Joan Collins was imported by Fox from Britain in 1955, as their answer to Metro's Elizabeth Taylor, another exquisite British rose who became the quintessential Hollywood superstar. Collins never quite rose above her also-ran status (until a little thing called Dynasty came along in the 1980's), and this photograph points up the studio's nonchalant attitude toward her: despite the glamorous flourishes (pink poodle, pink pillows, pink phone), there's a bizarrely "unfinished" feel to it all, as if the decorator were fired midway through the job.
The ultimate symbol of 1950's excess and extravagance, Jayne Mansfield's infamous Pink Palace was the ideal expression of Mansfield's uniquely, operatically bad (yet fabulous) taste, a shrine to rhinestone luxury totally befitting the Queen of Kitsch.
She never once played a villain; was a devout Roman Catholic who had seven children with her husband of over 50 years; and was the model of chaste, wholesome beauty in such films as State Fair (1945) and Cheaper By the Dozen (1950). Yet someone at Fox thought it fitting to photograph Jeanne Crain in a boudoir setting that made Jayne Mansfield's seem sedate.
Well, those seven kids had to come from somewhere.