Celebrating The Life Of Victoria Lynn Johnson…
I have come across many women who made a splash in men’s magazines,,, followed by a brief foray into acting, before heading off in a new, empowered direction.
My “2023 Sex Kitten Countdown” pays homage to an empowered Actress who had a very revealing role as a “body double…”
Victoria was born in Atlanta Georgia in 1952.
She started modeling at age sixteen in Atlanta. Her first job was as a Bikini Model standing in a store window!
In August 1976, at the age of 24, Victoria was named Penthouse Pet of the Month.
The following year, she was named 1977 Penthouse Pet of the Year.
As with many other Models at the time, this led to her getting the acting bug…
Among her acting credits:
She made her acting debut in this 1976 action thriller about a killer bear!
Next up, she worked with a legend!
This 1977 sci-fi thriller starred Christopher Lee…one of the greatest of all time! Check out the trailer:
This is the kind of “Saturday matinee” gem that brings back memories of a good time in a movie theater!
She also appeared on the TV shows “Lou Grant” and “Dukes Of Hazzard” – and we all know who starred in that one:
Catherine Back loved her “Daisy Dukes”, but here’s the film where she bared it all!
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Perhaps Victoria’s biggest “exposure” was as a “body double!”
In 1980, she bared all as Angie Dickinson’s very nude “body double” in Brian DePalma’s classic thriller “Dressed To Kill!”
That’s Angie nude in the shower scene – as a wide shot…but closer shots were Victoria!
The use of “body doubles” was common, especially for stars who didn’t want to bare all.
Interestingly, just a few years after that film, Director Brian DePalma had another “body double”:
Adult Actress Annette Haven was almost the “Body Double” in his thriller by the same name!
Yes, Haven was the “body double” for star Melanie Griffith in the film – but almost scored that lead role herself!
Haven is an Icon, and you can see why by clicking on my story here:
That “body double” scene wrapped up Johnson’s acting career, with the exception of a series of Penthouse videos:
She was a stunning beauty, who chose not to pursue acting, but she ended up writing her memoir – about life as a Penthouse Model – and her battle with cancer:
In July 1998, Victoria was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer and given less than two years to live. She bravely fought the disease for twenty years – and wrote a compelling memoir about that battle….but sadly, she died in 2019.
Here’s the story of an Actress who wasn’t a “body double”, just a fleeting image in one of the greatest horror films of all time:
Sandy Johnson is an Icon for one shocking opening scene – click here for her story:
Sandy had an empowered, inspiring life…as did many of the Actresses I’ve covered in this series:
Joanne Latham was another inspiring Penthouse Pet – she graced the 10th anniversary cover…boy did she!
See more other story and photos here:
Here’s a story I shared about a mysterious Penthouse Pet:
Avril Lund was a hugely popular Pet, so what happened to her?
Thanks to readers of this blog, I found out!
Victoria Silvstedt was another Actress / Model I have profiled – and I had a connection to her!
Click here to find out my “wet” connection to her!
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