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

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  1,718 Ratings  ·  133 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 July 31st 2002 by HarperEntertainment
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Apr 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Feb 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Rachael Seow
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, ebook, memoir
Finish this book in 2 days and all the sleepless nights were worth it.

It's not only about the glamorous life of a supermodel, it's about finding yourself and how to love yourself. Yes, of course I love the jawdropping stories about celebrities but what makes me love Janice is that she's being super bluntly honest and that she worked her ass off to reconcile with herself. I find it both entertaining and educating.
Trust me, this memoir is not shallow at all.
Mar 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kirsty Shark
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Emily Crow
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Janice has a bit of a potty-mouth and traces of a chip on her shoulder, but this is nevertheless a lively tale of fame and excess in the 1970s-1980s modeling world. Her transformation into a sober middle-aged mother seemed a bit rushed to me, though obviously I wish her well (as I would anyone trying to get their lives together). Plenty of celebrity gossip to go around, but a bit short on self-reflection. Still, worth a read if you've ever been fascinated by glossy magazines and idealized the li ...more
Oct 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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.
Michele Underhill
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Candid and full of gossip

How can anyone not like Janice Dickinson. She is sometimes brutally honest, very funny and candid. I've loved the little stories on Bruce Willis, Sly Stallone and Mick jagger to name a few. Very good light read.

Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Janice has always been fascinating to me and this book really explains a lot. Janice shares a lot of herself and you can see why she is the way she is. I actually have a lot of respect for her and everything she has been through. I recommend you give this one a shot!
Nov 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Mar 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't judge me, it was surprisingly good
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
I'm a fan of Janice so naturally I liked it. Interesting autobiography, but oh Janice, your antics never cease to amaze me.
Kiera Sesco
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

Kept my attention, it's raw and real, an easy read and a lot of what celebrity life is really like
Gloria Diaz
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
How arrived: birthday present
Why I picked it up: I love Janice Dickenson
Expectations: high
Stars: five

First: For my birthday, my wonderful boyfriend bought me an eReader, so now I can read trashy books without anyone having to know. He preloaded it with this book because he is the best.

After beginning with Check Please, of course I���ve been hankering for more Janice. This book did not disappoint, and gave great background to my previous read! However, while that was more of a kick in the pants,
Sep 09, 2016 rated it liked it
I hadn't done my homework before I started reading this book. The first big model names I came to know and remember as a kid were Cindy Crawford and perhaps Linda Evangelista,but I have to admit I have never heard about JD and therefore I had no clue about what her life was like. I got the book thinking it would be a fairy tale of a beautiful girl who caught the eye of the right person in the industry and became a sensation. Boy was I wrong... This is anything BUT a feel-good book. Those fancy s ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have to preface this by saying, I love a good trashy read, so when I found this book in Goodwill I snapped it up. I've always found Janice Dickenson interesting in the same way that one finds a natural disaster interesting, though I have to say, despite being aware of her claim of being the OG Supermodel, I wasn't aware of quite how successful she was. Thusly, I wasn't prepared for this book to be as enjoyable, meaty and moving as it actually was.

Although (beautifully) ghostwritten, Janice's
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Kennedy W.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Laila Nowell
Oct 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mar 29, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aug 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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'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
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
Jan 23, 2010 rated it liked it
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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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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