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No Lifeguard on Duty: The Accidental Life of the World's First Supermodel

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,236 ratings  ·  113 reviews
The life of Janice Dickinson is a story of extremes: uncontrolled energy, mad self-confidence and crushing insecurity, a boundless appetite for life and a ceaseless drive to self-destruct. During the 1970s she was the first lush-lipped, long-stemmed, dark-eyed brunette to break through and become not just a model but a supermodel -- a term she coined for herself.She graced ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by HarperEntertainment
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Robyn
I bought this book because I can’t stop watching Janice Dickinson’s show, “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency,” on the Oxygen Channel. Also, I love stories about beautiful women. I read this book in less than 24-hours.

From her deeply troubled her relationship with her parents (her father beat her and her pill-popping Mother and sexually abused her older sister), to her many problematic romantic relationships (she’s been married three times, and, it seems, slept with half the heterosexual men i
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irene
BAM HAM SLAM!
Lisa
I already had a pretty substantial 'thing' for Janice Dickinson before picking this up (ANTM has never been the same without her); I love her take-no-prisoners attitude and wicked sense of humour, and think she'd be the ultimate best friend, and this book definitely did not disappoint.

Starting with her appalling home life, through her getting the door slammed in her face early modelling days, right through to life at the top and the inevitable crash that comes with the party lifestyle, Janice is
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Korrey
i can't believe i hadn't already added this. anyone can make fun of me, but i stick by this book--i think it is fantastic!
Kirsty Shark
I have to admit I picked this book up expecting it to just be an easy trashy read. The very first chapter, which addresses the horrific abuse Janice suffered from her Father, made me realise this story was going to have much more depth than I expected.

Don't get me wrong there's still plenty of easy trashing reading here as Janice dishes the dirt on her outrageous diva behaviour, drug and alcohol fuelled antics and the sex she's had with a long list of rich and famous men. But what I really like
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Briana
I've always been fairly indifferent when it came to Janice Dickinson, my only real knowledge of her coming from her time as a judge on American's Next Top Model. I didn't love her, I didn't hate her...I didn't really care either way. But this book just made me love her. The writing is engaging and heartbreaking and frustrating. You find yourself watching her downward spiraling and just keep hoping that eventually she'll get it together. Her stories are hilarious, and the gossip-loving side of me ...more
Amy
Janice knows how to dish the dirt! I appreciate her candor and humor because she had quite the one-two punch upbringing (as she starts the book out with that) and always refers back to her dad, the "rat bastard," throughout the rest of the book. She does not hold back with her feelings and with her life with celebrities (Bruce Willis, Sly, Cosby, Christie Brinkley to name a few) and all the famous fashion photogs of her day. This is what a celeb trashy bio should be.
Tracy
This is a great memoir from the fabulous Janice Dickinson. I wanted to read it after coming across a summary that mentioned Janice having a really fucked up childhood. As someone who also had a really fucked up upbringing, I wanted to read this book to get a sense of how other adults deal with trauma, especially powerful women who are known for their strength and success.

The things Janice experienced growing up hit so close to home. And the lingering shit she still deals with as an adult are thi
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Jade
I love this woman! At times I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop messing up her life, but I loved the fact that she knew that anyway. Coming through a nightmare childhood, Janice is strong, to-the-point and completely honest throughout this book. I'm not usually one for biographies, especially of a model - but I wouldn't have missed this one for the world.
Lilly G
Let's just say now I know more about Liam Neeson's junk than I want to, and you'll never look at Sly Stallone the same way again. Celeb Trash Book Club scores another winner. Everything a celebrity tell-all should be.
Kitt-e-kat
LOVED IT. KEPT ME READING. SHE NAMES DROP ALOT OF CELEBRITY PEOPLE SHE'S ENCOUNTERED IN HER CAREER. ALSO EXPLAINS WHY SHE IS LIKE SHE IS. OUTSPOKEN AND HARD. ALOT ABOUT HER MODELING, HER SEXIPADES & DRUGS/ALCOHOL.
Ludichrys
Ohhhh, Janice. I find it hard to feel badly for ultra-rich people living the hedonistic lifestyle. I get it, more money, more problems, but really...you're one of the world's most beautiful models, sleep around with every A-lister in the book, spend money like it's going out of style, yet complain about it all every step of the way?? The name-dropping was definitely entertaining and I give her credit for cleaning up her act. She was also surprisingly candid (who knows what sordid details she lef ...more
Samantha
I'm a fan of Janice so naturally I liked it. Interesting autobiography, but oh Janice, your antics never cease to amaze me.
Liz
Don't judge me, it was surprisingly good
Gloria Diaz
As a brunette, I wanted to be blonde as a child. Seemed like all the dolls were blue-eyed blondes. Lucy of the Peanuts comic strip was one of my heroes.

So Janice Dickinson's "No Lifeguard on Duty" was something I recently picked up at the library. I knew a little bit about Janice from reading other books on models. I knew she was wild and foul-mouthed, and I knew she was dark-haired and "exotic" looking in an era where the modeling world was dominated by blue-eyed blondes. She was determined to
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Laila Nowell
I couldn't finish this book.

After reading about the struggles she faced before becoming an "the worlds first supermodel" I felt for her. As soon as Janice finds fame however, the tone of the book changes drastically. I just couldn't like her.

She pretends to be part Japanese so she can get a modelling job with a company, she drops the agency who brought her fame and saw her potential on a whim so she can gt more money on a job, and she name drops like mad ("Everyone was there. Biana, Warhol, Li
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Kennedy W.
I had to force myself to stop reading this book and throw it away. I bought it for a dollar at the dollar store, and I found out upon reading it why it was being sold so cheaply to begin with. I respect Janice, and admire her, she went through a lot and has been very successful despite being turned down multiple times and coming from a less than ideal upbringing, but that doesn't mean I'm willing to trudge through a book that I could read the words but I remained uninterested and unaffected. Aft ...more
Daniel
Apr 22, 2008 Daniel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who enjoy a good read (and a kiss-n-tell)
Recommended to Daniel by: Jill Miley
This book was loaned to me by a friend (since we both enjoyed watching ANTM). I decided to read it on my vacation in Hawaii (didn't want anything heavy since I was vacationing). To my surprise I was instantly drawn into the world of Janice Dickinson. A woman known for her big mouth and crazy antics has lived more life than most people could even dream of. An abusive father, philandering husbands, drug and alcohol abuse, not knowing the father of one of her children, gracing the covers of all the ...more
Sarah Martin
So I happened upon this book at my local Dollar Tree store, and I am so happy I did. I love page turning gossipy name dropping books, filled with juicy details! This book definitely was that. I started it and finished in one full awake time period it was that good. Great short read. Starts out in the late 60's and the party starts wild and crazy and fast. I don't dare indulge more, I am not one for giving spoilers. If you like tabloid type gossipiness, with a bit more truth (I like to delude mys ...more
Ashley
Nov 30, 2014 Ashley rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.... TO BURN IT!!!!
Recommended to Ashley by: Someone I thought was my friend
This woman is trash!!!

She claims her father abused her on the surreal life(HER OWN WORDS...
Then on Christina court she says he abused her sister and she kept the secret...
Come on...
She is a trashy, washed up HAG!!!

I honestly think Bill Cosby could have picked a better person to assault
IF HE DID IT!!!!
(I don't BELIVE he did....)
Krystle
I'm giving this book 3 stars because I made it all the way through and it has a happy ending. It's about being a supermodel but also struggling with various types of abuse and dealing with addiction. Janice Dickinson had a world of opportunities but had to fight with her inner demons to keep going. Her story is interesting but I had to keep in mind that it was her point of view and I'm wondering how much of it was actually true. She sometimes contradicts herself and doesn't often put herself in ...more
Daniel Lewis
I'm a huge Janice Dickinson fan and this book was a hard pill to swallow. She's an extremely tough personality and reading her story gives you insight into how she became that way. I always find it extremely courageous when someone can pour their secrets out in a memoir and she did nothing short of that with this.
Jane
I didn't know anything about Janice before reading this book so maybe I wasn't the target audience. Based on the reviews that I read on goodreads though I thought I would like it more. The first part of the book was more like 3 stars for me because I admired her strength of getting through a difficult childhood, but then when she became famous it started to lose my interest. Too much name dropping for me. I don't know any of the photographers so I didn't really care what she had to say about the ...more
Samara O'Shea
I read this book a few years before Janice became a reality TV staple. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It found it to be brutally honest and playful. I liked the look into the late 70s/early 80s world of modeling, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. A good memoir all around.
Carolyn James
Models and memoirs; my two favourite combos! Janice Dickinson’s sharp, biting, witty personality shines through in this autobiography of a young exotic looking girl breaking into the business when all they wanted was the blonde, apple pie look. Even if you aren’t a fan of Janice Dickinson she did make major changes to who we see in our magazines today so it’s a great read just for the history and changes she helped make in the 70’s. Getting a glimpse into her childhood really shows how she got t ...more
Ezgi
There is no literary weight to this book (surprise surprise). However, it is cool to read through an honest story of a different life. There are many famous names in it and shocking stories. It almost felt like reading through 80s and 90s people magazine. :)
stephanie
i don't know why, but i expected more from this book. i mean, i guess that i shouldn't have expected that much, but i wanted more! that said, there is a lot here.

it's a kind of no-holds-barred look at janice's life. she doesn't hide things, though i have liked more of the decisions she's made to do things like plastic surgery, etc. than her sexual encounters with sylvester stallone.

and more pictures! i wanted more pictures.

it was a fun easy read. i realize now why she's so angry all the time.
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Samantha Glasser
Supermodel Janice Dickinson's first book reads like a first class biography. It touches briefly on her parents' lives, details her early life, and focuses most on her modeling career. It does not skimp on details about her sex life, and this often takes a front seat. However, it is not always included to titilate, but because it played a big role in Dickinson's life, resulting in a paternity mix-up with her daughter.

Being a model in the 70s was exciting, during a time when Studio 54 was the pla
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Edel
I really enjoyed this. I was not sure what to expect from this. Janice says things as they were even if she does not come out looking great from alot of the details of the book. There is an honesty in that that I liked and I think alot of people would respect that. She does not pretend to be a goody two shoes and was often far from it in the book.She worked hard to get to where she did in life and met very interesting people on the way .. There is plenty of celeb names in this ..
I recommend it,
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Sarah Beth Breck
I knew Janice Dickinson as that girl with the nasty attitude and bad facelift from America's Next Top Model and other stupid reality shows....THIS GIRL HAD A FABULOUS LIFE 20 YRS AGO...She was absolutely GORGEOUS....I mean like Other WORLDLY BEAUTIFUL...even if you dislike Ms. Dickinson take the time to see HER PICTURES in this book....The book is an easy read with Janice telling the dirt on herself..(even more than Tanya Tucker in "Nickel Dreams"...
What an interesting life she has led...I highl
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Janice Doreen Dickinson is an American supermodel, fashion photographer, actress, author and agent.
She has recently opened her own modeling agency, The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, after judging for four cycles on America's Next Top Model.
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