Jayne Mansfield Side-Eye: Sophia Loren Explains

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Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren share one of the most iconic and hilarious photos of a bygone era in Hollywood glamour.

In the photo, Loren is giving Jayne Mansfield's barely-contained assets a leery side-eye glance.

The look on her face; it's just so great!

We have seen some serious shade-throwing from Jayne Mansfield and Sophia Loren's modern counterparts, but nothing quite this amazing.

The look on her face, well, it just says it all. The message, Sophia Loren admits, is as clear as can be.

She told Entertainment Weekly about the fateful night the photo was taken. Loren was at one of her first Hollywood parties, meant to be her "baptism" into Hollywood culture.

The party was going well, but it was only when Jayne Mansfield entered the scene that things got real.

"She came right for my table. She knew everyone was watching. She sat down."

She continued, "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."

You really can see the fear!

However, while this photo is one of the most famous of Sophia Loren and it is the go-to when fans ask for an autograph, she doesn't out of respect for Jayne Mansfield.

"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."

Classy Sophia Loren! What do you think about this picture?

Lacy Langley
Lacy is a writer from Texas. She likes spending time in the home office, homeschooling her kids, playing the didgeridoo, caring for her chickens (Thelma and Louise), Rolos, Christmas, and Labyrinth.