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Blakeview: the death of Jayne Mansfield, 50 years later

The actor died in a car crash outside New Orleans on June 28, 1967

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of a local tragedy that made headlines around the world: a car crash that claimed the life of actress Jayne Mansfield. On June 28, 1967, Mansfield appeared on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at Gus Stevens' nightclub in Biloxi. After performing two shows, she and her entourage left Biloxi after midnight headed for New Orleans, where Mansfield, 34, was to be interviewed by Al Shea on WDSU-TV's Midday show. As the car traveled on a foggy Highway 90 west of the Rigolets Bridge, it slammed into the back of a tractor-trailer. Three adults in the front seat were killed: Mansfield, attorney Sam Brody and driver Ronnie Harrison. Mansfield's three children (including actress Mariska Hargitay) were asleep in the back seat at the time and survived.

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