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

By Kellar Ellsworth
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.