Here's an article I wrote in March of 2010 for Hound Dawg PDF Issue 5 on lost pin up girl JOI LANSING...
Perhaps now viewed as a minor B movie cult star and classic 50s pin up girl, Lansing started her screen career alongside Orson Welles and ended it in obscure flicks like Hillbillys in a Haunted House. Joi Lansing was born Joyce Wassmandorff in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 6, 1928. By the late 1940s, she had made her way to Hollywood, where she began modelling assignments and making brief walk-ons in films. She made a brief appearance in the Orson Welles classic Touch of Evil, however, her film career didn't come to fruition, so she resumed her television career in a series of guest spots on the TV series The Beverly Hillbillies. In the fifties and sixties, Lansing was often compared to Jayne Mansfield and seen as something of a pin up, hence her appearances so often being scantily clad in movies. Other notable film roles included Hot Cars in 1956 and starring with Frank Sinatra in Marriage on the Rocks. By the mid 60s Lansing was working as a night club entertainer and singer while still making notable appearances on film. She shot her final film Bigfoot in late 1969, and the film was released in October 1970. Sadly, as her career was winding down Lansing was stricken with cancer and passed away on August 7, 1972, at age 44. She was survived by her fourth husband, to whom she'd been married since 1960 yet the couple had lived apart for years. Frank Sinatra is rumoured to have paid her medical bills after her death. Another interesting fact is that she was a Mormon, never drank or smoked and although she frequently shed her clobber, never posed nude. She is also the subject of Joseph Dougherty’s strange biopic paperback Comfort and Joi.