A model and actress, Lansing was often cast in roles similar to those played by her contemporaries, Jayne Mansfield and Mamie Van Doren. She appeared in skimpy costumes and bikinis; yet, no nudes exist. Her measurements were 39 - 23 - 35.
In 1952 she played an uncredited role in the MGM blockbuster Singin' in the Rain. In the opening scene of Touch of Evil, directed by Orson Welles, she appeared as Zita, a dancer who dies at the end of the famous first tracking shot.
Producer Stanley Todd discussed a film project with Lansing in 1964. The film, which was never made, was tentatively titled Project 22. It was to have been shot on location in Yugoslavia. George Hamilton and Geraldine Chaplin were named to the cast. Busby Berkeley is thought to have been involved in the planning.
Lansing is best known for her role as Shirley Swanson on The Bob Cummings Show or Love That Bob (1956-1959). She appeared in several episodes as a busty model who was the foil for the photographer played by Cummings. The series ran for 173 episodes in the 1950s.
She appeared as the title character in "Superman's Wife," a 1958 episode of The Adventures of Superman. In the 1960–1961 season, Lansing appeared as Goldie in the NBC Western Klondike with costars Ralph Taeger, James Coburn, and Mari Blanchard.
In May 1963 Lansing appeared in Falcon Frolics '63. The broadcast honored missilemen stationed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base. By 1956 she had appeared in more than 200 television shows.
Lansing was sometimes referred to as television's Marilyn Monroe.
She broke into night club entertaining in 1965. She had taken up singing during an actors strike in the early 1960s.
In May 1965, Lansing cut her first record album. It was composed of a collection of songs written especially for her by composer Jimmie Haskel and actress Stella Stevens.
Lansing's father was a shoe salesman, Jack Glenn Brown, and her mother a housewife, Virginia Grace Shupe Brown. Lansing began modeling in her teens because of her figure.
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