Classic Hollywood #16

When Legends Meet – Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield

One of the more infamous publicity incidents in Hollywood history captured in photographs, took place on April 12, 1957 at a party held at Romanoff’s Restaurant, 240 South Rodeo Drive, to welcome Sophia Loren to Hollywood.

Loren, the Italian beauty, was sitting at a table with gossip columnist Louella Parsons and film star Clifton Webb.

Then Jayne Mansfield walked in.

Mansfield cordially came up to Sophia Loren, shook her hand and then proceeded to lean over for the photographers crowding around Loren’s table. They snapped away as Mansfield sat down to join Loren.

The plunging neckline on Mansfield’s dress displayed too much skin (for 1957) and Loren was captured a few times casting furtive glances of Mansfield’s overexposed breasts.

A night that was supposed to have the spotlight shine upon Sophia Loren was stolen by the queen of one upmanship.

This photograph below says it all. You’ve heard the saying, “if looks could kill.”  What was Sophia Loren thinking at this exact moment?

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9 thoughts on “Classic Hollywood #16

  1. BB

    The famous “if looks could kill” photo on the bottom was parodied in the TV show “Modern Family” fifth-season episode, “iSpy” with Julie Bowen as Ms. Loren and Ms. Vergara as Ms. Mansfield. Very funny episode.

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  2. Desiree

    If you look closely, Jayne’s left nipple was about to be exposed. I’m sure the furtive glance meant “Those things are going to fall out of her dress if she’s not careful!”

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  3. SuzyQ~

    “Sophia was & Is All Class!!” Jayne often looks like she was trying way too hard!! She came across as a very insecure person…

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  4. Beatrice Maude

    Indeed Jayne’s cleavage is over the top but I wish my boobs looked that fantastic. Sophia Loren simply couldn’t compete on that particular occasion. Vulgar? Yup, but unforgettable.

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