Georgia Durante has packed a lifetime of lessons into
her years. Those who have known her for the past
twenty years as one of Hollywood’s most successful female
commercial stunt drivers have been shocked by the truth of her
Hollywood producers have known two Georgia Durantes: the
steely-nerved stuntwoman with the skill to handle a three-ton
high-performance vehicle in high-speed precision maneuvers;
and the beautiful model and actress who, at seventeen, was
considered the most photographed girl in the country.
They knew only those sides of Georgia Durante because that
was all she chose to reveal. Only now does she share the full story
of her life, in The Company She Keeps.
Compelling and terrifying, The Company She Keeps tells the
true story of Georgia Durante’s storybook beginnings in
Upstate, New York when at the tender age of twelve, the
radiant little girl began her national modeling career. At
seventeen, Georgia Durante became the "Kodak Girl"
immortalized with her life-size image displayed in more than
80,000 retail stores throughout the world.
Soon the magnetic smile that propelled Georgia’s modeling
career served only to mask the pain she endured from a brutal
rape at the hands of her brother-in-law, her first brushes
with mob violence, the birth of her daughter, and a failed
marriage, all before she turned twenty.
The roller-coaster that had become Georgia Durante's life
continued its downward ride as she met, fell in love with,
and married Joe Lamendola, a respected businessman, but one
with a dark secret and ties to the Syndicate.
Georgia Durante's retelling of the facts paints a picture
of a victim hopelessly caught in a web constructed of her own
emotions as well as the abuse and threats of the tyrant whose
wife she had become.
Suspense and intrigue abound as Georgia recounts the
fighter she became in response to her surroundings. She,
alone, determined the fate of the madman who had stalked her
and kidnapped her daughter.
Georgia Durante's constant search for meaning and the life
she had always sought but could never quite find, manifested
itself with many heartbreaking turns. Along the way, she’s
Tragedy in her life and those whom she loves
The struggle of a child with a drug addiction
Fortunes made and lost
A confrontation with the "prince of darkness"
which ends in death
The Company She Keeps is powerful and raw; a deeply
personal account of one woman’s life. Model, Mafia wife,
victim and victor, Georgia Durante saw the worst that life had
to offer and escaped it. She embraced the positive, but kept
the negatives so as never to forget. "Life is what it
is," Georgia writes. "How we deal with it is what
matters." She has dealt with it the only way she knew
how: with determination and courage.
With her company, Performance Two, Georgia Durante has
performed in hundreds of national and international television
commercial campaigns. Her clients include all of the major
automobile manufacturers as well as many of the most
recognized brands and products in the world. Additionally she
has appeared in numerous feature films and network television
Today Georgia travels around the country to tell her story
to women so they can learn from her experiences. Click here for information on domestic violence and avenues of help.
Georgia Durante continues to make her home in Southern California.