Joi Lansing (born Joy Rae Brown, April 6, 1929 – August 7, 1972) was an American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer. She was noted for her pin-up photos and roles in B-movies, as well as a prominent role in the famous opening “tracking shot” in Orson Welles’ 1958 crime drama Touch of Evil.
A model and actress, Lansing was often cast in roles similar to those played by her contemporaries Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren. She frequently was clad in skimpy costumes and bikinis that accentuated her figure (34D bust), but she never posed nude. Publicity reports claimed that Lansing practiced yoga for relaxation, and as a devout Mormon, she did not drink alcohol, smoke tobacco, or use other drugs.
Lansing married Jerome “Jerry” Safron in 1950; the marriage was annulled.
She married Lance Fuller in 1951; the couple were divorced in 1953.
In 1960 she married Stan Todd.
Lansing died from breast cancer on August 7, 1972, at St. John’s Hospital, Santa Monica, California. She had been treated surgically for the disease two years earlier. She also suffered from severe anemia. While some press accounts gave her age as 37, she was actually 43 years old.
Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For, a 2015 memoir about Lansing’s last three years, was written by her companion Alexis Hunter.
A highly fictionalized version of Lansing appears in James Ellroy’s 2021 novel Widespread Panic. (Wikipedia)