Friday, April 1, 2016

#31 Joi Lansing

The stereotypical '50s blonde bombshell, Joi Lansing extended her shtick into the '60s and even the '70s. Not a bad actress, she ended her career just over 100 credits (albeit with many of those in TV). Joi was also a decent singer, and had a popular nightclub act. You have to check out her "Scopitones" – '60s version of music videos – on YouTube.


Embarrassing Real Name
  • Joy Brown
  • Joyce Wassmansdorff  (her stepfather’s name)

Embarrassing Real Birthplace:  Salt Lake City

Cheesy Pageant Titles
  • Miss Hollywood
  • Miss Armed Forces Day of the World
  • Queen of Candy

Embarrassing Movies
  • So, You’re Taking in a Roomer
  • Hot Cars *
  • Terror at Midnight
  • Queen of Outer Space
  • Hillbillies in a Haunted Mansion *
* - author has seen

Embarrassing Taglines
  • Violence! Guilt! Drama! 
  • SEE! War of the planets! Astounding she-beasts of Venus!
  • A Stop-at-Nothing Blonde ... A Buck-Hungry Guy ... A Red-Hot Racket ... Slam the Screen Head-On!
  • The Screen's Spectacular Inferno of the Battle for Civilization!

Embarrassing Characters
  • Blonde in Bar
  • Blonde Bathing Beauty
  • Blonde Babysitter
  • Blonde Roomer
  • Blonde Getting Ticket
  • The Blonde

Number of Marriages:  4

Shortest Marriage:  4 months

Unlikely Spouses & Boyfriends
  • Lance Fuller (Ed Wood favorite)
  • George Raft
  • George Jessel
  • Frank Sinatra
  • Howard Hughes
  • Mickey Rooney

Whiffs of Scandal:  
  • First marriage at age 17
  • Second marriage was to someone who was not yet divorced
  • Possible lesbian affair

Untimely Demise:  43, of breast cancer

Interesting Tidbits
  • Signed at MGM at age 14
  • Devout Mormon
  • Referred to as the "Marilyn Monroe of television"
  • Never posed nude
  • Early devotee of yoga

Where can I learn more?

Nice hat


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