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An Urban Legend in More Ways Than One

29 Jun

After an engagement at the Gus Stevens Supper Club in Biloxi, Mississippi, Actress Jayne Mansfield, her attorney Sam Brody, and their driver, Ronnie Harrison, along with the actress’s children Miklós, Zoltan, and Mariska, headed in Stevens’ 1966 Buick Electra 225 to New Orleans, where Mansfield was to appear in an early morning television interview. On June 29, 1967, at approximately 2:25 a.m., on U.S. Highway 90, the car, which was reportedly going 80 miles per hour, crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer that had slowed down because of a truck spraying mosquito fogger. The children survived with minor injuries, but the adults were killed instantly.
Rumors that Mansfield was dacapitated have been proven untrue, though she did suffer severe head trauma. This urabn legend was possibly spawned by the appearance in police photographs of what resembles a blonde wig tangled in the car’s smashed windshield. It is believed that this was either a wig that Mansfield was wearing at the time, or was her actual hair and scalp and that she was scalped in the crash.
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1 Comment

Posted by on June 29, 2006 in Actresses, Deaths, Hollywood Trivia

 

One response to “An Urban Legend in More Ways Than One

  1. Dee

    January 10, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    Jane suffered avulsion, that is the top of her head was sheared off. I distinctly remember my clock radio going off in 1966 and the speaker stated she was decapitated. I remember it because I was 6 months pregnant and it was such a shock to hear she lost her head. But she didn’t lose it all, just the top.

     

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