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Overview (4)

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (breast cancer)
Birth NameJoyce Renee Brown
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Joi Lansing was born Joyce Renee Brown on April 6, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a young lady who developed, physically, early as a teen. Because of her striking good looks, she began to model and was extremely successful throughout the 1940s. It was only natural that her physical assets eventually landed her on the silver screen. Her first go at films occurred in 1948 with roles as - what else? - a model in The Counterfeiters (1948), Julia Misbehaves (1948) and Easter Parade (1948). She was 20 years old. Her acting wasn't exactly polished in the beginning, but producers did not care - she was hired because of her looks and her body.

The following year brought more of the same, getting parts (mostly uncredited) in films as nothing more than a showpiece. Joi took a hiatus from films in 1950 while she concentrated on her modeling career. She returned to the big screen in 1951 to play minor roles, but this time it was a little better. She played Susan Matthews in F.B.I. Girl (1951) and Marilyn Turner in On the Riviera (1951) - at least she had names to go along with her characters. Then it was back to being a showpiece. In 1952, she had an uncredited role in one of the most popular movies of all time, Singin' in the Rain (1952). Another minor role as the Maxim Girl in The Merry Widow (1952) followed. She began appearing on television in 1955 when she played in an episode of Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1951) and one of I Love Lucy (1951) the following year.

In 1955, Joi landed a recurring role as Shirley Swanson in the television series The Bob Cummings Show (1955). It was this series that proved to all that Joi could, indeed, act and act well. Because of this series, she began to get a few more substantial parts in films such as The Brave One (1956), Hot Cars (1956) and So You Think the Grass Is Greener (1956), all in 1956. Then it was back to bit roles. For the balance of the 1950s, she continued to appear in B movies with less than quality roles. After appearing in the comedy film Who Was That Lady? (1960), Joi landed the role of Goldie in the television series Klondike (1960). However, most viewers remember her as the wife of Lester Flatt on the situation comedy The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), which she appeared on and off from 1965-1968.

As Gladys Flatt, her beauty even surpassed that of Elly May Clampett, played by Donna Douglas. Her film career was winding down and she appeared as Boots Malone in the B movie Hillbillys in a Haunted House (1967), which went nowhere. Joi Lansing was diagnosed with breast cancer, and died at age 43 on August 7, 1972 in Santa Monica, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson

Spouse (3)

Stanley Laurence Todd (5 August 1960 - 7 August 1972) ( her death)
Lance Fuller (10 February 1951 - 12 November 1953) ( divorced)
Jerome "Jerry" Safron (4 March 1950 - 29 August 1950) ( annulled)

Trade Mark (4)

Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Lisp, breathless voice

Trivia (11)

Was considered for a continuing character role in the television series Adventures of Superman (1952) after the success of her role as "Superman's Wife" in the final season, filmed in the fall of 1957, but the series was canceled.
"Chicago Tribune" columnist Toni Remineh was her press agent at one time.
Was considered for the role of Miss Casswell in All About Eve (1950), which eventually went to Marilyn Monroe.
Known as a Hollywood party girl, among her many flings were Mickey Rooney, George Raft and Frank Sinatra.
Was married four times. Her first marriage occurred at age 17 but lasted less than a year. Her second, to Columbia Pictures sales manager Jerry Safron, was over within four months. Her third, to actor Lance Fuller, ended in separation and divorce after only a year and a half. She was long estranged from fourth husband Stan Todd, an investment broker who became her manager, by the time she died of breast cancer in 1972.
As Joy Loveland, she began posing as early as age 13, and attended MGM's studio talent school at age 17.
Her parents, Jack Glenn Brown, a shoe salesman, and Virginia Grace (Shupe) Brown, were devout Mormons. They divorced when Joy was young and her mother later married Vernon Loveland, who adopted her.
Was considered for the role of Venus De Marco in the horror film The Ice House (1969), which went to Sabrina.
Was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6259 Hollywood Blvd. on February 8, 1960.
Interred at Pierce Brothers Santa Paula Cemetery, in Santa Paula, CA. Section N, Lot 444.
In 1958, she was directed in two films by Orson Welles - in "Touch Of Evil" (as a stripper) and the half-hour TV movie "The Fountain Of Youth" (as an actress).

Salary (1)

The Atomic Submarine (1959) $250

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