Today marks what would have been the 90th birthday of the iconic actress Jayne Mansfield. Her daughter, Mariska Hargitay, took the opportunity to pay a heartfelt tribute to her mother on this special day.
Mariska, known for her role on Law & Order: SVU, shared a picture of Jayne on Instagram along with a touching statement. “Mama, happy birthday. Every day, we strive to love you more,” Hargitay wrote. It’s evident that the bond between mother and daughter transcends time.
Jayne Mansfield, born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933, gained fame in the 1950s and 1960s as one of the biggest blonde bombshells in Hollywood. She was often compared to Marilyn Monroe and dubbed the “Working Man’s Monroe.”
Besides her stunning looks, Mansfield showcased her talent in various movies, including Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, The Sheriff of a Fractured Jaw, Promises! Promises!, and The Girl Can’t Help It.
However, Jayne’s life was tragically cut short in 1967 at the age of 34 in a devastating automobile accident. This incident not only ended her life prematurely but also had a profound impact on her young daughter, Mariska. At the time, three-year-old Mariska was in the backseat of the car with her siblings. While the children escaped physical harm, they had to endure the immense loss of their mother, as well as her friend, attorney Sam Brody, and their driver Ronnie Harrison.
Mariska Hargitay, who has since become a renowned actress in her own right, has openly discussed the effect of this early trauma on her life. In an interview with Glamour, she shared, “I believe I was exposed to crises at a young age and learned nothing is certain. Having experienced trauma early in life has been a gift for me.” She reveals that surviving and overcoming this hardship has shaped who she is today.
In her journey of healing, Mariska has traversed through the complexities of her past. “Unveiling the layers and learning to trust again has been the process of my life,” she expressed. Despite the pain and challenges, Mariska’s love and connection to her mother remain strong, as she sends her birthday wishes to Jayne in heaven.
On this day, let us join Mariska Hargitay in remembering the vibrant spirit and legacy of Jayne Mansfield. May her memory continue to inspire and touch the hearts of many. Happy birthday, Jayne, wherever you may be.