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Inscribed Photographs Signed
The "poor man's Marilyn Monroe" is remembered for breathless, ditzy roles in films of the late '50s and early '60s such as "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957); she was decapitated in an auto accident. Hargitay was a Hungarian-born bodybuilder who won the "Mr. Universe" title in 1956; as one of Mae West's musclemen in her stage show, he came to the attention of starlet Jayne Mansfield; once wed, they appeared together in films such as "The Loves of Hercules" (1960) and "Promises! Promises!" (1963), and he appeared in other B movies such as "Primitive Love" (1964), the Italian kitsch classic "Bloody Pit of Horror" (1965), "Spree" (1967), "Wild Wild World of Jayne Mansfield" (1968), "Lady Frankenstein" (1971), "The Reincarnation of Isabel" (1972) and "Delirium" (1972). Choice pair (of photographs, that is): Hers is an IPS, 8" X 10", n.p., 1961 August 28. Very good. Faint yellowish tape stain at each corner. Scene from "Kiss Them for Me" (1957) showing Mansfield full-length in profile standing in a shipyard, holding up a poodle cheek to cheek. She inscribes it hugely and flamboyantly "To Donald M. Burnell -- / Affectionately, / Jayne / Mansfield / 8/28/61." (The dots on both "i" letters and even the period are drawn as hearts, of course.) His is likewise an IPS, 8" X 10", n.p., 1961 August. Very good. Faint yellowish tape stain at each corner. Full-length flexing "muscle shot" in a teeny swimsuit, inscribed large and bold in thick fountain pen "To Don / Burnell / Sincerely / Mickey Hargitay / Aug. 1961." A superb and scarce duo, signed to the same admirer on the same day.
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