Jayne Mansfield is remembered today for her many film roles as well as her time as one of Hollywood’s blonde bombshells and leading sex symbols. Though her life was tragically cut short, her story remains one that intrigues film fans to this day.
While audiences were familiar with her on-screen image, the off-screen Mansfield was hardworking, determined to succeed in the business, and devoted to her children. Acting in comedies and dramas, she demonstrated a range in terms of her performing abilities. She worked on Broadway before her screen debut, winning awards along the way, in addition to working with some of Hollywood’s greatest stars.
Eve Golden’s Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It offers a thoughtful, well-researched portrayal of Mansfield and what she valued in her short life. Golden’s narrative highlights Mansfield’s ups and downs, in addition to dispelling various myths about her. As is the case in Golden’s prolific output, her portrayal of Mansfield is thorough, inviting, and a fine tribute to Mansfield.
Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn’t Help It is available for purchase through the University Press of Kentucky.