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The other day I was driving along the bayou with a friend. driving-driving-driving gab-gab-gab The weather was fine. The livin’ was easy. My travel companion mentioned, in passing, that the 1950’s Hollywood starlet/bombshell/hot mess Jane Mansfield, had died ‘just over there’.   “Where?”   “Over there, down by the bridge, and it was horrendous.”   […]

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  • The Religion of Spring Flower Gardening » A Pleasant House - […] in crazy colors that only Mother Nature’s teenage daughter would be caught wearing. I think Jane Mansfield was an annual. For the current generation- maybe a […]ReplyCancel

  • MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) - Oh, I just love hearing about your adventures and I this may be my favorite!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Ha! I have a million!! Glad you enjoyed and I appreciate your taking the time to comment!!ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Oien - Fascinating story! Learned more about Jane Mansfield than I ever knew before. In fact, I only learned a year ago or so that CSI star Mariska Hargitay was Jane’s daughter.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I know!!! I didn’t realize that either until a few years ago and now I see the resemblance! But she’s lived a MUCH happier life thank God. I understand Mariska won’t talk about her mother either. Can you imagine the trauma?ReplyCancel

  • Laura Ehlers - Wow! How frighteningly coincidental!! And then to take on the kid behind you!! Jayne would be proud!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I was insane with the thought of how short life can be. I just got out without thinking! I’m not sure I would do it again. Very risky.ReplyCancel

  • Abby - I’m happy to hear you’re ok! Holy Shit indeed! xxReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Actually- I was a dumb ass for getting out of the car. The kid was just as surprised as I was!! Ha!ReplyCancel

  • Eve - I remember this really upset my mother when it happened. Glad you nailed it and you certainly know how to nail a blogpost.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa at Grandma's Briefs - Wow! You got lucky, my friend.

    There’s a marvelous movie called, DRIVING JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR, directed by Billy Bob Thornton. Mansfield’s story is just a small part of this touching film. You must see it.

    Yay for nailing it… or, NOT getting nailed!ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl Kraft - Whew! How could so much happen in such a short period of time?? It only takes a split second for your whole life to turn upside down, as evidenced by Jayne’s story – and yours. So glad all turned out okay for you.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - Thank heavens you are here and able to write this! I drive across the country whenever I have an excuse, and I drive defensively, but sometimes there is just a place, a space I pass by, that seems to be dangerous, foreboding, or, dare I say it, haunted. I suspect that place is one where I would feel that. And Jayne, poor baby. Women, especially endowed women, did not do well back then, even if they did well.ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - OMG. Well, geez. Isn’t that just so NOLA, that you were having that chat? I remember the Mansfield story very vividly. Very vividly. Glad you are ok.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Chester - Whenever I see Mariska Hargitay on “Law and Order” I think how damn lucky she was that she and her sibs were asleep in the back seat. Reports said Mansfield was beheaded but that wasn’t true. It was one of her wigs that was found at the scene. So glad you are alright! I’d avoid that doomed intersection.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen Dolgen - OMG….how scary! So happy you “nailed” it girl and that you are ok. It must have been very traumatic for you. It is true, our lives can change in seconds! As for Jane – she was gorgeous and so VERY talented! Sadly, many women in those days were taken advantage of and their true talents never respected.ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - I’m proud of you! Thanks for posting. I’d forgotten about those headlines.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Tolley - Of course I’d heard of her. But never knew anything about her till right now! Tragic. And utterly fascinating. Poor girl. So much. And so little.ReplyCancel

  • Terrye Toombs - Why on Earth would you be in Slidell?! Yes, I’ve been there once or twice or more. 😀 Loved the story of Jan and her wandering ways!ReplyCancel

  • Norma Beishir - Mariska has definitely made better choices, both professionally and personally, than did her mother.ReplyCancel

  • Alaura Weaver - Amazing storytelling!ReplyCancel

Sitting upon a burial pyre     Natives long lost gone.Whiskey built a house of fire     Black man work at dawn.Changing hands with Typhoid’s grip     A daughter takes a man.Who goes to field and with a whip     He chooses one light tan.To house is brought for children’s care     And midnight lustful deeds.Sweet Chloe […]

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Once Upon A Time…     in a land to the West, with wishes carved out of dreams and hubris, over the hills (and any resemblance to rational thought) lived a ‘fair maiden, with hair as dark as night and eyes that could melt a frozen Margarita’.She had been orphaned by BOTH of her parents soon […]

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  • Patty Rumaker - Well now! How cool is that! Great story! Loving that front door. Pining!
    Patty at Home and Lifestyle DesignReplyCancel

  • Nancy Hill - Portuguese nuns lived my house… not the same at all. LOL! What an enjoyable, smile-producing piece! There is nothing like the glamour of Old Hollywood!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - Jesus (sorry) If I lived in a house that had housed nuns I’d probably be hovering above a bed with some kind of devil’s mark burned on my forehead. I don’t think they’d have liked me the way Old Hollywood seems to. LOL. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Much appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - I love this story! I love any story that involved old Hollywood, because that is where my heart lies. You don’t have to tell me who Ann Sheridan is (!!!). Wowee, wow, wow, WOW! What a great story.

    P.S. How did you make your photo Pinterest ready. So cool.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I know! Old Hollywood is THAE BEST! As for the pinterest ready button- I’m a tech wizard- and I contacted Julie DeNeen.ReplyCancel

  • enchantedseashells.com - That is SO cruel. You have true creed, that’s for sure, and you are THAT close to Bogie. I am so jell!ReplyCancel

  • Mari Collier - Really interesting, but I’m also curious about the dead body. No way I could do that kind of partying now.ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - The young man who built the house and was the first to live in it, died of Typhoid Fever in the upstairs master bedroom and was laid out in the front parlor. He was only 23 and left a wife and child (so sad). They only stayed on about a year and then sold. I don’t know what happened to them after that. Houses have such incredible history! What about yours Mari?ReplyCancel

  • conniemcleod - Your house should write a book…These walls are talking!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I know- right? And this is just one of SEVERAL Ben and I have had that had a lot of whispering going on. Maybe future posts?ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - Neat stuff! Gosh that would be a great job to research old houses! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Bryan Jones - Wow, interesting stuff. Verita sounds some fun lady – I have a clear image of her red hat askew and slurring her words.ReplyCancel

  • Manal The Go Go Girl - That’s such a COOL story and love the way you wrote it!ReplyCancel

  • pia - Wow! What a wonderful story!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - So interesting! I recommend everyone have their house history done- and then share the story! Thanks for stopping by Pia! Always nice to see you here.ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Wow! Small world!ReplyCancel

  • s.allen - An affair between Thompson and Bogart is nothing to applaud,
    considering those hurt by the disclosure.
    Bogart would have been appalled by such!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Bogart HAD the affair- and it lasted decades. He obviously wasn’t too appalled.ReplyCancel

      • s. allen - Cheryl, Affair 1942-1954. Decades? V.T. married other lover,
        Walter Thompson, 1955.
        Bogart, according to those who knew him, would’ve
        been appalled by such public DISCLOSURE!
        didn’t wantReplyCancel

  • s. allen - Your comment, “Bogart had the affair.” I don’t know what you mean. Verita had affair w/ him; both were married, she to Robt.
    Peterson, and he to Mayo Methot, prior to his final marriage to
    Ms. Bacall. {Please excuse “didn’t want” error, last comment;
    forgot to delete.]ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I’m not sure what you’re trying to ‘get at’? THEY had an affair that lasted 14 years through her marriage to Peterson, and two of his three, both Methot and Bacall, until two years before he died (1957). She married Thompson in 1955 and her relationship with Bogart ended. Just trying to tell a story here…ReplyCancel

      • s. allen - I’m not trying to “get at” anything. We both have said much
        the same thing re. timeline of events.
        Question: A reviewer of Thompson’s book said that Bacall
        referred to that affair, others? in new bio. of Bogart[unnamed.] Any info. on this?ReplyCancel

        • Cheryl - I’ve never read the book just live in her house.ReplyCancel

          • s.allen - I’ve not read her book either, only reproduced pages on
            internet, reader reviews and Kirkus review.

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