Jayne Mansfield’s children fondly remember their famous mother decades after tragically losing her.
The Hollywood actress was only 34 when she died in 1967 from injuries sustained in a late night car crash. Driver Ronald B. Harrison and his companion Samuel S. Brody were also killed. Three of her five children climbed into the back seat. They survived.
“She loved being the center of attention,” the blonde bombshell’s youngest son, Tony Cimber, recently recalled to Closer Weekly. “She was also very keen on being a good mother.”
“Jayne’s biggest regret would be not growing old with her kids,” he said. “But I can also tell you that she never really left. She makes her presence known. And that’s so Jayne.”
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55-year-old sister Mariska Hargitay agreed.
“She’s always with me,” the actress said on the exit. “I look at my life now and think, I’m on a TV show, I run a foundation, I run a household, I’m a mom, I’m a wife, I’m a lot of things. I realize I’m like this because that’s what I know. “
The “Law & Order: SVU” star, 57, revealed that her mother’s ability to combine a thriving family life with a high profile career has inspired her over the years. Hargitay is a proud mother of three.
“She was so ahead of her time,” Hargitay said. “She was an inspiration, she had that appetite for life.”
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In 2018, Hargitay opened up to People magazine about how she coped with the loss of her mother.
“The way I have lived with loss is to lean into it,” she said at the time. “As the saying goes, the only way out is through. In my life, certainly, I tried to avoid the pain, the loss, the feeling. But instead I learned to really lean into it. because sooner or later you have to pay the bagpiper. “
“I’m not saying it’s easy, and it sure wasn’t for me,” Hargitay admitted. “There has been a lot of darkness. But on the other side, things can be so bright.”
The outlet noted that Hargitay had torn up when talking about Mansfield.
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“My mom was this amazing, gorgeous, glamorous sex symbol – but people didn’t know she played the violin and had an IQ of 160 and had five children and loved dogs,” she explained. “She was so ahead of her time. She was an inspiration, she had that appetite for life, and I think I share it with her.”
“Someone once said about [remembering] my mother: “All you have to do is look at yourself in the mirror,” Hargitay added. “She’s always with me.”
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