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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

The other day I was talking to my mother and, somehow, we landed on the topic of current medical protocols used in the treatment of both historical, and current diseases. (Full disclosure: She did not swing the conversation this way, but, as I always say- she’s responsible nonetheless). Mom had recently lost a nephew (my […]

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When I was young, my mother made sure I knew how to do certain things- important things, like how to apply mascara, rotate a linen closet, tip the garbage man in July, bring a near-dead goldfish back to life with heart massage, balance a checkbook, never spend too much (hahahaaaa), always be on time (or […]

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