Did you ever meet Hollywood star Jayne Mansfield while she lived and performed in Austin during the 1950s?
Actor and author Erik Liberman wants to know.
For some time Liberman, who has originated roles on Broadway, has been researching Mansfield, born in 1933 and died after a short career in 1967, often compared to Marilyn Monroe and other “blonde bombshells.” He wrote an article, “Jayne Mansfield: The First Reality Star,” for Hollywood Reporter and he has been working on a biography.
“I want to speak with anyone who knew Paul (her first husband and publicist) and Jayne Mansfield during their time at the University of Texas or at Austin Civic Theatre in the early 1950s,” says Liberman, who came through town with the touring company of “Fiddler on the Roof” and has conducted workshops at Texas State University. “For those who knew the Mansfields during their time in the area, please leave word at 213-375-8175 or visit the “Contact” page at erikliberman.org.”
We had mentioned Mansfield’s time in Austin in 2015 profile of her local stage rival Coleen Grant Hardin.
“Jayne Mansfield wanted to play in shows and kept asking director Mel Pape, ’When are you going to cast me?” Coleen Hardin says about the future sex symbol. “She had a baby and just left her at the Rae Ann Shop when my mother was working there.”