Jayne Mansfield, one of Hollywood’s blonde bombshells, led a storied life and remains talked-about in death. Rumors about the actress’ fatal car crash have persisted in popular culture. Her career as one of the fair-haired women initially hired to be a Marilyn Monroe copy-cat was recently explored by one of our favorite podcasts You Must Remember This. Host Karina Longworth raises the subject of Mansfield’s encounter with Church of Satan founder Anton LaVey; that relationship, and the legend of Mansfield’s death, is explored in an upcoming documentary from P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes of Room 237 fame. From Dangerous Minds: “Ebersole and Hughes’ Mansfield 66/67: A True Story Based on Rumor and Hearsay focuses on the actress’s relationship with the Black Pope of the Church of Satan, Anton LaVey, and the tale that sorcery caused her fatal car crash. She is portrayed by ‘over fifty actors and dancers.’” The film opens at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre on October 27. Until then, here are several facts you might not know about the actress.
Jayne wasn’t beheaded in the car crash that took her life. “Her head was attached as much as mine is,” Jim Roberts, the undertaker who cared for Mansfield after the accident, said in a 1997 interview with the New York Times.