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Jayne Mansfield

Jayne Mansfield was an American actress in film, theatre, and television, a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s. Mansfield was 20th Century Fox's alternative Marilyn Monroe and came to be known as the Working Man's Monroe. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts.
Mansfield became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. She was one of Hollywood's original blonde bombshells, and although many people have never seen her movies, Mansfield remains one of the most recognizable icons of 1950s celebrity culture. With the decrease of the demand for big-breasted blonde bombshells and the increase in the negative backlash against her over-publicity, she became a box-office has-been by the early 1960s.
While Mansfield's film career was short-lived, she had several box office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. She enjoyed success in the role of fictional actress Rita Marlowe in both the 1955–1956 Broadway version, and, in the 1957 Hollywood film version of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?. She showcased her comedic skills in The Girl Can't Help It, her dramatic assets in The Wayward Bus, and her sizzling presence in Too Hot to Handle. She also sang for studio recordings, including the album Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky & Me and the single As the Clouds Drift By. Mansfield's notable television work included television dramas Follow the Sun and Burke's Law, game shows The Match Game and What's My Line?, variety shows The Jack Benny Program and The Bob Hope Show, the The Ed Sullivan Show, and a large number of talk shows.


Jayne Mansfield is preparing for

  • West Side Story - Bassoon

    19:45, Mon 9th November 2020 - Sun 15th November 2020 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

    West Side Story is an American musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and conception and choreography by Jerome Robbins. It was inspired by Willi…

  • Little Shop of Horrors - Reeds

    19:30, Wed 11th November 2020 - Sat 14th November 2020 at Random Venue 82

    Little Shop of Horrors is a comedy horror rock musical, by composer Alan Menken and writer Howard Ashman, about a hapless florist shop worker who raises a plant that feeds on human blood and flesh. The…

  • Titus Andronicus - Aaron

    19:15, Mon 14th December 2020 - Fri 18th December 2020 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Titus Andronicus is a tragedy by William Shakespeare, and possibly George Peele, believed to have been written between 1588 and 1593. It is thought to be Shakespeare's first tragedy, and is often seen…

  • Company - Jenny

    20:00, Tue 29th December 2020 - Sun 3rd January 2021 at Sadler's Wells Theatre

    Company is a musical comedy based on a book by George Furth with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six.

  • Shrek the Musical - Harspichord

    20:00, Mon 18th January 2021 - Thu 21st January 2021 at Random Venue 76

    Shrek the Musical is a musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. It is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig's 1990 book Shrek!. After a tryou…

  • The Importance of Being Earnest - Producer

    21:00, Tue 8th June 2021 - Sun 13th June 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on 14 February 1895 at St. James's Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the…

  • Pippin - Director

    20:45, Mon 6th September 2021 - Sat 11th September 2021 at Royal Opera House, London

    Pippin is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson. Bob Fosse, who directed the original Broadway production, also contributed to the libretto. The musical uses…

  • The Music Man - Clarinet

    19:15, Mon 24th January 2022 - Thu 27th January 2022 at Almeida Theatre

    The Music Man is a musical with book, music, and lyrics by Meredith Willson, based on a story by Willson and Franklin Lacey. The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer…

  • Hair - Viola

    20:00, Tue 8th February 2022 - Sat 12th February 2022 at Royal Court Theatre

    Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical is a rock musical with a book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot. A product of the hippie counter-culture and sexual revolu…


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