Did you see blonde bombshell Jayne?

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A RADIO 4 producer is arriving in Halifax next week to investigate the 1967 visit to the town of a Hollywood icon.

In the May of that year, the blonde bombshell swept into Calderdale to stay at Holdsworth House in Holmfield.

She is thought to have stayed for a week while performing at the Batley Variety Club on a tour which then saw her travelling to Stockton.

The tour tuned out to be one of her last as she was killed in a car crash in America just a few weeks later aged just 34.

Now Radio 4 producer Paula McGinley is coming to Halifax to record a show for broadcast called From Hollywood To Halifax – The Jayne Mansfield Story.

Jayne Mansfield was one of America’s leading blonde sex symbols on the 1950s and acted in Hollywood and on Broadway.

She won a Golden Globe award for her performace in The Wayward Bus in 1957 – an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel, which also featured Joan Collins and Dan Dailey.

Her film career dwindled in the 1960s but she remained a popular celebrity and continued to attract large crowds on nightclub tours - like in Batley.

She was also a Playboy Playmate of the Month and appeared in the magazine several additional times.

Jayne married threetimes and had five children. She was travelling with three of her children the night she died when the car she was in hit the back of a truck in Mississippi. Her children, sat in the back, survived but two other adults also died.

l If you met Jayne during her stay in Halifax contact local author Trevor Simpson on 07799 792893 or email yoursay@halifax courier.co.uk.