Gorgeous actress and model Joi Lansing was born Joyce Brown (later, Loveland) in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 6, 1928 (some sources cite 1929 and 1935 as her year of birth). By the late 1940s, she had made her way to Hollywood, where she began modeling assignments and making brief walk-ons in films. In 1951, she married fellow actor Lance Fuller, soon after both had made brief appearances in the big-budget 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain. Fuller also acted in a number of B films throughout the 1950s, including This Island Earth with Faith Domergue and the Ed Wood-penned The Bride and the Beast. However, Lansing's marriage to Fuller was short-lived and ended in 1953. With her film career going nowhere fast, Lansing returned to modeling, for which her gorgeous figure came in handy.

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Various shots of Joi Lansing. More photos of Joi Lansing can be found in the Joi Lansing Gallery

Lansing's acting career finally took off in 1956, but the medium was television, not film; she landed a recurring role on TV's Love that Bob, starring Robert Cummings. She also made a number of guest shots on late 1950s TV shows, and even did a few commercials. When her role on Love that Bob ended, Lansing was soon offered another TV show, Klondike, which premiered in the fall of 1960. While appearing on TV programs, Lansing also had occasion to appear in a few films, such as Queen of Outer Space (1958; with Eric Fleming and Zsa Zsa Gabor). During the same year, she made a brief appearance in the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil, a film in which Gabor also appears. Still, however, her film career didn't come to fruition, so she resumed her television career in a series of guest spots on the CBS TV series The Beverly Hillbillies, where she appeared as Gladys Flatt.

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The Brave One (1956)

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From the touching RKO family drama The Brave One, shot in Mexico City

Hot Shots (1956)

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Lansing in a promotional photo from Hot Shots

The Bob Cummings Show (1955-1959 CBS and NBC TV Series)

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LEFT: With Robert Cummings on an episode of The Bob Cummings Show. Lansing portrayed Shirley Swanson for three seasons. In reruns, the series was retitled Love that Bob. RIGHT: CBS file photo of Lansing holding kewpie dolls

Hot Cars (1956)

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LEFT: With John Bromfield in the low-budget crime drama Hot Cars. RIGHT: As Karen Winter

Climax! (1954-1958 CBS TV Series)

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Lansing with Jack Lord in a June 6, 1957, episode of Climax! titled Mr. Runyon of Broadway

The Jack Benny Program (1950-1964 CBS TV Series)

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Lansing with Jack Benny and Danny Thomas on the February 8, 1959 episode of The Jack Benny Program entitled Jack Goes to a Nightclub

Who Was That Lady? (1960)

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Joi Lansing and Barbara Nichols portray sisters in the Columbia comedy Who Was That Lady?

Klondike (1960-1961 CBS TV Series)

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With Ralph Taeger on the short-lived series Klondike

The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971 CBS TV Series)

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Lansing as Gladys Flatt with Irene Ryan as Granny Clampett in a 1964 CBS promotional photo. Lansing made sporadic appearances on the series for five seasons

Marriage on the Rocks (1965)

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Lansing with Dean Martin in a scene from Marriage on the Rocks

Bigfoot (1970)

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Lansing starred alongside John Carradine in her last film, Bigfoot

later years

In 1965, Joi Lansing embarked on a singing career, which showcased her pleasant voice. She appeared in several Scopitones, which were the 1960s equivalent of music videos. She also made guest appearances on such popular 1960s programs as The Mothers in Law, which starred Deborah Walley and Eve Arden. In the late 1960s, Lansing briefly resumed her film career in such campy low-budget pictures as Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967), the sequel to Las Vegas Hillbillys (1966; with Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren). She lensed her final film Bigfoot (1970; with John Carradine and James Craig in late 1969. Lansing was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1970 and had a tumor removed. In early 1972, she learned that her cancer had returned. Sadly, Lansing passed away on August 7, 1972, of cancer at age 44. She was survived by her estranged fourth husband, Stan Todd, her mother, stepfather, and stepbrother.

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Bigfoot (1970) with John Carradine, Chris Mitchum, and James Craig
Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967) with Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Basil Rathbone, Ferlin Husky, and Merle Haggard
Marriage on the Rocks (1965) with Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin, Cesar Romero, and Nancy Sinatra
Who Was That Lady? (1960) with Barbara Nichols, Tony Curtis, Dean Martin, and Janet Leigh
A Hole in the Head (1959) with Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, and Keenan Wynn
The Atomic Submarine (1959) with Brett Halsey, Jean Moorhead, and Arthur Franz
Touch of Evil (1958) with Charlton Heston Orson Welles, Janet Leigh, Joanna Moore, Ray Collins, and Dennis Weaver
Queen of Outer Space (1958) with Zsa Zsa Gabor and Eric Fleming
The Brave One (1956) with Carlos Navarro
Hot Cars (1956) with John Bromfield, Mark Dana, and Dabbs Greer
Hot Shots (1956) with Huntz Hall, Robert Shayne, and Mark Dana
So You Think the Grass Is Greener (1956) with George O'Hanlon, Jane Frazee, and Del Moore
So You Want to Be a Policeman (1955) with George O'Hanlon
So You Want to Be a V.P. (1955) with George O'Hanlon, Del Moore, and Minerva Urecal
So You Want to Be On a Jury (1955) with George O'Hanlon
So You're Taking in a Roomer (1954) with George O'Hanlon, Jane Frazee, and Herb Vigran
So You Want to Go to a Nightclub (1954) with George O'Hanlon, Jane Frazee, and Del Moore
The French Line (1954) with Jane Russell, Gilbert Roland, and Craig Stevens
The Merry Widow (1952)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
FBI Girl (1951) with Cesar Romero, George Brent, Audrey Totter, Tom Drake, and Raymond Burr
On the Riviera (1951) with Danny Kaye, Gene Tierney, Corinne Calvet, and Mari Blanchard
Pier 23 (1951) with Hugh Beaumont, Edward Brophy, Mike Mazurki, Peter Mamakos, and Ann Savage
Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Easter Parade (1948)
The Counterfeiters (1948)
Julia Misbehaves (1948)

The Beverly Hillbillies, 1962-1971 CBS TV Series. Lansing had a recurring role as Gladys Flatt from 1963-1968.
Klondike, 1960-1961 NBC TV Series. Also in the regular cast were Ralph Taeger, James Coburn, and Mari Blanchard
Love That Bob, 1955-1959 CBS and NBC TV Series. Lansing had a recurring role as Shirley Swanson from 1956-1959

The Governor & J.J., episode P.S. I Don't Love You, originally aired December 16, 1970
The Mothers-In-Law, episode Take Her, He's Mine, originally aired March 23, 1969
Petticoat Junction, episode Steve, the Apple Polisher, originally aired January 13, 1968
Rawhide, episode Incident at El Crucero, originally aired October 10, 1963
The Joey Bishop Show, episode Joey Leaves Ellie, originally aired January 26, 1963
Mr. Lucky, episode Election Bet, originally aired June 18, 1960
The Dennis O'Keefe Show, episode Follow That Mink, originally aired February 9, 1960
The Untouchables, episode The Noise of Death, originally aired January 14, 1960
This Man Dawson, episode Accessory to Murder, originally aired 1960
Bat Masterson, episode No Funeral for Thorn, originally aired October 22, 1959
G.E. True Theater, episode Night Club, originally aired October 11, 1959
Markham, episode Forty-Two on a Rope, originally aired July 11, 1959
Richard Diamond, Private Detective, episode Jukebox, originally aired May 10, 1959
The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, episode Lucy Wants a Career, originally aired April 13, 1959
The Jack Benny Program, episode Jack Goes to Nightclub, originally aired February 8, 1959
Sea Hunt, episode Monte Cristo, originally aired February 1, 1959
Maverick, episode Seed of Deception, originally aired April 13, 1958
Adventures of Superman, episode Superman's Wife, originally aired March 31, 1958
Mike Hammer, episode Lead Ache, originally aired March 14, 1958
Studio 57, episode The Starmaker, originally aired March 11, 1958
State Trooper, episode The Case of the Happy Dragon, originally aired March 1, 1958
Sugarfoot, episode Bullet Proof, originally aired January 21, 1958
Perry Mason, episode The Case of the Crimson Kiss, originally aired November 9, 1957
Climax!, episode Mr. Runyon of Broadway, originally aired June 6, 1957
The People's Choice, episode The Sophisticates, originally aired May 30, 1957
Playhouse 90, episode If You Knew Elizabeth, originally aired April 11, 1957
December Bride, episode Study Group, originally aired February 4, 1957
The Gale Storm Show (TV series), episode Girls! Girls! Girls!, originally aired January 5, 1957
Noah's Ark, episode A Girl's Best Friend, originally aired December 11, 1956
Conflict, episode The Magic Brew, originally aired October 16, 1956
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre, episode Shoot the Moon, originally aired March 20, 1956
Celebrity Playhouse, episode Bachelor Husband, originally aired January 31, 1956
Cavalcade of America, episode Star and Shield, originally aired January 24, 1956
The Star and the Story , episode The Difficult Age, originally aired January 21, 1956
Cavalcade of America, episode The Prison Within, originally aired January 17, 1956
It's a Great Life, episode Beauty Contest, originally aired January 8, 1956
The People's Choice, episode Sock Hires Mandy, originally aired November 24, 1955
Four Star Playhouse, episode Here Comes the Suit, originally aired November 17, 1955
The Ford Television Theatre, episode A Smattering of Bliss, originally aired November 17, 1955
Four Star Playhouse, episode The Devil to Pay, originally aired November 10, 1955
December Bride, episode Ruth Neglects Matt, originally aired October 24, 1955
It's a Great Life, episode The Hospital, originally aired April 5, 1955
December Bride, episode Jealousy, originally aired February 21, 1955
So This Is Hollywood, episode He Done Her Wrong, originally aired February 5, 1955
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, episode To the Highest Bidder, originally aired January 30, 1955
G.E. True Theater, episode The Face Is Familiar, originally aired November 21, 1954
The Lone Wolf, episode The Mexico Story, originally aired 1954
I Led 3 Lives, episode Deportation, originally aired 1954
Meet Corliss Archer, episode Harry and the Soap Opera Queen, originally aired 1954
Gang Busters, episode The Suma Case, originally aired 1952
Racket Squad, episode The Home Wreckers, originally aired March 13, 1952

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