Joi Lansing: 'Beverly Hillbillies' Gladys Flatt And All-Around TV Bombshell

By | April 5, 2021

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Joi Lansing, 1950's. (Photo by Film Favorites/Getty Images)

Joi Lansing was an actress and model popular in the age of the blonde bombshells, and while she didn't threaten the "Three Ms" -- Monroe, Mansfield and Mamie (Van Doren) -- she did amass an impressive number of acting credits on TV series of the '50s and '60s. Her highest-profile TV job was portraying Gladys Flatt, the sexpot wife of Lester Flatt on The Beverly Hillbillies. Though her TV appearances and pinup photos earned her legions of male fans, Lansing was unlucky in love, and died fairly young. This is her story.

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Lansing became a B-movie bombshell. (BmovieBombshell)

In addition to her pinup and TV work -- which included appearances in over 100 episodes of scripted series -- Lansing appeared in upwards of 40 films. Many of these roles were classifiable as eye candy, including uncredited turns as "girl on beach" or "model," and some of her more substantial roles occurred in B-movies. But movie buffs will certainly remember Lansing from Orson Welles' Touch Of Evil. She appears in the infamous opening tracking shot in, delivering line, “I keep hearing this ticking noise inside my head!” The accumulation of credits with a handful of memorable moments helped earn her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Of course, Lansing’s films always took advantage of her to-die-for body, however, the iconic blonde from Salt Lake City never posed nude in her career despite many overtures.