This 1957 photo of Sophia Loren and Jayne Mansfield is legendary. A Beverly Hills party was meant to officially welcome Loren to Hollywood but the Italian bombshell found herself upstaged by Jayne Mansfield. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Loren confirms that, yes, she was thinking exactly what it looks like she was thinking;
“Paramount had organized a party for me. All of cinema was there, it was incredible. And then comes in Jayne Mansfield, the last one to come. For me, that was when it got amazing. . . . She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down. And now, she was barely . . . Listen. Look at the picture. Where are my eyes? I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table.”
She went on to explain that even though she was caught smiling or having a good time with Mansfield later in the evening, her mind was always on that dress.
“No, no. Well, there may be other photos, but this is the picture. This is the one that shows how it was. This is the only picture. Actually, many, many times I am given this photo to autograph it. And I never do. I don’t want to have anything to do with that. And also out of respect for Jayne Mansfield because she’s not with us anymore.”
Loren has a memoir titled Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: My Life, which was just published. If she wants to sell some books, I think she just got our attention…