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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Jayne Mansfield

Slidell, Louisiana

It was 47 years ago tonight, at 2:25 in the morning, that Jayne Mansfield lost her life in a traffic accident on this lonely stretch of Highway 90 east of the Rigolets Bridge in Louisiana.  She was enroute to New Orleans for an early morning television interview having just concluded an engagement the evening before in Biloxi, Mississippi.

A large semi-truck and trailer had slowed down for a smaller truck that was spraying mosquito fogger.  The car plowed into and underneath the truck instantly killing the three adults in the front seat.  Jayne's 3 children lying down in the back seat survived with minor injuries.

Despite Jayne's public sex symbol image as a dumb blonde bombshell, largely a product of the movie and entertainment industry, Jayne had a high IQ and spoke five different languages.  She was 34 at the time and today little is left to remember her by, her movies long since forgotten.  
She doesn't even have a memorial at the death site.  I thought that sad.

 The accident scene was so horrific (there are gruesome photos on the Internet) that the National Traffic Safety Administration soon thereafter made it mandatory that all trucks be outfitted at the rear with a under-ride bar or bumper.  To this day it is still know as the Mansfield Bar.  So next time you are driving down the highway behind a big rig truck you will see this and think of Jayne Mansfield.


  1. A sad story, I remember her very well and she was indeed exposed as a sex-symbol. She even visited Amsterdam once where she stood on the desk of a newspaper editorial in a challenging pose.
    http://members.chello.nl/d.vos35/jmjc.htm Have a look here, you have to scroll down a bit to see the picture.

  2. Sad story but her name is now forever known.

  3. did not know how she died - or about the alteration to semis it caused. her daughter looks so much like her.

  4. Thanks John for the info albeit its sad though.

  5. I just a movie called Jayne Mansfields Car. Nice shots.

  6. Thanks for the information about those bars.
    Ms. Mansfield is very pretty.

    On a lighter note, I am reminded of the movie, "Christmas Vacation", with Chevy Chase.

    Peace :)

  7. What a great bunch of info on Jayne and the Mansfield bar. And you're right.

  8. I knew about the bars but never knew it was her death that made them mandatory!

  9. Such a sad story....I had never thought about what happened to her. And have watched her daughter for years on Law & Order, SVU....

  10. Interesting story. Boring comment though, sorry.


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