biography

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) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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

Hot Shots (1956) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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Lansing in a promotional photo from Hot Shots

The Bob Cummings Show (1955-1959 CBS and NBC TV Series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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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) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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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) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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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) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Joi Lansing and Dean Martin

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

Bigfoot (1970) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Joi Lansing and John Carradine

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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TELEVISION
Love That Bob, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Includes five episodes. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Love That Bob, Vol. 2 [DVD] DVD
Includes five episodes. Standard; Soundtrack: English. Plays All Regions.
Gang Busters [DVD] DVD
Ten episodes--including "Durable Mike," "The Burl Case," "Alvin Karpis," "Dillinger," and "The Suma Case"--are featured in a two-disc set. 4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Adventures Of Superman: The Complete Fifth And Sixth Seasons [DVD](1957) DVD
All 13 episodes from the fifth season and all 13 episodes from the sixth and final season--including "Peril in Paris," "The Stolen Elephant," "Whatever Goes Up," "The Last Knight," and "All That Glitters"--are featured in a five-disc set. 11 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; featurette.
Perry Mason: Season 1, Vol. 1 [DVD](1957) DVD
The first 19 episodes from the series's debut season-including "The Case of the Restless Redhead," "The Case of the Angry Mourner," "The Case of the Crimson Kiss," "The Case of the Fan Dancer's Horse," and "The Case of the Haunted Husband"-are featured in a five-disc set. 16 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **19 episodes on 5 discs. 16 2/3 hrs.**

FILM
Take Me Out To The Ball Game [DVD](1949) DVD
Fast and fun turn-of-the-century musical teams Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly as baseball players trying to deal with their team's new female owner (Esther Williams). The score includes "O'Brien to Ryan to Goldberg"; Betty Garrett, Edward Arnold, Jules Munshin co-star under Busby Berkeley's direction. 93 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; deleted scenes; theatrical trailers; scene access.
Forgotten Noir: Collector's Set Series Two [DVD] DVD
Three-disc set includes "Tough Assignment," "Fingerprints Don't Lie," "F.B.I. Girl," "Mask of the Dragon," "I'll Get You," and "The Man from Cairo."
F.B.I. Girl (1951)/Tough Assignment [DVD](1949) DVD
Cesar Romero doesn't joke around as a federal agent assigned to get the goods on a crime ring, and Audrey Totter is the "F.B.I. Girl" working in the identification division who lends her expertise to try and nab the group's leader (Raymond Burr). George Brent co-stars. Then, a daring reporter takes on a "Tough Assignment," going undercover to bring down a modern-day cattle rustling operation. With Don "Red" Barry, Marjorie Steele, Steve Brodie. 143 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Hot Cars [DVD](1956) DVD
John Bromfield plays a man of conscience whose son desperately needs an operation he cannot afford. To earn the money, he maintains his job at a used car dealership even after he learns they are involved in the sale of stolen vehicles. When the law closes in on the establishment, the morally compromised father finds himself in even deeper trouble after he is framed for the murder of a police officer. Joi Lansing, Carol Shannon, Ralph Clanton co-star. 61 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
The Brave One [DVD](1956) DVD
This simple and charming drama about a Mexican boy's efforts to save his beloved pet bull from a certain death in the arena was marked by controversy (blacklisted scripter Dalton Trumbo, writing under a pseudonym, won an Academy Award), but remains a warm story for the entire family. Michel Ray, Rodolfo Hoyos star. Restored, remastered edition; 100 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby stereo; scene access.
The Bowery Boys, Vol. 3 [DVD] DVD
Slip (Leo Gorcey) helps his newly paroled cousin steer clear of car thieves in "Angels' Alley" (1948). The $50k that the boys find in the gutter turns out to be "Jinx Money" (1948) when it's linked to a dead gambler. The boys become "Angels in Disguise" (1949) when they dress like hoods to infiltrate a mob. Sach (Huntz Hall) inherits a farm in hillbilly country, and the boys get caught between "Feudin' Fools" (1952). Sach's new fuel makes a muscle car out of Slip's "Jalopy" (1953). The gang becomes "Paris Playboys" (1954) when Sach is mistaken for a French scientist and kidnapped. Suckered into buying a worthless mine, the boys set out to "Dig That Uranium" (1956). The boys try "Crashing Las Vegas" (1956) once an accident renders Sach psychic. The boys prove themselves "Hot Shots" (1956) at taming a spoiled child star. A hidden fortune in a haunted house turns the boys into "Spook Chasers" (1957). Sach reminisces about "Looking For Danger" (1957) as a spy in WWII Africa. Sach literally sells his soul to the Devil for racetrack tips in "Up In Smoke" (1957). 12 1/2 hrs total on four discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Touch Of Evil [Blu-ray](1958)
Orson Welles' twisting cinematic gem of style and suspense is set in a seedy Mexican border town, where a murder investigation puts newly married Mexican narcotics cop Charlton Heston at odds with corrupt U.S. lawman Welles. Janet Leigh, Akim Tamiroff, Joseph Calleia, and Marlene Dietrich also star. This two-disc set includes the restored 1998 re-release version of the film, featuring the editing and musical alterations Welles suggested in a 58-page memo to the studio, as well as the original theatrical cut and a special "preview version" of the film. 111 min./96 min./109 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English DTS HD mono Master Audio; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary by Heston, Leigh, more; featurette; theatrical trailer.
Touch Of Evil (50th Anniversary Edition) [DVD](1958) DVD
Orson Welles' twisting cinematic gem of style and suspense is set in a seedy Mexican border town, where a murder investigation puts newly married Mexican narcotics cop Charlton Heston at odds with corrupt U.S. lawman Welles. Janet Leigh, Akim Tamiroff, Joseph Calleia, and Marlene Dietrich also star. This 50th anniversary two-disc set includes the restored 1998 re-release version of the film featuring the editing and musical alterations Welles suggested in a 58-page memo to the studio, as well as the original theatrical cut and a special "preview version" of the film. 111 min./96 min./109 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary with Heston, Leigh, more; featurette; theatrical trailer.
Queen Of Outer Space [DVD](1958) DVD
Camp masterpiece about a group of astronauts who land on Venus and discover a civilization populated by voluptuous women, including chief scientist Zsa Zsa Gabor. And you thought the Beverly Hills Police Department was in trouble! Eric Fleming, Paul Birch, Laurie Mitchell co-star; the script was inspired by a Ben Hecht story. 80 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Frank Sinatra Film Collection [DVD] DVD
First, in "The Pride and Passion" (1957), a British naval officer (Cary Grant) and a guerrilla (Frank Sinatra) must retrieve a huge cannon abandoned by Spanish troops in order to use it against Napoleon's army. Sophia Loren co-stars. "Kings Go Forth" (1958) stars Sinatra and Tony Curtis as soldiers stationed in France during World War II, and Natalie Wood as the woman with whom both men fall in love. Director Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head" (1959) casts Sinatra as a Florida hotelier who's trying to keep from losing his business and his 12-year-old son; includes the Oscar-winning song "High Hopes." "Cast a Giant Shadow" (1966) focuses on the life of Mickey Marcus (Kirk Douglas), the American war hero recruited by Israel to help strengthen their army against warring Arabs. Sinatra, John Wayne also star. And, Sinatra is a cop assigned to investigate the murder of a prominent gay man, in "The Detective" (1968). With Lee Remick. Ten-disc set also includes "Can-Can," "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "Von Ryan's Express," "Tony Rome," and "Lady In Cement." 20 hrs. total. Standard/Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Monsters And Madmen [DVD] DVD
First, "The Haunted Strangler" (1957) stars Boris Karloff as a novelist who has a startling revelation while investigating the case of the notorious "Haymarket Strangler," a man responsible for a series of gruesome murders. With Jean Kent, Elizabeth Allan. AKA: "Grip of the Strangler." Then, a 19th-century British doctor (Karloff) experimenting with anesthetics becomes addicted to his new drug and is later blackmailed by two Burke-and-Hare types to assist in their graverobbing, in "Corridors of Blood" (1958). Co-stars Christopher Lee. Next, "The Atomic Submarine" (1959) journeys to the North Pole to find the cause of disasters occurring in the world's oceans and finds a UFO controlled by a cyclopean creature on a mission of world destruction. Arthur Franz, Dick Foran, Tom Conway, and Sid Melton star. And, an American test pilot becomes the "First Man Into Space" (1959), only to turn into a hideous monster, in an early blending of horror and space-age sci-fi. Marshall Thompson, Maria Landi star. 5 1/4 hrs. total on four discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English; audio commentary; interviews; photo gallery; theatrical trailers; more.
Dean Martin Double Feature [DVD] DVD
First, in "How to Save a Marriage (And Ruin Your Life)" (1968), Dean Martin shines as a lawyer who discovers that his best friend is having an affair. Trying to save his pal's marriage by seducing his buddy's mistress, Dino makes matters worse when he woos the wrong woman. With Stella Stevens, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson. Then, in "Who Was That Lady?" (1960), Martin helps married college professor pal Tony Curtis cook up an explanation when his wife (played by Curtis' then real-life spouse Janet Leigh) catches him smooching a student. But when the ruse gets out of hand, a series of wacky adventures ensues. James Whitmore, John McIntire co-star. 3 1/2 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English.
Frank Sinatra: The Golden Years [DVD] DVD
Frank Sinatra is unforgettable as Frankie Machine, "The Man with the Golden Arm" (1955), a jazz drummer/poker dealer trying to break his heroin addiction, in a groundbreaking drama from Otto Preminger. Co-stars Kim Novak, Eleanor Parker. The quintessential Fifties romantic comedy "The Tender Trap" (1955) features Frank as a hip bachelor whose ways with the women impress his pal (David Wayne) from Indiana. Sinatra's lifestyle is put to the test when he meets Debbie Reynolds, an ingenue who insists he drop his other girlfriends. Celeste Holm, Lola Albright and Carolyn Jones also star. Would-be writer Sinatra returns to his Indiana hometown and finds that the idealized surface of the community covers a multitude of deceptions and lies, in "Some Came Running" (1958). Shirley MacLaine, Dean Martin co-star. Love, romance and marit al status get complicated in "Marriage on the Rocks" (1965), a comical romp starring Frank and Deborah Kerr as a long-married couple who go to Mexico to enliven their relationship. When Sinatra is called back home for business, he enlists the help of swinging pal Martin to care for Kerr. Little does he know that they're former lovers. Five-disc set also includes "None But The Brave." 9 2/3 hrs. total.
Hillbillys In A Haunted House [DVD](1967) DVD
Ghosts meet grits as two country-and-western singers stop at an abandoned mansion filled with spooks. Ferlin Husky, Joi Lansing, John Carradine, Lon Chaney, Basil Rathbone star. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; scene access.
Bigfoot [DVD](1970) DVD
A junk trader (John Carradine) hoping to bag everyone's favorite man-monster ventures into the Pacific Northwest, joining forces with the local sheriff and a motorcycle gang trying to rescue two foxy babes abducted by a herd (brood? gaggle?) of shaggy, forest-dwelling creatures. Buxom women, bikers, beasts, and a cast that also includes Joi Lansing, Chris Mitchum, Lyndsay Crosby, and B-western hero Ken Maynard...what more could you want? 84 min. Soundtrack: English.

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filmography

FILM
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)

TELEVISION SERIES
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

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
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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