Tippi Hedren

Campy documentary 'Mansfield 66/67' playfully chronicles short, controversial life of taboo-breaking blond

Campy documentary 'Mansfield 66/67' playfully chronicles short, controversial life of taboo-breaking blond

The campy, colorful documentary “Mansfield 66/67,” directed by P. David Ebersole and Todd Hughes, takes a romp through the mythology and magic surrounding the life and death of “The Smartest Dumb Blond,” actress Jayne Mansfield. The film bills itself as a “true story based on rumor and hearsay,” which is much like the public image of Mansfield that persists to this day.

Ebersole and Hughes have rounded up an eclectic group of talking heads, including John Waters, Mamie Van Doren, Tippi Hedren, Kenneth Anger, A.J. Benza and drag icon Peaches Christ, as well as a handful of academics and performers. Their discussions are supplemented by archival material and footage of Mansfield, as...

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