Georgia Durante starts her life as a recognizable face.
Anyone living during the late 60's early 70's would surely
know her because of her life- size posters modeling for
Kodak. As she stands seductively clad in her polka dot
bathing suit, her hauntingly beautiful eyes seem to be
focused on a future no one could predict for her. Those same
eyes would soon fall prey to some horrific scenes that she
lives to tell about.
Her first marriage was to a dead beat dad who provided
Georgia with a beautiful daughter -- Toni. Toni often becomes
the sustenance of Georgia's existence, and the reason behind
her strength. As a normal single mom, Georgia finds life was
not always easy, but normal is anything but that when she
winds up in the dark world of the Mob. Her family included
her husband Joe Lamendola, the owner of Caesar's II
nightclub in Rochester, and a whole host of shady, yet
powerful characters. The sights and sounds that filled her
days and nights were enough to send most people over the
edge. Not Georgia! She was and still is a woman of
magnificent courage and wit.
Outliving most of her Mob family, she lives to tell their
story, and go on about her life. Ever gripping, each page is
filled with action and real life adventure. An adrenaline
junky, Georgia becomes a stunt driver and co -- owner of
Performance II, a racing team featured in many shows and
Through all of her life's twists and turns, Georgia has
found a way to escape death more than her fair share.
Surely, it was for a purpose. Her book goes a long way in
serving that purpose. A fascinating read, THE COMPANY SHE
KEEPS and Georgia Durante go down in my book as a modern day
hero. The best true life commentary I have read in a long
A female Goodfellas— the true story of A supermodel
turned getaway driver for the mob.
beauty Georgia Durante was one of the most photographed
models in the country when she married mobster Joe
Lamendola. It plunged her into a world she never dreamed
of—and one she feared she’d never survive—as a getaway
driver for the Mafia and an eyewitness to unspeakable
violence, brutality, and murder, as she came to understand
the terrifying risk of being married to the Mob.