In a mini series throughout February I’m going to share a few fabulous homes! Homes that are not just jaw dropping, but that will make you gasp with delight. Who better than to kick off our series than the blonde bombshell herself, Jayne Mansfield?!
Often labelled as the ‘Working Man’s Monroe’ Jayne Mansfield was a star in film, theatre, and television, a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates! Mansfield was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s. In November 1957, shortly before her marriage to Mickey Hargitay, Jayne Mansfield bought a 40-room Mediterranean-style mansion located at 10100 Sunset Boulevard in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles.
Much of the investment to buy the house came from the $81,340 she inherited from her maternal grandfather Elmer Palmer. Mansfield had the house painted pink, with cupids surrounded by pink fluorescent lights, pink furs in the bathrooms, a pink heart-shaped bathtub, and a fountain spurting pink champagne, and then dubbed it the “Pink Palace”.
Mansfield’s professional name came from her first husband, public relations professional Paul Mansfield, with whom she had a daughter. She was the mother of three children from her second marriage to actor–bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay. Hargitay was an actor and bodybuilder who had won the Mr. Universe competition in 1955.
Hargitay, a plumber and carpenter before getting into bodybuilding, built a pink heart-shaped swimming pool. Mansfield decorated the Pink Palace by writing to furniture and building suppliers requesting free samples. She received over $150,000 in free merchandise, paying only $76,000 for the mansion itself. It was still a large sum, when the average cost of a house at the time was under $7,500.
Don’t you just love the picture stairway? Mansfield had fabulous style, everything about her ensemble, hair, home and car are swoon-worthy!
Mansfield adopted pink as her color in 1954 and was associated with pink for the rest of her career. The year after reconstructing the “Pink Palace” as a “pink landmark”, she began riding a pink Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz convertible with tailfins, then the only pink Cadillac in Hollywood.
Mansfield’s life was tragically cut short by a fatal car accident in 1967. The Pink Palace was sold and its subsequent owners have included Ringo Starr, Cass Elliot and Engelbert Humperdinck. In 2002, Humperdinck sold it to developers, and the house was sadly demolished in November of that year.
Mansfield made an impact on a male dominated World, stood out and had the courage to do things her own way, she leaves behind a legacy of style, entertainment, inspiration and although the Pink Palace is no more, the memory lives on.
‘No one wants to see or read about a dull subject. I don’t consider myself a dull subject.’ -Jayne Mansfield
(Images courtesy of LIFE Magazine +Google)