Joy Langstaff: A Brief Q&A Profile

Joy Langstaff: A Brief Q&A
Joy Langstaff: A Brief Q&A
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An Interview with Joy Langstaff - Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen's Quarterly Newsletter (Excerpt)
Barbara Joy Langstaff was one of the numerous blondes whom was frequently seen on television, but never achieved true stardom. She was born on February 20, 1935 in Bronson, Iowa to Archie Raymond Langstaff and Olive Kingsbury. As a child, she moved to Burbank, California where she was active in the Girl Scouts. After graduating from Burbank High School in June 1952, she began modeling apparel, furniture, and vehicles. She was hired by the National Broadcasting Company to appear in commercials. She was a recurring dancer on the Colgate Comedy Hour before being signed by Howard Hughes, where she would appear in Son of Sinbad (1955). She posed for magazines before retiring early. She is retired and lives in Forest, Virginia. She was happy to do a one-on-one interview with me, and she was a wealth of information.
Q: How did you get your start in modeling?
A: Shortly before a got my diploma, I was in a contest at an event called Glendale's Days of the Verdugos. I was one of the finalists to be queen of the event. I didn't win, but I was approached by a representative of a modeling agency. I was signed afterwards.
Q: Where did you study dance?
A: I didn't take courses in dance. I was credited as a dancer in a lot of gigs that I did, but I was never trained. I had enough ability to fake it. I was naturally flexible and I learned choreography quickly. I also used to watch a lot of dancers when I was a child.
Q: When did others discover your dancing ability.
A: I went to a ballet audition just for the heck of it. The director asked me to do an arabesque and atour jete. I didn't know how to do that, so I did my own routine. I didn't get the kob of course, but he called me a week later and offered me a solo spot on another program.
Q: You were listed as a dancer on the Colgate Comedy Hour. How was your experience on such a successful series?
A: I didn't get to do a lot on Colgate. There was an episode where I got to assist Bob Hope with various tasks. He was a gifted man, and he was a total gentleman. The comedy hour was great for me because it got me modeling gigs. I was in newspapers every day posing beside some contraption.
Q: Were there other series that you appeared in?
A: I was on a few episodes of Your Show of Shows. It wasn't anything special. I was paid $150 a week for that.
Q: Did you do anything onstage?
A: I did a musical revue called On Our Way at the Ivar Theater. I danced alongside a lovely dancer named Carole Schraga. We were choreographed by Bob Hafner, who really motivated us to work hard.
Q: You were one of 106 women who was cast in Son of Sinbad (1955). Who did you play?
A: There was a scene where the Mongrels were watching a dancer in the desert. I was one of the servant girls sitting next to their leader. After the dance concluded, I said to him "Some fruit oh master?" It was a forgettable role, but fun nonetheless. I was supposed to do other things with RKO Pictures, but I got side-lined.
Q: Why did you leave Hollywood so soon?
A: It's a tough business. I worked hard but nothing was really happening. The competition was incredible and I saw so many other girls struggle. After I got married, I felt secure enough to leave the business. It was all fun and games, but I can't say that I miss it.
Written by Samuel Clemens
June 30, 2020
Valley Times, Los Angeles Times, The Ottawa Citizen
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