Film ID: NEFA 21797 Video of NEFA 21797 Jayne Mansfield Interview LATE LOOK: INTERVIEW WITH JAYNE MANSFIELD IN NEWCASTLE 1967 Visitor TabsDescription This is a Tyne Tees Television interview with Hollywood actress Jayne Mansfield in Newcastle, originally broadcast on 31 March 1967. Ms Mansfield is in the region performing cabaret in both Newcastle and South Shields. She responds to a negative news report in the Daily Mirror about her show and talks about what she thinks of the people of the north east. Report by Bob Langley. The report opens on a street in Newcastle showing Jayne Mansfield, with a large ribbon in her hair. She is asked about the attack on her in that morning’s edition of the Daily Mirror about her north east tour. She expected the article from a certain columnist who had visited her act would be a hatchet job. She has been performing to sell out audiences and has been treated very warmly. However, it is cold on the street where she is being interviewed, and she hopes to be kept warm by ‘those gorgeous sailors’. She continues by saying that people have been very complimentary and warm, and she loves them all. Context No easy ride for the ‘poor man’s Monroe’ The Hollywood star Jayne Mansfield finds herself out of step with the times on Tyneside in the 60s. The archetypal ‘blonde bombshell’ of the 50s, Jayne Mansfield, bravely defends herself against negative tabloid reviews on a cold Newcastle street. From Las Vegas’s first – and highest paid – female headliner to a cabaret act on the Northern club circuit in Britain, Mansfield was a Hollywood movie star on the skids who had swapped a promising acting career (with a Golden Globe Award for ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’ in 1957) for an obsessive merry-go-round of publicity. Three months after this interview with Bob Langley for the Tyne Tees TV Late Look news magazine Jayne Mansfield died in a car crash in New Orleans. Born Vera Jayne Palmer in 1933, a violin and piano prodigy who spoke five languages, Mansfield had once studied with Baruch Lumet, a celebrated Yiddish Theatre actor and father of director Sidney Lumet. She shot to stardom on Broadway, and on screen, as the character Rita Marlowe in the Faustian comedy ‘Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter’, playing a caricature of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe. The ‘dumb blonde’ 50s fiction of womanhood dominated the rest of her public life. She has been described as a ‘reality star’ ahead of her time.