TCM West is showing “Who Was That Lady?” Good question, because who’s the blonde in the middle of this scene? Why, it’s B-movie bombshell Joi Lansing.
Joi appeared in “Superman’s Wife,” one of the more memorable episodes of “The Adventures of Superman” that, as a kid, I was always particularly excited to see.
And who was that guy on the left, from the same movie? It’s an uncredited appearance by my mother’s old friend, Vincent Beck playing, of course, a Russian, as he would later do in episodes of “The Monkees” and “Gilligan’s Island.”
Where is Elizabeth “Connie” Converse? Before Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell there was Connie Converse, the Emily Dickinson of singer-songwriters. Thanks to animator Gene Deitch, who was responsible for some of the TV cartoons I watched as a kid, Connie’s voice and songs were recorded for posterity.
Connie disappeared over 40 years ago, like D.B. Cooper, and she was never heard from again. Converse was born five days before Deitch, who is 90 and still living.