Joseph Stephen Crane

Joseph Stephen Crane

Born Feb 7, 1916

Joseph Stephen Crane was an American actor and restaurateur. A Columbia Pictures actor in the early 1940s, Crane opened the Luau, a popular celebrity restaurant, in 1953 and established a successful 25-year career in the restaurant industry. In addition to his own accomplishments, Crane is often remembered as Lana Turner's ex-husband.… Read More

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1916 Birth Born on February 7, 1916.


1933 17 Years Old In Crawfordsville, Crane was known to family and friends as "Joe". Active in drama and debate, Crane graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1933. … Read More


1937 21 Years Old 1 More Event
A member of the fraternity Sigma Chi and the dramatic theater Scarlet Masque, Crane graduated with a B.A. in Business in 1937.
1939 23 Years Old Crane briefly married Indianapolis native, Carol Ann Kurtz, and managed the family cigar store, but after separating from Kurtz, decided to take his chances in Hollywood in 1939. … Read More
1942 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Stephen Crane was as well known for his high-profile relationships as he was for his successful career. In 1942, Crane met actress Lana Turner at the Mocambo restaurant. … Read More
1943 27 Years Old 1 More Event
After discovering that she was pregnant, Turner remarried Crane in March 1943.


1948 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Crane was engaged to starlet Lila Leeds when, in 1948, she was arrested along with actor Robert Mitchum for smoking marijuana. … Read More


1958 42 Years Old On April 4, 1958, Stephen Crane's 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl, killed Lana Turner's boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato. … Read More


1978 62 Years Old After selling the Luau in 1978, Crane seemed to disappear from the public eye.
1984 68 Years Old By 1984, Crane was in ailing health and his ex-wife Helen Demaree cared for him in her home in Pauma Valley.
1985 69 Years Old On February 6, 1985, Crane died of anemia one day shy of his 69th birthday. … Read More
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