Joyce Ingalls, Dead At 65, Starred In First Movie Sylvester Stallone Directed: ‘Paradise Alley’ [Video]

Joyce Ingalls died at 65 after a career that included working with Sylvester Stallone in Paradise Alley. Married to producer Darrell Fetty, Joyce first became known as a top model for both magazines and ad campaigns before Ingalls succeeded in the competitive world of acting, revealed the Hollywood Reporter.

With film credits that included Lethal Weapon and The Man Who Would Not Die, blonde bombshell Joyce also co-starred with Ken Hutchinson and Dave Starsky on an episode of TV’s popular Starsky and Hutch.

After winning a Cover Girl contest in 1966, Ingalls worked for the Eileen Ford Agency. Joyce modeled for Vogue and other publications as well as becoming popular for ad campaigns for products ranging from Breck shampoo to Black Velvet whiskey.

Joyce married Fetty at the Little Brown Church, where they supervised a homeless ministry. The Darrell and Joyce Fetty Food Pantry has provided for families in need for almost a quarter of a century.

Fetty worked on Kevin Costner’s miniseries Hatfields & McCoys, for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2013. Darrell is a principal in Thinkfactory Media, and also produced as well as penned the script for Texas Rising, a History miniseries.

In addition to Joyce and Fetty, the Little Brown Church has experienced more than 20,000 weddings since 1939. And among them are famous ones that, in addition to Ingalls’ marriage, include Nancy Reagan and President Reagan. It’s also a place where families take time to remember those whom they loved who have passed with memorial services.

Ingalls’ family is requesting any donations be sent to the Little Brown Church or a Cancer Support Center in Sherman Oaks, reported the Daily Mail.

Joyce is survived by eight sisters and brothers, her husband, her mother, JoAnn, and two sons, Tyler and Derek. Ingalls will be remembered at an October memorial.

With Ingalls best known for her role in Stallone’s Paradise Alley as a prostitute, what was so special about that role and that film?

Paradise Alley marked Stallone’s first directing experience, according to the AV Club. Sylvester even sang the ballad during the credits, but the film that Stallone crafted was unusual in portraying those in the working class looking for ways to overcome their environment. The wrestling match in the film, which lasts more than 12 minutes, became the high point of the movie.

Others in the movie, in addition to Joyce Ingalls, were Stallone himself, Lee Canalito, and Armand Assante.

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