"When she'd come to town, word would spread quickly: "Jayne's in town! Jayne's in town!' " said [Lou Bray], also a member of the Heritage Center. "It seems like she never forgot her roots."
"It seems like years ago, you'd talk to anyone, and they'd have a story about her," said Frank Ferruccio, head of Mansfield's online fan club. It's his collection of memorabilia on display at the Heritage Center. He also has a biography of the actress, "Diamonds to Dust: the Life and Death of [Jayne Mansfield]," coming out next month.
On some level, that's true. Mansfield never worked with director Billy Wilder, inspired an Elton John song or sang "Happy Birthday" to a president. She's gotten "the fuzzy end of the lollipop," to quote the [Marilyn Monroe] character in Wilder's "Some Like It Hot."