Tabloid: Jayne Mansfield's blonde ambition on overdrive
It was a public affairs show with a variety feel. Tabloid's jovial first host Dick MacDougal and weatherman Percy Saltzman cracked so many jokes that some viewers complained they weren't serious enough. Debuting in 1953 as "a program with an interest in anything that happens anywhere," technology in TV's early days meant "everywhere" was Toronto. Powerhouse Ross McLean produced the show and hosts Elaine Grand and Joyce Davidson broke ground for female broadcasters.
• Mansfield adored publicity. Long before singer Janet Jackson's "Nipplegate" at the 2004 Superbowl, Mansfield became known for "accidentally" baring her nipple in a photograph taken while she was dining with a visibly disturbed Sophia Loren. • A few years after winning a 1957 Golden Globe for New Star of the Year, Mansfield's Hollywood career fizzled out, forcing her to play nightclubs. She died in a 1967 car accident on the way to her next performance. • Davidson and Susskind later married and moved to Canada where she hosted her own CTV talk show in the 70s. • Despite Mansfield's wishes, her daughter, Jayne Marie, followed in her footsteps, becoming the first daughter of a Playboy model to pose for the magazine in July 1976.
Broadcast Date: Aug. 2, 1957
Guest(s): Jayne Mansfield, Betty Milne
Announcer: Gil Christy
Host: Percy Saltzman, Joyce Davidson Duration: 25:22
Last updated: March 23, 2012
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