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Always 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 audiobook a collectors dream." - Kate Porter-Avery
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By Maureen Carlstrom on 08-16-17
A Journey Back In Time
Celebrity memoirs and biographies are among my favorites to read and listen to and this one made me feel as if I was being transported back to the Golden Age of Hollywood. I felt like I was sitting in my living room having coffee with a dear friend who was sharing her story of life, love, heartbreak and hope. Alexis Hunter writes with honesty, kindness and respect and Daniela Acitelli's deep, sultry voice and emotions made her the perfect match for this story. Her ability to make me laugh, cry and feel everything in between was incredible. What a tragically beautiful love story.
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By Normanay on 05-14-18
Definitely and extremely worth reading/listening
"Joi Lansing: A Body to Die For" is a work that has two distinct and equally valid sides to it, along with a myriad of various interesting sub-plots. All of these stories within the main story give strong insights into two very loving and loved souls and to the social tones of the early 1970's era.
First, there is the tragic, heart-rending love story between the bright, talented and beautiful Joi Lansing and the author, Alexis Rachel Hunter, and within it a collection of sets and settings that cover a multitude of colorful geographic locations. The imagery in the text is as photographic as the amazing collection of photographs contained in the center of the book version(worth buying for the photos alone).
Therefore, i recommend that Audible listeners also buy the book so that they can be privy to the collection of photos found within it.
I also am glad to have the hardcover as well as the Audible version because the book has well crafted liner notes by Kate Porter-Avery.
Then, there is the message that there are many doctors who have strayed from the Hippocratic "Do no harm" oath when it comes to needless hormonal and silicone inuections, unnecessary hormonal supplements, uppers and downers. And, of course, the message extends to the Hollywood "studio system," which fed the sins of the doctors. Tho it's evoloving, there still is a remnant of bad actions in the film industry; this fact makes the book even more timely. It is not a blanket slam on the medical profession, however. One of the important antagonists in this true story is the good Dr. Wilson, who fought the good fight to prolong life and quality of life for Joi as her sad physical condition progressed.
There are many good lessons in this work, on all levels from realistic to abstract. It will take you on an unforgettable journey and bring to light some aspects of life that we'd do well to know.
The narrator gives a perfect reading and her vocal interpretation is emotionally powerful.