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Inside Jayne Mansfield's Mansion, the "Pink Palace"



In November 1957, shortly before her marriage to actor/bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay and just ten years before her death in a car accident, actress Jayne Mansfield bought a 40-room Mediterranean-style mansion at 10100 Sunset Boulevard in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Western Los Angeles.

Jayne was intent on making the mansion, mostly paid for by an inheritance from her maternal grandfather, her own. She had the house painted pink, adorned it with statuary of Cupids, added pink fluorescent lights, installed a pink heart-shaped bathtub and a fountain filled with pink champagne, and put (in some rooms) pink wall-to-wall carpeting. She called her manse the "Pink Palace." After writing to manufacturers and requesting free samples of furniture and deorations, Mansfield received $150,000 in free merchandise with which to decorate ($1,263,803 in 2016 dollars). After she and Hargitay married, he helped her with the mansion, installing a pool. 

Eventually, Hargitay and Mansfield split, the mansion was sold and she went on to marry and divorce again before her death in 1967. The Palace was owned by Ringo Starr, Cass Elliot and Engelbert Humperdinck before it was demolished in November of 2002. 

See a video of Mansfield and Hargitay poolside at the Pink Palace and additional pictures of the mansion at Messy Nessy Chic. 

Images: Allan Grant / Life 




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