The staircase of Jayne Mansfield and Mickey Hargitay’s home
“I believe in flashy entrances,” said Jayne Mansfield, whose Pink Palace in Bel-Air epitomized the camp icon’s screen and celebrity image in the early 1960s. Her collection of hundreds of magazine covers adorned the staircase—she appeared in Life as well as in Playboy. “Publicity has always come to me. I haven’t gone to it,” the actress once said. “But I’ve been cooperative.”
Mansfield on the balcony overlooking the living room
“I would rather stay at home…and have a dinner before the fireplace,” said Mansfield, who identified with her character in The Girl Can’t Help It: “All she wants is to be a wife and mother, but sex keeps getting in the way.” The lettering in the arabesque above the living room fireplace commemorated her marriage to Hargitay, who did much of the handiwork in the house. Her favored heart motif was quilted into the purple sofas.
Mansfield and Hargitay in their office
“Nobody cares about a figure like 163,” she said of her supposed IQ. “They’re more interested in 40-21-35.” The typewriter carried the house’s predominant color, pink, into the red leather office.
Mansfield in the pink bedroom
The couple shared the Pink Palace with Powderpuff, a Pekingese, several Chihuahuas and an ocelot. One of her Playboy spreads, partially shot in the pink bedroom, was banned in Chicago.
Mansfield in her bath
Mansfield announced her ambition to have a house in Beverly Hills and a million dollars—and to be a star. She traded promotional appearances for an estimated $150,000 worth of merchandise for the house, including the pink shag for the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling treatment in the bath.
Jayne Mansfield patiently awaiting the completion of her heart-shaped swimming pool
Husband Mickey Hargitay, who owned his own construction company before becoming 1955’s Mr. Universe, built the pool for her as a part of her “Pink Palace” with a matching heart-shaped jacuzzi.
As a special surprise, Mickey even inscribed the words “I love you Jaynie” in gold leaf mosaic at the bottom of the pool.
Mansfield in her pool
Mansfield relaxes in the couple’s forty-foot-wide pool surrounded by dozens of Jayne Mansfield Hot Water Bottles, a novelty item introduced in 1957. She demanded “a heart-shaped house with a heart-shaped pool” as a precondition for her marriage to Mickey Hargitay.
source: architectural digest and weheartit