Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Hollywood Babylon Covergirl

Kenneth Anger's HOLLYWOOD BABYLON has a photo of Jayne Mansfield on the cover.

Under the old "Hollwoodland" sign ( which today reads just "Hollywood" )

The photo of Jayne Mansfield was famous even before they had it on the cover of that book. There's also a story that goes with it.

In April 1957, there was a dinner party at Romanoff's in Beverly Hills to officially welcome Sophia Loren to Hollywood.

Jayne Mansfield went to the party wearing a dress with a low neckline, which was typical of her.

Being Jayne Mansfield, she struck up a pose or two for the waiting photographers.

Who proceeded to take a series of pictures.

"I've been shown up!"

"What will I do now? This wasn't in the script!"

"This beats me all hollow!"

The Best Man Won!

The photo of Jayne Mansfield was used for the unauthorized US edition of HOLLYWOOD BABYLON that came out in 1956. In 1975, when the authorized edition came out, it was used again even though it had no association with the original version of the book, which was published in France.

I don't find this in the accounts I read on the internet, but Sophia Loren had been exploiting her own breasts and it's been said that Jayne Mansfield was defending the honor of American womanhood. Sort of.

Finally, if anyone feels that Jayne Mansfield was vulgar and Sophia Loren wasn't,
they can take a look at this photo and see that Sophia Loren could be vulgar, too.

This is not my idea of a pretty picture. Sophia Loren is showing her underarm hair and the man in the background adds his own questionable contribution to the picture, as well as to the lake. 

I don't hate Sophia Loren, I wouldn't want anyone to get the wrong idea about
that. But I get tired of stuff where they say she's great and Jayne Mansfield isn't. They were both famous and they were both popular at the time. You can't change that later on as
some people would like.


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