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Richard Koper
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Affectionately, Jayne Mansfield tells the story of an actress who was known as America’s ‘Smartest Dumb Blonde’ and often dismissed as another Marilyn Monroe copycat. Mansfield's blonde hair, seductive smile and eye-popping hourglass figure, often overshadowed the ‘real’ Jayne who spoke five languages and was a concert violist and pianist. Jayne’s story reads like a fairy tale, but one with a gloomy side and an unhappy end. This book reveals her private life, film parts, stage plays and television appearances. Her 27 films and 6 plays are reviewed in detail and illustrated with (rare) photographs and other publicity material.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 42079 KB
  • Print Length: 398 pages
  • Publisher: BearManor Media (30 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008R9JGX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #520,398 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great New Book about Jayne 11 Aug. 2012
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I have to say I wasn't expecting much from this book, after all what can be said about Jayne Mansfield that hasn't already been said before? However I was really impressed, the Author has managed to take all the best points from previous works and mix them together. I also love the way her Co Stars, Directors etc were researched and given backgrounds. Really great read and a brilliant starting point for anyone who is interested in the life and works of Jayne Mansfield but also a must have book for the more die hard fan too. Love it x
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! 15 Aug. 2012
I really, really love this book. There are photographs throughout, and many of which I had never seen before. The biography section is thorough, and then the other chapters on films, plays, etc are extremely informative. I do not know a great deal about Jayne, but I have learnt a lot through reading this book, and I'm very happy that my introduction to her has been through this one, rather than some of the others out there that have been less well received.

This book totally deserves five stars. And if I could give five stars to the author too, I totally would. His respect for Jayne just shines right through, and I can't wait for his next book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible! 28 Aug. 2012
By Megan
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A wonderful, unique style biography of the incredibly talented Jayne Mansfield. The book is filled with many rare pictures and covers all of her films and reviews as well as all of her stage productions, with pictures (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Bus Stop are a highlight!)

The biography is beautifully presented and we learn about the real Jayne and her life as a devoted mother and actress too. A must have for any Jayne fan or someone who is interested in the fifties blondes. It also has a great section on the other blonde bombshells of the era.

A perfect tribute to Jayne that is a must have for your collection! I only wish it was longer as it's that good!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 3 Mar. 2013
By CJS - Published on
Disappointing book on actress Jayne Mansfield. Of the books 394 pages, only 96 were devoted to a biography while the remaining were the summaries of each and every film, play, and television appearance of Mansfield. The summaries were thankfully, not too long, and did include cast lists as well as additional info as to what was going on in Mansfield's life at the time, but I would have preferred a full-length biography with a basic filmography and other works at the end. The book did have more photographs than most books of this type and also provided information on Mansfield's competition in the industry (folks like Mamie Van Doren, Sheree North, Joi Lansing, and others). There was a need for closer attention to the editing as you had sentences like "Although Jayne complaint to May Mann about this... (p. 83) or ... "and Jayne's part is build around his...(p. 198). On page 19, the author indicates Jean Harlow died of Cerebral oedema when everything I've read about Harlow indicated kidney and renal failure. The author also cites Brian Donlevy's best known films as being The Quartermass Experiment and Quartermass 2 when anyone who knows Donlevy remember him for Beau Geste. Finally, the author was so enamoured of his topic that you felt that she did not give a terrible performance in her life and it left you wanting a more realistic look at Mansfield's contribution to film. The book was okay but I was disappointed as I was expecting more of a biography.
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By Frank Ferruccio - Published on
Richard Koeper is a Fantastic writer and has the same tastes as I do. He has written some great books about Stars from the 1950's, but he out does himself with this book. First of all THANK YOU RICHARD for devoting your time and ENERGY to writing a whole book about the LOST bombshell of the fifties. I wrote my two books to help keep her memory alive and as a fan of Jayne's I was very excited to receive by pre-ordered book today! Great Photos on front and back and 394 pages of sheer delight with many Rare photos throughout! I am very happy to have been a very small part of this great project by lending some of my 10, 000 rights owned photos of Jayne for it.

There are several new books about MM every year and I think that there should be many more about Jayne. There is plenty of room out there for other Jayne Biographers. This book is an easy read, well researched and very well written. Richard is a fan and it comes through in his writing. I think that everyone will enjoy learning about who is my opinion, the best blonde bombshell of the fifties.

Don't Walk........Run and buy one right now!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOOK... 15 Oct. 2013
By K. Rosenthal - Published on
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This book by far is the best book in a long time that's been written about Jayne Mansfield. Wonderful Photographs as well. Encourage all to purchase the book.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AFFECTIONATELY is FABULOUS! 19 Mar. 2013
By Hillary Mansfield - Published on
I was once a diehard fan of Jayne Mansfield. I was involved in many fan club and fan network activities. Real life took me away for awhile but in all honesty, this book somewhat re-vitalized my interest in Miss Mansfield. The book is EXTREMELY well researched. I was most impressed with Mr. Koeper's ability to find many of Mansfield's box office tallies for her motion pictures. The photos are exceptional, and will be a new joy to the casual fan. I highly encourage others to check this book out!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 20 Dec. 2014
By Bill Reain - Published on
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I'm still reading it and am enjoying it. It is a kindle purchase so no shipping was necessary.
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