyn Monroe.
She did not get the plum roles that Marilyn got in her productions. Instead, her films were more of a showcase for her body more than anything else. She did have a real talent for acting, but the movie executives insisted she stay in her dumb blonde stereotype roles.
By 1962, she was dropped from 20th Century Fox and the rest of her career had smaller options like being in B movies and low budget movies or performing at food stores or small nightclubs.
While traveling from a nightclub to where she was to be on television the following day, she was killed instantly in a car crash in the early hours of June 29, 1967, when the car in which she was riding slammed into the back of a semi-tractor trailer truck that had stopped. Her car went under the truck at nearly 80 miles per hour... She was 34 years old.