It was her first major stage performance, garnering her critical attention—although not always positive—and public popularity. Both films were low-budget, and their American releases were delayed.
It Happened in Athens starred Trax Coltona handsome newcomer and an unknown Fox was trying to mold into a heartthrob. She then performed the piano scene for Warner Brothers, but, again, failed to impress.
Though their characters do share one scene, Mansfield and Van Doren filmed their parts at different times; they were later edited together. With this film, she attempted to move away from her "blonde bombshell" image and establish herself as a serious actress.
It was released two years later, when Mansfield's fame was at its peak. Despite the publicity and her popularity, Mansfield had no quality film roles after Jayne would commonly say that the only title she refused was Miss Roquefort Cheese, because she believed it " She turned down the role because of her pregnancy with daughter Mariska Hargitayand was replaced by Kim Novak.
It was released briefly inbut did not enjoy a full release untilalmost a year after her death. She received first billing above the title, but appeared in only a supporting role.
As a result of the film's success, Mansfield landed on the Top 10 list of box-office attractions for that year. This Olympic Games-based film was shot in Greece in fallbut was not released until June After he left for military service, she made her first notable stage appearance in a production of Arthur Miller 's Death of a Salesman on October 22,with the players of the Knox Street Theater, headed by Lumet.
It was her first country and western film, and she promoted it through a day tour of major U. The Challenge and Too Hot to Handle. Before filming began, Mansfield said she would not "share any screen time with the drive-in's answer to Marilyn Monroe," meaning Van Doren.
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Film stardom — [ edit ] Twentieth Century-Fox signed Jayne to a six-year contract on May 3,in their New York office to mold her as a successor to the increasingly difficult Marilyn Monroe,  their returning casino chips blonde bombshell, who had just completed the very difficult Bus Stop at the time. In FebruaryJames Byronher manager and publicist, negotiated a seven-year contract with Warner Brotherswho were intrigued by her publicity antics.
That same year, Mansfield appeared in a salacious-for-its-time, pinup book called Jayne Mansfield for President: She was also unable to fulfill a third of her contract with Fox because of repeated pregnancies. Robinson in the courtroom-drama Illegal In the United States, censors objected to a scene in Too Hot to Handle where Mansfield, wearing silver netting with sequins painted over her nipples, appears nearly nude.
Fox launched their new blonde bombshell with a North American tour and a forty-day, sixteen-country tour of Europe for the studio.
It was a box office failure, and 20th Century-Fox dropped Mansfield's contract. She filed for separation from Paul Mansfield that January.
Her casino mansfield ma, namely a bath-towel, caused a sensation. The opening credits list Mansfield as one of the technical advisers, along with other popular stars. She accepted the part while working with producer Louis W.
She acted in one more movie for Warner Brothers—another small, but significant role opposite Edward G. It was "generally conceded to have been her best acting," according to The New York Timesin a fitful career hampered by her flamboyant image, distinctive voice "a soft-voiced coo punctuated with squeals"voluptuous figure, and limited acting range.
Lewis informed her that she was wasting her "obvious talents" and had her come back a week later to perform the piano scene from The Seven Year Itch. The film was described as "vapid" and "ill-advised," was a critical and box office flop,  and marked one of the last attempts by 20th Century-Fox to publicize Mansfield. Mansfield strips and sings "Promise Her Anything" from the film Promises!