My friend Alexis Hunter has written a deeply touching and heartfelt look into the tragic life of Joi Lansing, a beautiful movie star who died all too soon. Beside being a cautionary tale about silicone injections and body modifications, it is also a moving love story. Alexis' skill at storytelling and her profound personal courage have created a book impossible to put down.
- Mamie Van Doren
Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For colorfully chronicles personal and intimate details of the last four years of the talented ‘50’s “blonde bombshell”s tar’s fascinating life. After three decades of successful TV and movie appearances and Vegas singing stardom, Ms. Lansing died far too young at just 43. Though her funeral was attended by luminaries of the day (Frank Sinatra sent a huge floral display), her light went out relatively unceremoniously.Always just on the verge of “making it big,” Joi packed them in with standing room only in Vegas, but when the curtain came down and the audience was gone,who was she? Sadly, the one relationship where she was loved for the sweet,gentle woman she really was, the friendship that might have given her the strength to finally cross the finish line for that one moment of glory for which she had run since she began in show business as a little girl of 14, was ended at her death from breast Cancer in the arms of her dear friend, “Rachel.”
Author Alexis Hunter (“friend/baby sister”) was the only person who really knew Joi and knew how she struggled with a suicide-obsessed self-image and deadly drug problem after being a child star at MGM where “uppers” were a common way to keep the kids working 20 hour days.
“Stunning black and white photos of Lansing by Maurice Seymour, the era’s Superstar Photographer, make this book a collectors dream.”
Dear Alex, The press you are getting for your book just keeps getting bigger and better. I am so happy for you, and you know that your beloved Joi is, too. I have told you more than once that yours is an important work, and I mean it just as much today. Somehow, it is more than just the story of your and Joi's love and life together. it is much, much more than that. Maybe the full meaning and the full importance of the book will not even be known right away. But, rest assured, it WILL stand the test of time. It is a breakthrough book; a singular story that to my knowledge, has never been quite told the way you have told it. I hope you are warmed and fulfilled by every glowing tribute to your work, and to your and Joi's love. Please keep sharing these wonderful reviews with me. I am proud of you, and happy beyond measure for you, too.
John O'Dowd, author of Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye: The Barbara Payton Story, also available here at BearManor Media