She arrived for a quickie Juarez divorce from muscleman husband Mickey Hargitay.
Wearing a simple yellow dress, brown sable stole and carrying a tiny Chihuahua dog, the glamorous actress said it wouldn't be proper for her to say if she has a romantic interest in anyone right now.
"The reason is, I'm still married," she said.
Sardelli, who was described as her announcer, was extremely attentive to Miss Mansfield.
He wouldn't comment on a rumored romance.
But others in the party hinted that Sardelli is indeed a current romantic interest.
Miss Mansfield was asked if she would marry again.
"Sure," she said. "I can't say definitely now. But in the future I certainly hope to.” Miss Mansfield didn’t say whom she might marry.
Miss Mansfield said she and Mickey, her husband, of five years, could not live harmoniously together.
“Last May I filed suit for the first time in California,” she said. “My husband asked me to withdraw it. So I did.” She explained she went to Rome to make a movie, called “Panic Button.”
While she was in Rome, she filed for a separation suit, but later returned to Mickey.
“Our paths in life might be smoother separately,” she said. “It is better for our children than for us to stay together not in harmony.”
She explained her first suit charged “cruelty,” she said. “I have nothing but respect and admiration for Mickey and I wish him all the success in the world.
“But if you can’t get along together, there is no reason for continuing the marriage.”
She said she does not blame the movies or our careers in the movies for the break in the marriage.
“It’s as easy to be happy in Hollywood following a career there as it is for a bus driver and his wife to be happy anywhere,” she said.
Miss Mansfield has two children by Hargitay. They are Miklos, 4, and Zoltan, 2. The children are with Miss Mansfield’s mother, Mrs. Harry Peers in Dallas. Her daughter Jayne Marie, 12, is in Los Angeles with her first husband, Paul Mansfield.
Miss Mansfield said she is leaving this afternoon for Los Angeles to do a Jack Benny show and meet the co-star of her next picture, Freddie Quinn.
“He is supposed to be the Elvis Presley of Germany,” she explained.
She will go to Germany May 20 to start work on the film, which will be a musical. She said three of her pictures are to be released soon. They are “Panic Button,” “Las Vegas by Night,” and “Promises, Promises.”
The suit filed today will charge incompatibility. This is also standard and grounds meaning nothing. The out of court settlement regarding children and property has already been made.
Miss Mansfield and Sardelli spent last night in Dallas with Mrs. Peers and Miss Mansfield’s stepfather, Harry Peers. Her secretary, Russell Ray, also accompanied her.
Miss Mansfield was greeted at the airport by American Airlines officials, Sales Manager Dan Dengart of the Hilton Hotel and newsmen.
From the airport she went to the Hilton, where she had reserved the Presidential Suite. She went to Juarez after freshening up, to get her divorce, and was to leave at 5 p.m. today.
As a Texan, Miss Mansfield measures up to Texas standards and has been the despair of fashion designers trying to achieve a flat-chested look. Her measurements are 40-22-35 ½.
After invading Hollywood she attracted first attention in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” The movieland press asked, “Will she be a new box office darling or just another bust?” Soon she was being called the “smartest dumb blond” who ever roped in Broadway and Hollywood, and he publicist recalled that she was a B average student for three years at Southern Methodist University, University of Texas, and UCLA.
Her first starring film was “The Girl Can’t Help It.” In 1960 she made “The Misfits.”
Judge Miguel Gomez Guerra this afternoon granted a divorce to Jayne Mansfield from Mickey Hargitay.
Immediately afterwards her escort, Nelson Sardelli, Brazilian born entertainer, said he and Miss Mansfield "Hope to
marry in the near future."
He said, "We are very much in love. She loves me. She plays on the strings of my heart." He is a native of Brazil of Italian extraction. He is & singer, entertainer and actor and has appeared with her.
Jayne sat and listened and didn't say anything. After the divorce they went back to the Hilton and prepared to leave for Los Angeles.