MIRFIELD-born showbiz writer and broadcaster Neil Sean is to hit New York and Las Vegas with a new DVD about Hollywood icon Jayne Mansfield.
Neil was inspired to produce the video because his mum – also a showbiz writer – met the sexy pin-up at the legendary Batley Variety Club in 1967.
Neil’s mum Ann Montini, who still lives in Mirfield, met ‘blonde bombshell’ Miss Mansfield when she appeared in Batley for a week in April 1967.
Just two months later the tragic star died in a car crash aged just 34.
The DVD ‘Jayne Mansfield – From Hollywood to Yorkshire’ will be out next month.
Neil and Ann – who bore more than a passing resemblance to Miss Mansfield in the 1960s – will go to New York and Las Vegas in June to launch the DVD.
The documentary, filmed in London, New York, Halifax, Bradford and Mirfield, opens with a picture of Ann taken at Mirfield Show in the 1960s, snapped by a mystery photographer who spotted Ann’s likeness to the star.
Ann, also a singer and performer, was recognised by the photographer who gave her the picture for nothing.
The documentary tells how three-times married Miss Mansfield was paid a reputed £20,000 for a week of shows at Batley Variety Club.
Miss Mansfield, who starred in films such as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? and The Girl Can’t Help It, had become the pin-up of a generation by then. Though starring roles may have dwindled in Hollywood, her reputation had not.
Celebrity interviewer Neil and film maker Sharaz Ali joined forces to create an exclusive insight into the life and times of the actress during this difficult period of her life with never before seen interviews and exclusive pictures.
Neil said: “This documentary was great fun to make and makes fascinating viewing. This is Jayne’s story from the people who knew and worked with her.”
The DVD is available to order through Amazon and www.odeonent.co.uk