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RIP Joan Staley

by Tom Lisanti
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So sad to hear of the passing of #JoanStaley. She was a Playboy Playmate and guest starred on many sixties TV shows and was a regular on The Lively Ones and Broadside. On the big screen she had small roles in Breakfast and Tiffany’s and Cape Fear. Her most remembered is arguably playing opposite #DonKnotts in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken which was a big box office hit. I interviewed Joan for my first book Fantasy Femmes of Sixties Cinema. Her most amusing quote was when she said that she told her agents, “practically every Joan in town [i.e. Joan Blackman and Joan O’Brien] has worked with #ElvisPresley but me and I knew him back when he was in Memphis!” Her snit worked and she landed a supporting role in Roustabout (female lead Joan Freeman) where she didn’t kiss but slapped the King.

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