Jayne Mansfield was famous for being a blond bombshell, a sex symbol, an actress, a singer, a Playboy Playmate—and on the receiving end of the first documented instance of side-eye in Hollywood history. The culprit: Sophia Loren.
The year was 1957 and legend has it that Paramount threw a welcome party in honor of up-and-comer Loren, who had just inked a deal with the film studio. Mansfield was the last to arrive, and she breezed in wearing a pale pink satin curve-hugging column cut with a daring low neckline, finishing her unforgettable look with a perfectly coiffed bouffant and a set of shoulder-grazing chandelier earrings.
And just like that, the moment—Loren’s fear, Mansfield’s carefree nonchalance—was immortalized forever, cementing itself as the original side-eye and going on to spawn millions more decades later, along with spoofs (Julie Bowen and Sofia Vergara once recreated it for Modern Family) and countless articles.
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It’s also the one photo that, Loren revealed, her fans always want her to autograph—but she never does. “I don’t want to have anything to do with that,” she continued. “And also out of respect for Jayne Mansfield because she’s not with us anymore.”
Mansfield passed on June 26, 1967 after sustaining a brain trauma from a car accident. She was survived by five children (one of whom is Mariska Hargitay). And so on the day that would have been her 85th birthday, we’re remembering the legacy that she left behind. She shaped pop culture, having starred in hits like Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, The Girl Can’t Help It, The Wayward Bus, and Too Hot to Handle (she won a Golden Globe in 1957 for the New Star of the Year Award). She paved the way for a new type of celebrity, leaving her life open for the press. She was unapologetic about embracing her sexuality, and thus became the ultimate symbol for sexual freedom.
And without her, today’s most iconic side-eye moment would have never materialized.
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