Although 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, both in the 1955–1956 Broadway version and the 1957 Hollywood film version of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1963), she became the first major American actress to have a nude starring role in a Hollywood motion picture.
Mansfield was given bit parts in Pete Kelly's Blues (1955), starring Jack Webb, and Hell on Frisco Bay (1955), starring Alan Ladd.
reprising her role of Rita Marlowe alongside co-stars Tony Randall and Joan Blondell.
Fox launched their new blonde bombshell with a forty-day, sixteen-country tour of Europe for the studio.
Mansfield was allegedly intimately involved with numerous men, including Robert and John F. Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
She was the only child of Herbert William Palmer (1904–1936), who was of German and English ancestry, and Vera (née Jeffrey) Palmer (1903–2000), of English origin. In 1939 her mother married sales engineer Harry Lawrence Peers, and the family moved to Dallas, Texas, At age 17, she married Paul Mansfield on May 10, 1950.