Lana Turner

Born Feb 8, 1921

Lana Turner was an American actress popular during the 1940s and 1950s. Discovered and signed to a film contract by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at the age of sixteen, Turner first attracted attention in They Won't Forget (1937). She played featured roles, often as the ingenue, in such films as Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938).… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on February 8, 1921.
1930 9 Years Old On December 14, 1930, her father won some money at a traveling craps game, stuffed his winnings in his left sock, and headed for home. … Read More
1931 10 Years Old With her 10-year-old daughter, she moved to Los Angeles in 1931. … Read More


1937 16 Years Old …  In late 1937, she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $100 a week, and graduated from high school in between filming. … Read More
1940 19 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1940, she was also set to star in a remake of Our Dancing Daughters, but the film was never made. … Read More


While not exactly giving up her pin-up credentials, Turner established herself as a skilled actress, and commented on this in 1946: … Read More
1947 26 Years Old 1 More Event
Nevertheless, she took the female lead in Homecoming (1948) in August 1947, only moments after finishing Cass Timberlane. … Read More
1948 27 Years Old However, in January 1948, it was reported that she had withdrawn from the film. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1949, she was to headline A Life of Her Own (1950).


1951 30 Years Old Turner suffered from depression for much of her life. In her autobiography, Turner admitted that she had two abortions and also suffered three stillbirths. She said she was also an alcoholic and attempted suicide in 1951 by slitting her wrists, following the end of her fourth marriage to Bob Topping.
1957 36 Years Old Turner met Johnny Stompanato during the spring of 1957, shortly after ending her marriage to Barker. … Read More
Media controversy surrounded Turner in 1958 when her daughter, Cheryl Crane, stabbed Turner's lover Johnny Stompanato to death in their Beverly Hills home; a coroner's inquest concluded that Crane had acted in self-defense. … Read More


1969 48 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1969, Turner appeared in her only lead starring role on television in ABC's Harold Robbins' The Survivors, but despite the presence of other big-name stars, the program fared badly opposite Mayberry R.F.D. and The Doris Day Show on CBS and The NBC Monday Movie, and was cancelled midway into the season. … Read More


1980 59 Years Old In 1980, Turner had what she referred to as a "religious awakening" and became a devout Roman Catholic. … Read More


1982 - 1985 2 More Events
1992 71 Years Old A long-time heavy smoker, Turner was diagnosed with throat cancer in May 1992.
1993 72 Years Old She stopped smoking after her diagnosis and, in February 1993, announced that she was cancer free. … Read More
1995 74 Years Old Turner died at the age of 74 on June 29, 1995, of complications from throat cancer at her home in Century City, Los Angeles, California. … Read More
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