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No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel Mass Market Paperback – 4 Dec 2003

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: ReganBooks; Reprint edition (4 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060566175
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060566173
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.6 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Gisele, Naomi, Kate—none of you would be where you are now without Janice Dickinson. . . the pioneering princess of high fashion.” (New York Post)

“Wild . . . surely raising eyebrows—and blood pressure—from Milano to Mullholland Drive. . . . her deft recollections ring tellingly true.” (Elle)

“Dickinson gossips like a pro . . . but her tough-girl-survives-against-the-odds attitude manages to make the dirt she dishes shamefully savory. ” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Janice . . . speaks with the candor of Cher, the bite of Joan Rivers and the sexual bonhomie of Mae West.” (Liz Smith, New York Post)

“Dickinson…set off a revolution. She was the first of modeling’s bad girls, and she did nothing to hide it.” (Michael Gross, author of Model)

“She’s a brilliant model, the best ever, I think. She will be talked about for as long as modeling exists.” (Tara Shannon, Model)

“Engaging . . . vivid . . . illuminating. . . . [Janice] survives it all--cushioned by her beauty, her rage, and most of all her sense of humor.” (—W Magazine)

“I started this book at midnight and finished at 6 A.M. (she ruined my day!). But she’s High Speed Janice, spirit triumphant.” (Lauren Hutton)

“The ultimate insider’s look at the big business of beauty. . . . Janice’s story is unvarnished and raw, with all the energy and humor that has been her lifelong trademark.” (Cheryl Tiegs)

“I love Janice. She is crazy, unbearable, flamboyant, excessive--but she is true. There must be a reason she’s been able to survive all her excesses: some kind of guardian angel who was moved by her difficult trials, her profound generosity, her truthful speech, and her lack of arrogance.” (Jean-Jacques Naudet)

“A roller-coaster ride through the world of modeling. . . . Dickinson comes across as a triumphant survivor. . . . Her willingness to recognize her own flaws makes it easy to relate to her positive message and should inspire readers.” (Publishers Weekly)

“No other catwalker has had such a yeasty life, nor been willing to speak of it so jovially and graphically. Janice . . . speaks with the candor of Cher, the bite of Joan Rivers and the sexual bonhomie of Mae West.” (Liz Smith, New York Post)

“Dickinson has managed to take what life has offered and work it . . . what keeps the book from becoming too tawdry is Dickinson’s sense of humor.” (Women's Wear Daily)

“One rollercoaster of a read…Dickinson gossips like a pro…but her tough-girl-survives-against-the-odds attitude manages to make the dirt she dishes shamefully savory. B+” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Janice Dickinson is a funny and fluid narrator . . . what makes [her book] interesting is her scathing inventory of everyone’s desperate behavior, including her own. . . . She’s like all forces of nature--you take them on their own terms. ” (New York Observer)

“Entirely real . . it is the honesty with which it is written that may drive you from beginning to end in a single sitting.” (The Independent) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

She wasn't just a model. She was a supermodel.

In the 1970s—before her star turns on the The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency and America's Next Top Model—Janice Dickinson was the lush-lipped, long-stemmed, dark-eyed brunette who became the icon for a new breed of beauty. She was voracious in everything—from her affairs both passionate and casual to her endless partying and a drug habit that dogged her through twenty years and three husbands. Her glory days were spent working with Gia Carangi, Christie Brinkley, Valentino, and Versace, and her nights with the likes of Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger, and Sylvester Stallone. No Lifeguard on Duty is her story—an electrifying roller-coaster ride of fast times through three decades of fashion, fame, drugs, sex, and excess.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Janice Dickinson's autobiography is a candid look at the bitchy, high-octane world of high fashion. Starting with her blue-collar upbringing in Florida, growing up with an sexually abusive father & a damaged mother, Janice's life story is certainly worthy book-material. From her unhappy childhood to her tedious beginnings in the modelling world in Manhattan, her life was an uphill struggle. Soon catching the wave of change, breaking the mould with her dark-looks and boyish figure, Janice was never going to be your typical All-American girl next door. And her story is definately more exciting than anything the girl next door could tell you anyway.
Dickinson's story moves at lightening speed, from boyfriend to boyfriend, designer to designer. Sometimes it's hard to keep track, which I suppose is perfectly apt - as this writing style mimics the very speed and pace that her career and life travelled at at that time. From the glamourous foreign locations to the heady excess of Studio 54, Janice paints a fantasty world of almost ludicrous proportions. Except that it's not a fantasy world at all - it all happened, and Janice recalls each event with glorious detail and candour. Her honesty and confidence is very refreshing, making such a nice change from the usual sychophantic memiors that fill the shelves.
My only complaint is with the last section of the book, covering the 1990s. Janice is very vague and seems to completetly rush throught these years, with major marriages and realtionships over and done with in a matter of pages. But hey, who really cares about those years anyway? We all what to read about Janice in her prime, in the 70s and 80s, when cocaine and platform shoes were practically a legal requirement.
Some may find Dickinson too much to take (she is a tad irritating at times), but I can forgive her for it, because she makes up for it with her brutal honesty and humour.
A must read
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I took this book with me on a holiday abroad. It was a magical read - I had to stop myself from reading the whole book in one go. I wanted to savour it, day after day.

The supermodels, the drugs, the sex, the celebrities, the 70s and the 80s - it's all there.

Well-written, gripping and emotional.
Janice is an amazing woman.
Highly recommended!
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I choose this book because I saw her on I'm a Celebrity get me out of here and wanted to read about her and the book was on offer so I started reading it.
This is a story of her life warts and all, she wrote honestly and openly about her family life, her abusive father, her struggle to become a model, the men that came and gone in her life, the drugs and alcohol she had problems with and finally her eventual happiness she sought throughout her life and did feel. It aS really good and interesting. You see Celebrities and see them successful, but you don't often here about how hard, or the hardships they suffered to get where they are today and not as honest as Janice has been in this book. So I like her and I enjoyed reading about her in this book. I do recommend this book, although some might not approve of her life style when she started out.
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I absolutely loved this book. As someone who only became aware of Janice Dickson when she was on "I'm a Celebrity GMOH, and recently on CBB, I have to say that I find her fascinating. This book gives you an insight to her childhood and her life up to probably mid life. In the telling of her childhood its quite sad and clearly had a profound effect on her although she doesn't use it in a woe is me way. I think it allows you see that in order to survive and to get where she wanted to go it instilled in her an remarkable ethic to work and work. While reading this book I felt that I was sitting down with Janice with a glass of wine and her chatting away to you - I could nearly hear her talk to me from the pages. She does name drop A LOT! some I knew and some I had no clue who they were but you get over that. Some of the events in the book she has mentioned while on these shows but she does go into them a little more in the book. I also found the photos in the book brilliant - some she actually took herself. As she seems to be in real life she is in her writing. She had me hooked from the start and I couldn't put the book down. She had me laughing out loud at times, she pulls no punches tells it like it is. Can't wait for the next one
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Cor that Janice Dickinsons had a life hasn't she? All men want to possess her and all women want to be her, what it is to be so beautiful!
I enjoyed reading about her interesting life but she did harp on about people being struck dumb by her incredible beauty ALL the time, so much of a burden darling.........
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Read, reread and reread again this book. I love autobiographies because I am nosy and Janice's life is fascinating and gives a good insight into why she is the total nutcase she is now (even though I love her). Lots of great pictures too and great juicy celebrity stories.
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A no-holds-barred account of a life well-lived. Janice pulls no punches in this tell-all, as crazy as she might be you can't deny that she's had an amazing life both professionally and personally. For once it's nice to read a celebrity autobiography where they actually do TELL ALL! I read it in two sittings!
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