Lana Clarkson
Actress, model
Lana Clarkson
Lana Jean Clarkson was an American actress and fashion model. Clarkson was a native of Los Angeles County. She played roles in science fiction and fantasy movies. On April 13, 2009, songwriter and producer Phil Spector was convicted of second degree murder for her gunshot death.
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Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Lisa Immordino Vreeland's Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict illustrates all that is wrong with the art world and all also all that is wrong with being an artist, to the extent that it underscores the way in which narcissistic grandiosity can camouflage itself as a spiritual quest. As she's depicted in the movie Guggenheim is truly repugnant (though the despicable nature of her character also exudes the sadness of the poor little not so rich girl). In 1939, at the outbreak of the war, she spends $40,000 to acquire the works of many artists who desperately needed money to escape the Nazi onslaught. Hitler had in fact pointed his finger at modernism in his l937 Degenerate Art Exhibition. She picked up works by the likes Leger and Brancusi and in the course bedded literally any artist who came into her path. Writers weren't exempt. She'd once spent four days in a hotel room bed with Beckett, who only got up to get sandwiches left at the door by room service. It's an anecdote which makes one re ...
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Movie review: Media trials and the court of the people
The Express Tribune Blogs - over 3 years
In the court of public opinion, the celebrity is inevitably charged as guilty before trial. Nothing about celebrities is small — their fame or their ignominy. Director and dramatist David Mamet circles this phenomenon with the real-life 2003 story of Phil Spector, a Hollywood record producer, famed as much for his instinct for millions-making music as for his coifs. Spector was accused of murdering a young blonde date, actress Lana Clarkson, in his mansion by shooting her in the mouth after picking her up at a nightclub. In the 92-minute television movie for HBO, he is played by Al Pacino, whose Shylock perhaps prepared him for this gruff, flamboyant Jewish businessman’s role. But the real acting comes from his lawyer, Linda Kenney Baden, played by Helen Mirren, who puts in a solid performance as the matronly, pneumonia-ridden legal eagle who is tasked with the impossible job of trying to introduce reasonable doubt. Mamet was clever enough to ...
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Zach Hindin: Judge, Jury and Record Producer: A Critic Looks at Phil Spector
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
We owe the special nuance of the word "innocent" to a striking case of mistaken identity. The word derives from a composite of the Latin negation prefix in -- with nocere, meaning "guilty" or "evil." But over time, the root word was confused with noscere, meaning "to know." As a result, English speakers don't think twice about using the same adjective for lack of guilt and lack of guile; clean hands and wide eyes. Of course, guilt and knowledge have been tangled up since the Garden of Eden. In Phil Spector, his latest film for HBO, writer/director David Mamet unapologetically plays with what we think we know about the legendary record producer found guilty of murder in 2009. The result is an interrogation, not of Mr. Spector's innocence, but of our own. On the evening of Feb. 3, 2003, Lana Clarkson (a faded beauty whose minor roles in Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Scarface led her to lead work in Amazon Women on the Moon and Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II) went hom ...
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Cilla McCain: Out of the Ashes: The Other Spector
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Photo courtesy Nicole Audrey Spector To musicians like Bob Dylan or John Lennon, legendary music producer Phil Spector was the go-to genius who could help make their recordings phenomenal. To the public-at-large he is a deranged individual who should have never been allowed out of his castle. To victim Lana Clarkson's family, he is no doubt evil incarnate. But to Nicole Audrey Spector, he is simply Dad. Amid the macabre circus surrounding Phil Spector and the angry mobs calling for his head, Nicole stands out simply by virtue of her normalcy. An up-and-coming writer, she published her first book earlier this year titled, Fifty Shades of Dorian Gray. It's a funny and cleverly written mix of the classic Oscar Wilde novel Dorian Gray with elements of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Gray. Nicole's words come across as raw and fearless, earning her praise from even the most seasoned novelists. Still, even as she tries to move forward and build her own life, there is alwa ...
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Caryn James: TV Review: Al Pacino, Phil Spector, and Media Justice
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The gigantic frizzed-out wig on Al Pacino's head might be enough to make you curious about Phil Spector, the new HBO drama written and directed by David Mamet. In a multitude of wigs as conspicuously creepy as the actual Spector's, Pacino plays the fantastically successful music producer and reputed loony-tunes guy convicted of the 2007 murder in his home of Hollywood wannabe and club hostess Lana Clarkson. The first question the film raises isn't about the murder, though. It's an issue that comes up with both Pacino and with Mamet today: are you getting the good or the evil twin? Pacino the actor who can still dazzle, or the over-the-top sputtering blowhard? Mamet the disciplined writer of The Untouchables and Glengarry Glen Ross or the self-indulgent filmmaker (The Winslow Boy) who dictates that everyone to speak in artificial, terse Mamet-talk? Phil Spector veers toward the good -- although slick and easy -- and has the great added strength of Helen Mirren as Spector's re ...
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Jay Weston: Al Pacino Plays Phil Spector in HBO Film
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Al Pacino at the Venice Film Festival On Sunday I attended a concert by musician Herb Alpert inaugurating the stunning Ann and Jerry Moss Theatre located in the Herb Alpert Educational Village in Santa Monica. It was an illustrious invited audience of people who had contributed to the creation of this astonishing educational complex dedicated to furthering the cause of education in America -- which is a roundabout way to get into this story of actor Al Pacino playing Phil Spector in that much-discussed (and very weird) HBO film. You see, I was coincidentally seated in the theatre next to legendary filmmakers Roger Corman and wife Julie... and remarked that Roger had produced a 1985 B-movie, Barbarian Queen, which has become a cult favorite; it starred the Amazonian 6 foot tall blond bombshell, Lana Clarkson... whose death was explored in the David Mamet-written and directed HBO film playing that very evening. I remarked to the Cormans that I had casually met Phil Spector man ...
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Jill Di Donato: Women React to HBO's Film Phil Spector
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Why do we love to immortalize the grotesque? Like many of us fascinated with scandal, I eagerly awaited last night's controversial premiere of Phil Spector, an HBO film written and directed by David Mamet, starring Al Pacino (as Spector) and Helen Mirren as Spector's defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden. Spector's murder trials -- there were two -- (the first in 2007, which ended in a mistrial and the second in 2009, which ended in a second degree murder conviction) over the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson, who was shot through the mouth by a pistol in Spector's Alhambra, California mansion, were never televised. Yet Spector's eccentric courtroom behavior, as well as the details of a case filled with sex, fame and grotesque violence made headlines. I remember. I remember because I read about the story in some fashion magazine years ago, glorifying a horrific and brutal end to an aging actress' life and the end of a legendary music producer's career. Was it murde ...
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'Phil Spector' HBO Film Review Roundup: Positive Reviews for Al Pacino and ... - Latinos Post
Google News - almost 4 years
Latinos Post 'Phil Spector' HBO Film Review Roundup: Positive Reviews for Al Pacino and ... Latinos Post The film, starring Helen Mirren and Al Pacino, centers on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson. The film has received good reviews with ... Why Should We Care About Phil Spector?Slate Magazine 'Phil Spector,' on trialLos Angeles Times Pacino as a faded music whiz charged with murderThe Associated Press Philadelphia Inquirer -WBUR -San Jose Mercury News all 61 news articles »
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'Phil Spector' review: David Mamet zeros in
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
'Phil Spector' review: David Mamet zeros in HBO insists the film is not a dramatization of Spector's first trial for the 2003 death of actress Lana Clarkson, but, rather, that actual events and people "inspired" the film. Suffering from a cold, Kenney Baden arrives at the temporary offices set up in Los Angeles by attorney Bruce Cutler (Jeffrey Tambor) as defense headquarters for Spector's first trial. [...] she finds herself standing in front of three doors. Many viewers will know the outcome of the trial, others will only know that Spector is in prison today, but although Mamet structures "Phil Spector" like a legal thriller, with the compelling look and feel of Raymond Chandler and old Hollywood, the film isn't about guilt or innocence. There is an ever-present Greek chorus in "Phil Spector" to enforce Mamet's theme - the throng of reporters and photographers camped outside the courthouse and Spector's mansion, and the even noisier gaggle of looky-loos who ...
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Michael Sigman: Is Former Stones' Manager The Ultimate Hustler?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Andrew Oldham's recently-released book Stone Free is, as mentioned here, more a rumination on the art of the hustle than a traditional memoir. In his earlier volumes Stoned and 2Stoned, the former Stones manager/producer provided a narrative of a career that began a half-century ago when a clueless teenager forsook the usual pursuits of sports and proms to infuse himself into the careers of the holy trinity of the Beatles, the Stones and Bob Dylan before his twentieth birthday. Now, armed with five decades of street scholarship -- his "post-graduate education in double-dealing" -- Oldham dissects the moves of such "pimpresarios" as Albert Grossman, Malcolm McLaren and, most important, Allen Klein, among whose hustle-ees were Sam Cooke, the Beatles, the Stones and Oldham himself. Oldham's relationship with Allen Klein is the substance of the most complicated and revealing chapter in Stone Free. Armed with extraordinary accounting skills and a relentless pursuit of the ...
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WATCH: Bizarre First Look At 'Phil Spector'
Popeater - about 4 years
In the later stages of his career, Al Pacino has found a home playing elderly tabloid fixtures. He appeared as Dr. Jack Kevorkian in the HBO film "You Don't Know Jack," was recently cast as Joe Paterno in a movie about the Penn State sex scandal and also stars as Phil Spector in the HBO film "Phil Spector." That last film airs on HBO this March, and the cable network debuted a new trailer for "Phil Spector" on Monday. Alternate lede: Al Pacino's wail of sound in on display in the HBO movie "Phil Spector." Directed by David Mamet, who you know as Zosia's dad, "Phil Spector" is a look Spector's 2007 murder trial and his relationship with defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden (Helen Mirren). Spector was accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson; the 2007 trial resulted in a hung jury, but Spector was tried again in 2008 and convicted of murder in 2009. He's currently serving a 19-years-to-life sentence in a California prison. “He doesn’t go out to the yard too often,” Lt ...
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Rebecca Solnit: A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Hate Crimes in America (and Elsewhere) Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com Here in the United States, where there is a reported rape every 6.2 minutes, and one in five women will be raped in her lifetime, the rape and gruesome murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi on December 16th was treated as an exceptional incident. The story of the alleged rape of an unconscious teenager by members of the Steubenville High School football team was still unfolding, and gang rapes aren’t that unusual here either. Take your pick: some of the 20 men who gang-raped an 11-year-old in Cleveland, Texas, were sentenced in November, while the instigator of the gang rape of a 16-year-old in Richmond, California, was sentenced in October, and four men who gang-raped a 15-year-old near New Orleans were sentenced in April, though the six men who gang-raped a 14-year-old in Chicago last fall are still at large.  Not that I actually went out looking for incidents: they’re everywhere in the ne ...
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Phil Spector's wife suing city of Alhambra over retaining wall
LATimes - almost 5 years
The wife of imprisoned music producer Phil Spector is suing the city of Alhambra for refusing to fix a retaining wall surrounding their home. Spector, 72, is currently serving a 19-year-to-life sentence in Corcoran State Prison for the 2003 murder of actress Lana Clarkson; he will not be eligible for parole until 2028, when he is 88. His wife, Rachelle, 31, a former Playboy model, married Spector in 2006 and lives in the mansion where Clarkson was shot. The lawsuit was filed April 19 in Los Angeles County Superior Court by attorneys Craig Collins and Steven Blum and contends the city failed to respond to repeated requests to repair a cracked retaining wall that surrounds the property. Collins and Blum have indicated they plan to serve the city with the lawsuit later this week, the San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported. It requests unspecified compensatory damages and alleges the wall poses safety concerns and could damage the property, reducing its value. According to City Atty ...
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Helen Mirren: International woman of mystery - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
Mirren is now shooting a 2012 Phil Spector biopic alongside Al Pacino for HBO (she plays Spector's defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden during the first Lana Clarkson trial), but there's always the chance of returning to the spy world
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EMMYS THREAT TO HELEN MIRREN OVER 'SYMPATHETIC' PHIL SPECTOR MOVIE - Express.co.uk
Google News - over 5 years
She is starring opposite Al Pacino, 71, who plays the eccentric “Wall of Sound” pop producer now serving a life sentence for the shotgun killing of actress and Hollywood club hostess Lana Clarkson in 2003. Both stars have been warned that if the HBO TV
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Roger Corman's Cult Classics Sword And Sorcery Collection - DVD Talk
Google News - over 5 years
Barbi Benton shows up, as well as Lana Clarkson (now most famous for having been killed by Phil Spector). An old crone convinces Stalker to collect three magical items, in order to keep them from the evil sorcerer Munkar (the cleverly named Bernard
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Phil Spector's Appeal is Denied - Artistdirect.com
Google News - over 5 years
The producer, who originated the "Wall of Sound" technique, was convicted of killing actress Lana Clarkson after she was found shot dead in the foyer of his home in 2003. Spector became well known in the press for his wild and crazy coif
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lana Clarkson
    FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 40
    On February 3, 2003, Clarkson was found dead in the mansion belonging to record producer Phil Spector.
    More Details Hide Details In the early hours of that morning, she met Spector while working at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. They left the House of Blues in Spector's limousine and drove to his mansion. Spector and Clarkson went inside while his driver waited outside in the car. About an hour later, the driver heard a gunshot before Spector exited his house through the back door with a gun. He was quoted as saying, according to affidavits, "I think I just shot her." Spector later said Clarkson's death was an "accidental suicide" and that she "kissed the gun". Spector was tried for the murder of Clarkson in 2007. On September 26, 2007, a mistrial was declared due to a hung jury ten to two for conviction. He was tried again for second-degree murder on October 20, 2008. On April 13, 2009, the jury found Spector guilty of murdering Clarkson. Spector was sentenced on May 29, 2009 to 19 years to life in state prison.
    She took a part-time side job in early January 2003 at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California to make ends meet.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 38
    In 2001, while living in Venice, California, for the last several years, Clarkson developed, wrote, produced, and directed a showcase reel titled Lana Unleashed.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 27
    In 1990, she starred as a supporting character in the period horror film Haunting of Morella as the evil attendant to a young woman played by model/actress Nicole Eggert.
    More Details Hide Details In the film, Clarkson played a dominating lesbian character who tries to resurrect the spirit of a witch burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. Clarkson's work in the B movie sci-fi genre inspired a cult following, making her a favorite at comic book conventions, where she made some promotional appearances signing autographs for her fans. She appeared in numerous other B movies as well as a range of television spots and appearing in commercials for Mercedes-Benz, Kmart, Nike, Mattel and Anheuser-Busch. Her television appearances include parts on Night Court, Silk Stalkings, Riptide, Three's Company, Knight Rider and Wings, and a guest appearance as a villain on the television adaptation of Roger Corman's film Black Scorpion in what would be her final role. Clarkson traveled around the United States and Europe while working on fashion photo shoots. Other projects took her to Japan, Greece, Argentina, Italy, Switzerland, France, Jamaica, and Mexico.
  • 1987
    Age 24
    In 1987, Clarkson appeared in the John Landis spoof Amazon Women on the Moon.
    More Details Hide Details Following that, Clarkson starred in Roger Corman's Barbarian Queen sequel, Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back, though the plots and characters bore no resemblance to the other film. Filmed in Mexico, the movie featured mud-wrestling Amazon women, magic sceptres, and (in homage to its predecessor) Clarkson's character stretched on a torture rack, her naked body writhing in agony as she is slowly tortured to death. Clarkson received star billing in the film which went directly to video. Although sales of the video were low, Corman did manage to turn a profit.
  • 1983
    Age 20
    In 1983, she also peeks into the frame in Scarface behind Michelle Pfeiffer dancing on the floor of the Phoenix Hill Tavern.
    More Details Hide Details Clarkson's best known films may be her work with Roger Corman, appearing first in his fantasy film Deathstalker, as a female warrior and love interest to the title character played by Richard Hill. Corman oriented his films towards young male viewers, using a mix of action and female nudity. Clarkson's work in Deathstalker led to her being offered the title role in Corman's next film, Barbarian Queen, a role Corman referred to as "the original Xena" because of the parallel in featuring a strong female leading character in an action-oriented sword-swinging role. The film gained cult status, in part due to an infamous scene where Clarkson is bound topless to a torture rack, interrogated, and raped.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 19
    In 1982, she made her screen debut as a minor character in director Amy Heckerling's coming-of-age comedy, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, based on the Cameron Crowe book.
    More Details Hide Details She played the wife of science teacher Mr. Vargas (Vincent Schiavelli). The film was her first speaking role.
  • 1978
    Age 15
    During the Christmas season of 1978 and after her father's death, Clarkson's family returned to Southern California and settled in the Los Angeles region of San Fernando Valley.
    More Details Hide Details After Clarkson's family moved back to Los Angeles County, she pursued a career in entertainment industry as a performer and fashion model. In the early 1980s, Clarkson landed bit parts in film and television.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1962
    Born
    Born on April 5, 1962.
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