Thousands of spectators jammed the small Pennsylvania quarry mining town of Pen Argyle Monday (3 July) for the funeral of movie star and entertainment personality Jayne Mansfield.
MS Miss Mansfield's first home
CU Sign "Funeral parking only"
MS Man delivers roses to funeral home
MS Miss Mansfield's mother out of car
MS Hearse drives into cemetery
MS Men carrying casket
MS Hargitay and Miss Mansfield's daughter at grave site
MS Rev Charles Montgomery says prayer
MS Hargitay kisses casket
MS Hargitay comforts Miss Mansfield's mother and daughter-
MS Hargitay and mother and daughter walk to car
MS Casket with pink roses
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Background: Thousands of spectators jammed the small Pennsylvania quarry mining town of Pen Argyle Monday (3 July) for the funeral of movie star and entertainment personality Jayne Mansfield.
The buxon, 34-year old actress was killed in a violent automobile accident Thursday (29 June) outside New Orleans, Louisiana.
The service at the Pull is Funeral Home was private, but Pennsylvania State Police and local police had to hold back a large crowd as Miss Mansfield's mother, daughter Jean Marie--16 years old, and her secondhusband, Mickey Hargitay entered, along with other family friends and relatives.
After a service at the funeral home, the party drove to tiny Fairview Cemetery outside town where the burial service was held. It was over in a few minutes. At one point, Hargitay, who was born in Hungary and is a physical culture expert and strongman, went over to Miss Mansfield's 16-year old daughter, and her mother, Mrs. Harry Peers of Dallas, Texas, and comforted them. Then he bent and kissed the coffin. The reverend Charles Montgomery of Zion Methodist Church conducted the services at the funeral home and at the cemetery.
The coffin made of bronze, was adorned with 500 pink roses and had a large heart in the center.
The large number of spectators at the funeral home, and later at the cemetery, gave the proceedings a grotesque carnival-like air.
After the funeral party left the cemetery, spectators swarmed toward the grave, many of them taking pictures of the casket before a cemetery crew lowered it into the grave.