was a step ahead of her time whe she decided to become
one of the first big stars to take it all off for Playboy
magazine. This coincided with her production of her
film "Promises Promises." Playboy shot behind
the scenes nude shots of Jayne by the urging of her
producer Tommy Noonan, and she agreed to do the pictorial
without compensation. The magazine would go on to become
the biggest seller for the magazine at that point in
history. "The Nudest Jayne Mansfield" flew off the newspaper
stands, with many copies selling for the steep price
of $10.00 a piece. Hugh Hefner was arrested for obscenity
for publishing the pictures. Even with all this publicity,
"Promises Promises" was not the box office
hit that she had hoped for, and by mid 1963 she hit
the nightclub circuit.
In her nightclub
act she performed a burlesque which toured throughout
the U.S. There were some show tunes, a little stand
up comedy and then capped the evening with a striptease
routine. This was an extremely successful act everywhere
it went, and often brought a standing ovation finale.
Also during this time she appeared on television quite
frequently. She appeared on Follow The Sun, two Alfred
Hitchcock presents, Jack Parr, Red Skelton and Jack
Benny. In 1964 she did a guest appearance on Burke's
time she also took over the lead roles of two road show
productions of films made famous by Marilyn Monroe.
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Bus Stop."
In 1964 her divorce to Mickey became finalized. As happened
so often in Jayne's career, the lead man in her road
show for Gentlemen became her new lover and fairly soon
afterward her husband.
Beatles came to the U.S. and were asked which American
celebrity they'd like to meet they cited Jayne Mansfield.
Jayne hooked up with them at the Whiskey A-Go-Go. When
she first met John, and saw his shag haircut she asked
him if it was real. John quipped, while looking at her
breasts, "Are those real?" Supposedly the meeting ended
when George Harrison sloshed his glass of Scotch at
an inebriated Jayne, and instead hit Mamie Van Doren
square in the face.
Matt Cimber married in 1964, and he became her new publicist.
He attempted to get her into the "A" roles
she had longed for again, and he set up many television
appearances. Jayne turned down a contract for the television
show "Gilligan's Island" which was later taken by Tina
in New York City's Latin Quarter with a nightclub act,
and even during one of the worst winters in the city,
she played to packed houses every night. Filled with
insecurities about her future, she poured herself into
a Cimber role "Single Room Furnished," which
did not even get distributed in her lifetime. She recognized
the position she was in, and although this was certainly
not one of the best roles, she said, "it is a role that
will make people sit up and take notice about what I
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