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Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn't Help It

Eve Golden

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780813180953
eISBN:
9780813180960
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813180953.001.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Jayne Mansfield (1933−1967) was driven not just to be an actress but to be a star. One of the most influential sex symbols of her time, she was known for her platinum blonde hair, hourglass figure, ... More


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Eve Golden

in Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Couldn't Help It

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9780813180953
eISBN:
9780813180960
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813180953.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

In 1956, Jayne films the delightful rock and roll comedy The Girl Can't Help It, directed by Frank Tashlin, becoming the hottest Hollywood property of the year. She divorces Paul Mansfield, and she ... More


Constituting the Crime: White Innocence as an Apparatus of Oppression

David Ikard

in Lovable Racists, Magical Negroes, and White Messiahs

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226492469
eISBN:
9780226492773
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226492773.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

With an eye toward understanding the current utility and tenacity of the myth of white innocence, this chapter will examine several mediums, including news media, politics, and entertainment, that ... More


Dirty Stars: Jayne Mansfield and Kenneth Anger

David E. James

in Rock 'N' Film: Cinema's Dance With Popular Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780199387595
eISBN:
9780199387632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387595.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Apart from the Elvis movies, the only film about rock ’n’ roll made by a major studio in the 1950s was The Girl Can’t Help It (Fox, 1956), starring Jayne Mansfield, with Little Richard and a dozen ... More


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