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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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Lansing's 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.
In 1965, Joi Lansing embarked on a singing career, which showcased her pleasant voice. She appeared in several Scopitones, which were the 1960's 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 stricken with breast cancer in 1970 and had a tumor removed. Two years later, she learned that her cancer had returned. 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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Image via Fabulous Hollywood MemoriesNichols was born as Barbara Marie Nickerauer in Queens, New York. She began modeling for pinup magazines in the late 1940's. In the mid-1950s, she moved to Hollywood and began appearing regularly in second leads in a number of films including Miracle in the Rain (1956),The King and Four Queens (1956), The Naked and the Dead (1958), The Pajama Game (1957),Pal Joey (1957), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), That Kind of Woman (1958), Where the Boys Are (1960).
On Broadway, she appeared in the 1952 revival of Pal Joey and in Let It Ride (1961).
Nichols was a popular model in cheesecake magazines of the era and was considered a minor rival to Marilyn Monroe, along with Jayne Mansfield, Mamie Van Doren, Cleo Moore, Greta Thyssen, Diana Dors and Sheree North. Unlike the rest, Nichols rarely starred in films, but had showy supporting roles in A-films starring such actors as Clark Gable, Susan Hayward, Sophia Loren, and Doris Day. One of her few starring roles was in the 1965 science fiction film The Human Duplicators.
Nichols was also a frequent guest star on many television series including It's a Great Life, The Jack Benny Television Show, The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, Batman, and The Beverly Hillbillies. Her last film was Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood in 1976.
Barbara Nichols died at age 47 on October 5, 1976.
Norma Ann Sykes (born 19 May 1936), better known as Sabrina, was a 1950s English glamour model who progressed to a minor movie career. Her main claim to fame was her hourglass figure of prodigious breasts coupled with a tiny 17" waist. Sabrina had a natural waist-hip ratio of 0.47, from the waist measurement of 17" and her hips at 36" when she first started modelling, although she deliberately filled out in later years when advised by several model agencies. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, Sabrina was called: "The British Jayne Mansfield".
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Born in Stockport, Cheshire, she moved to London in 1952 as a sixteen-year-old, and did some nude modelling, the evidence of which she later tried to destroy. In 1955, she was chosen to play a dumb blonde sidekick in Arthur Askey's new ITV series, Before Your Very Eyes, and this soon made her a household name. The Goon Showscripts are littered with references to her bosom such as "by the measurements of Sabrina!" and "by the sweaters of Sabrina!" British aircrews of the 1950s Royal Air Force dubbed some versions of the Hawker Hunter fighter plane, "Sabrinas" due to two large humps on the underside of the aircraft.
In the late 1950s the British truck manufacturer ERF produced a semi-forward control HGV with a short protruding bonnet – those vehicles were also nicknamed "Sabrinas" because they had "a little more in front."
She made her motion-picture debut in Stock Car, in 1955. She then appeared in a small role in the 1956 film, Ramsbottom Rides Again. In her third movie role, Blue Murder at St Trinian's (1957) she had a non-speaking role in which, despite sharing equal billing with the star Alastair Simon posters and appearing in many publicity stills in school uniform, she was required only to sit up in bed wearing a nightdress, reading a book while the action took place around her.
Her penultimate movie role was in the horror movie The Ice House (1969), as a replacement for Jayne Mansfield who had died in a car crash two years before. Her last film was a year later in the western, The Phantom Gunslinger (1970) where she starred alongside the late Troy Donahue.
In 1967, she married Dr Harold Melsheimer, a Hollywood plastic surgeon though they divorced ten years later. She currently lives in Hollywood.
Gregg SherwoodDora Mae Sherwood, better known as Gregg Sherwood-Dodge, was an American socialite and actress. She was born in New York City on October 21, 1923 but moved to Beloit, Wisconsin with her mother when she was three years old.
In the early 1940s, Sherwood enrolled in a New York modeling school and participated in beauty pageants. In 1950, she was crowned Queen of the North Carolina Azalea Festival. Sherwood landed some minor film roles between 1948 and 1953 but never achieved any measure of stardom.
When she married Horace Dodge Jr. heir to the Dodge automobile family fortune in 1953, she had already been divorced twice. The couple lead an extravagant lifestyle with most of his fortune gone when Horace Dodge died in 1963.
In 1979 Sherwood was arrested after embezzling money from her sons trust fund. She spent the last years of her life in Palm Beach, Florida, where she died on May 27, 2011.