Lana Turner
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Lana Turner
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).
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Letter: Aren't we done with this yet? - Mercury-Register
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Having barely escaped the "Flapper era," where women wanted to be skinny and bound their breasts so they looked flat breasted, I was exposed to the Hollywood "Sweater Girl" treatment led by Lana Turner. As a small boy who insisted on solid food,
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Film Chronicling the Jewish Mafia in the Works - Shalom Life
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Stompanato would later have a tumultuous relationship with screen siren Lana Turner. In 1958, Turner's teenage daughter stabbed the abusive Stompanato in the actress' Beverly Hills home. Somehow, Cohen managed to acquire Lana Turner's love letters to
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Crane perfect author for Hollywood murder mystery - Tbo.com
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Her life story is an authentic Tinseltown tale: She had a privileged but emotionally chaotic upbringing as the only child of "sweater girl" Lana Turner. Crane became the central figure in one of Old Hollywood's greatest scandals when she was 14
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Pic history embraces 'Three'-peat - Variety
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Arguably the deadliest -- looking, if nothing else -- would be Lana Turner's Milady in MGM's 1948 Technicolor extravaganza starring an acrobatic Gene Kelly, and featuring a very evil Vincent Price. Inevitably, our heroes were ripe for comedy
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James Ellroy's City of Demons: 5 Freaky L.A. Crime Sites from the TV Series ... - LA Weekly (blog)
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Former Residence of Lana Turner at 730 North Bedford Drive, Beverly Hills In 1958, Lana Turner was enjoying a comeback after a few years out of the limelight. She had just been nominated for an Oscar for Peyton Place, and was romantically involved with
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'Twilight' Star Kristen Stewart Discovered Singing Dreidel Song - Forward (blog)
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Lana Turner was supposedly discovered at a soda shop while skipping school. Natalie Portman attracted attention while eating pizza on Long Island. And “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart? She was singing about a dreidel
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Screen siren and real life temptress had claim as first Bond girl - The Age
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Then, with her name changed to Linda Christian, she signed a contract with MGM, which gave her a small decorative role in the musical Holiday in Mexico (1946), shot in Hollywood, and an exotic one in Green Dolphin Street (1947) as Lana Turner's Maori
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Ann Dvorak one unforgettable 'girlie' on TCM's Summer Under The Star Aug. 9 - Examiner.com
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Ann Dvorak may not be as remembered today as Lana Turner or Bette Davis, although she co-starred with both of them, but TCM is honoring one of Warner Bros.'s biggest stars of the 1930s on August 9 with a day-long marathon featuring sixteen of her films
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8 P.M. (NBC) FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS Brian Grazer (''A Beautiful Mind,'' ''Arrested Development'') is an executive producer of this new half-hour comedy about a group of singles in their 20s navigating the dating world. Ryan Hansen (above with Danneel Ackles) plays Ben, in search of the perfect woman; Ms. Ackles is Sara, Ben's best friend and a
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The ability to do it on command and in diverse circumstances—plus, I suppose, an element of physical appeal—is what makes a star, The essence of movie acting is in the discovery, as by the agent who saw such qualities in Lana Turner at a lunch
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TV Guide Network Gets Dirty with Celebrities' Most Salacious Scandals in "100 ... - The Futon Critic
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The infamous Black Dahlia murder, vaudeville star Fatty Arbuckle accused of killing a young starlet, the stabbing of Lana Turner's lover by her own daughter and the gruesome slaying of the beautiful Sharon Tate by followers of Charles Manson all make
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Kirk Douglas wins tribute for breaking Hollywood blacklist - Jerusalem Post
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And let me tell you, it's not easy to make love to Lana Turner on an empty stomach.” He returned to Jewish observance in 1991 after surviving a helicopter crash that compressed his spine by three inches and killed two younger companions
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Today in History for July 19 - Daily Herald
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On July 19, 1961, TWA became the first airline to begin showing regularly scheduled in-flight movies as it presented "By Love Possessed," starring Lana Turner, to its first-class passengers. In 1553, King Henry VIII's daughter Mary was proclaimed Queen ... -
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Special Road Trip: The movies — How to connect with Mel Gibson, Betty White ... - Lewiston Sun Journal
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The following year the film "Peyton Place" was filmed about 40 miles up the coast, starring Hollywood starlet Lana Turner as well as Hope Lange, Lloyd Nolan and Arthur Kennedy. The seminal drama became the inspiration for a popular TV series of the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Lana Turner
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1995
    Age 74
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Her remains were cremated. Turner was survived by Cheryl Crane, her only child; and Crane's life partner Joyce "Josh" LeRoy, whom she said she accepted "as a second daughter". They inherited some of Turner's personal effects and $50,000 in Turner's will (her estate was estimated in court documents to be worth $1.7 million million in dollars) with the majority of her estate being left to Carmen Lopez Cruz, her maid and companion for 45 years and her caregiver during her final illness. Crane challenged the will and Lopez claimed that the majority of the estate was consumed by probate costs, legal fees, and Turner's final illness. For her contribution to the motion-picture industry, Turner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard. On May 24, 1950, Turner left hand and footprints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
  • 1993
    Age 72
    She stopped smoking after her diagnosis and, in February 1993, announced that she was cancer free.
    More Details Hide Details Despite treatment, the cancer returned in July 1994.
  • 1992
    Age 71
    A long-time heavy smoker, Turner was diagnosed with throat cancer in May 1992.
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  • 1985
    Age 64
    Turner made her final film appearance in 1985, and died from throat cancer in 1995, aged 74.
    More Details Hide Details Turner was born in the small mining town of Wallace, Idaho. She was the only daughter of parents, John Virgil Turner, a miner from Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee (September 11, 1894 – December 14, 1930), who was 26 years old when his daughter was born, and Mildred Frances Cowan, of Lamar, Arkansas (February 12, 1904 – February 22, 1982), who was 16 years old when her daughter was born. She had Dutch, Scottish, English, and Irish ancestry. Until her film career took off, young Julia Turner was known to family and friends as "Judy". Hard times eventually forced the family to relocate to San Francisco, where her parents soon separated.
  • 1982
    Age 61
    Turner also dated Tyrone Power for several months, and she considered him to be the love of her life. In her 1982 autobiography, Turner claims to have become pregnant with Power's child in 1948, but she chose to have an abortion. While on a goodwill trip to Europe and South Africa the same year, Power fell in love with Linda Christian in Rome. Power and Christian were married on January 27, 1949.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 59
    In 1980, Turner had what she referred to as a "religious awakening" and became a devout Roman Catholic.
    More Details Hide Details Turner was well known inside Hollywood circles for dating often, for changing partners often, and for never shying away from the topic of how many lovers she'd had in her lifetime. However, she claimed that sex was not important to her and that she was more of a romantic, stating: "All those years that my image on the screen as "sex goddess"—well that makes me laugh. Sex was never important to me. I’m sorry if that disappoints you, but it’s true. Romance, yes. Romance was very important. But I never liked being rushed into bed, and I never allowed it. I’d put it off as long as I could and I gave in only when I was in love, or thought I was. It was always the courtship, the cuddling, and the closeness that I cared about, never the act of sex itself—with some exceptions of course. I’m not masquerading as a prude, but I’ve always been portrayed as a sexy woman, and that’s wrong. Sensuous, yes. When I’m involved with someone I care for deeply, I can feel sensual. But that’s a private matter."
  • FORTIES
  • 1969
    Age 48
    Turner claimed she was chaste for the remainder of her life, after her final divorce in 1969 and had no desire to marry again.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1970s and 1980s, Turner appeared in several television roles, most notably as a guest star for several episodes on the series Falcon Crest as the mysterious Jaqueline Perrault and The Love Boat, but the majority of her final decade was spent out of the public eye. On October 25, 1981, the National Film Society presented Lana with an Artistry in Cinema award. In 1994, she received Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, Spain. In 1982, Turner released an autobiography entitled Lana: The Lady, The Legend, The Truth. Turner stated she was on a "downhill slide" for much of the 1970s, drinking heavily, not eating, missing performances, and only weighing 95 pounds. She decided to stop drinking, eat organic food, and examine her spiritual side.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1958
    Age 37
    On the evening of April 4, 1958, after the Oscar telecast which she had attended without him, Turner and Stompanato began arguing heatedly in Turner's rented house at 730 North Bedford Drive in Beverly Hills.
    More Details Hide Details Fearing that her mother's life was in danger, Turner's 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl, grabbed a kitchen knife and ran to Turner's defense. Many theories abound as to what actually happened, but the teenager apparently stabbed Stompanato, killing him. The murder case quickly became a media sensation. It was later deemed a justifiable homicide at a coroner's inquest, during which Turner provided dramatic testimony.
    Another few box-office failures followed (Another Time, Another Place (1958), for example) when the 1958 scandal surrounding her daughter's killing of Stompanato threatened to derail her career completely.
    More Details Hide Details In the trail of the related negative publicity, Turner accepted the lead role in Ross Hunter's remake of Imitation of Life (1959) under the direction of Douglas Sirk. Universal Studios capitalized on her new-found notoriety; the result was one of the biggest hits of the year, and the biggest of Turner's career; she owned 50% of the earnings of the picture and during just the first year of the film's release she earned $11 million. Critics and audiences could not help noticing that the plots of Peyton Place and Imitation of Life each seemed to mirror certain parts of Turner's private life. Specifically, both film depicted the troubled, complicated relationship between a single mother and her teenaged daughter. She made her last film at MGM starring with Bob Hope in Bachelor in Paradise (1961). Turner's projects of this era include By Love Possessed (1961), based on the James Gould Cozzens novel. On July 19, 1961, it became the first in-flight movie to be shown on a regular basis on a scheduled airline flight, by Trans World Airlines (TWA) to its first-class passengers. Other highlights of this period include two Hunter productions (for whom she did Imitation of Life), Portrait in Black (1960), a box office success, co-starring Anthony Quinn and Sandra Dee, and Madame X (1966), which proved to be her last major starring role.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Turner's next film, Imitation of Life (1959), proved to be one of the greatest financial successes of her career, but onward from the early 1960s, her roles were fewer. Turner spent most of the 1970s and early 1980s in semiretirement, only working occasionally. In 1982, she accepted a much publicized and lucrative recurring guest role in the television series Falcon Crest, affording the series the highest rating it ever achieved.
  • 1957
    Age 36
    Turner met Johnny Stompanato during the spring of 1957, shortly after ending her marriage to Barker.
    More Details Hide Details After she discovered his ties to the Los Angeles underworld (in particular, his association with gangster Mickey Cohen), she tried to break off the affair out of fear of bad publicity. Stompanato was not easily deterred, however, and over the course of the following year, they carried on a relationship filled with violent arguments, physical abuse, and repeated reconciliations. In the fall of 1957, Stompanato visited Turner in England, where she was filming Another Time, Another Place (1958), co-starring Sean Connery. In her autobiography, Turner said that she arranged for Stompanato's visit because she was lonely and having a difficult time filming. Their reunion was initially happy, but the two soon began fighting. Stompanato became suspicious when Turner would not allow him to visit the set and, during one fight, he choked her, causing her to miss three weeks of filming. Turner later wrote that she and her makeup man, Del Armstrong, called Scotland Yard in order to have Stompanato deported. Stompanato got wind of the plan and showed up on the set with a gun, threatening her and her co-star Connery, whom he warned to keep away from Turner. Connery answered by grabbing the gun out of Stompanato's hand and twisting his wrist, causing him to run off the set sheepishly. Turner and Armstrong later returned with two Scotland Yard detectives to the rented house where she and Stompanato were staying.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1951
    Age 30
    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.
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  • 1949
    Age 28
    The project was shelved for several months, and Turner insisted in December 1949 that she had nothing to do with it, saying: "Everybody agrees that the script is still a pile of junk.
    More Details Hide Details I'm anxious to get started. By the time this one comes out, it will be almost three years since I was last on the screen, in The Three Musketeers. I don't think it's healthy to stay off the screen that long." During the 1950s, Turner starred in a series of films that failed at the box office, a situation MGM attempted to remedy by casting her in musicals. The first, Mr. Imperium (1951), was a flop, while The Merry Widow (1952) was more successful. She gave a widely praised performance in Vincente Minnelli's film, The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) (in a role partly based on Diana Barrymore), and later starred with John Wayne in the adventure film The Sea Chase (1955). She was then cast in the epic The Prodigal (1955), but the film and her performance in general were not well received. After the film Diane (1956), MGM opted not to renew her contract. This was a difficult time for Hollywood's major studios because a recent court decision forced them to divest themselves of their movie theaters. In addition, television had caught on in a big way; the public was staying home. Turner was just one of MGM's star roster to be let go. Her career recovered briefly after she appeared in the hugely successful big-screen adaptation of Grace Metalious's best-selling novel, Peyton Place (1957), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
    In 1949, she was to headline A Life of Her Own (1950).
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  • 1948
    Age 27
    However, in January 1948, it was reported that she had withdrawn from the film.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, Louis B. Mayer gave her permission for doing so because of her schedule, but she was later that month put on suspension. Eventually, Turner agreed to make the film, but did not start production until March due to having to lose weight.
  • 1947
    Age 26
    In November 1947, she agreed to do the film, thereby giving up an unfinished film project called Bedeviled.
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    Nevertheless, she took the female lead in Homecoming (1948) in August 1947, only moments after finishing Cass Timberlane.
    More Details Hide Details She was the studio's first choice for the role, but they were reluctant to offer her the part, considering her overbooked schedule. Paired again with Clark Gable in Homecoming, their chemistry projected on the screen was well received by the audience, and they were nicknamed "the team that generates steam". By this period, Turner was at the zenith of her film career, and was not only MGM's most popular star, but also one of the 10 best-paid women in the United States. In 1948, Turner appeared in her first Technicolor film, as Lady de Winter in The Three Musketeers, opposite Gene Kelly, Van Heflin, and June Allyson.
  • 1946
    Age 25
    Later that year, Turner headlined Cass Timberlane, a role for which Jennifer Jones, Vivien Leigh, and Virginia Grey were previously considered. As of early 1946, Turner was set for the role, but schedules with Green Dolphin Street almost prohibited her from taking the role, and by late 1946, she was almost recast.
    More Details Hide Details Production of Cass Timberlane was very exhausting for Turner, as it was shot in between retakes of Green Dolphin Street.
    She got the role after turning down "four pretty-pretty parts in a row." The film became a box office success, which prompted the studio to take more risks on the star. In August 1946, it was announced Turner was set to replace Katharine Hepburn in the big-budgeted historical drama Green Dolphin Street (1947), a role for which she darkened her hair and lost 15 pounds.
    More Details Hide Details It was Carey Wilson who insisted on casting Turner, based on her exceptional performance in The Postman Always Rings Twice. Turner later recalled she was surprised about replacing Hepburn, saying: "And I guess I'm about the most un-Hepburnish actress on the lot. But it was just what I wanted to do." It was her first starring role that did not center on her looks. In an interview, Turner said: "I even go running around in the jungles of New Zealand in a dress that's filthy and ragged. I don't wear any make-up and my hair's a mess." Nevertheless, she insisted she would not give up her glamorous image.
    While not exactly giving up her pin-up credentials, Turner established herself as a skilled actress, and commented on this in 1946:
    More Details Hide Details I finally got tired of making movies where all I did was walk across the screen and look pretty. I got a big chance to do some real acting in The Postman Always Rings Twice, and I'm not going to slip back if I can help it. I tried to persuade the studio to give me something different. But every time I went into my argument about how bad a picture was, they'd say, 'well, it's making a fortune.' That licked me.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 19
    Following the canned The Sea-Wolf project, Turner and Gable were set to star in The Uniform in December 1940.
    More Details Hide Details Turner was eventually replaced by Rosalind Russell, and the film was released as They Met in Bombay (1941). Meanwhile, Turner was receiving much publicity for her personal life, and her career was one of the very few to be furthered by this. MGM boosted this by changing the title of her latest film to Slightly Dangerous (1943). After the war, Turner's career continued successfully with the release, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), which co-starred John Garfield. Turner did not get along with him, according to one documentary, and when she found he was her male lead, she responded: "Couldn't they at least hire someone attractive?" The now-classic film noir marked a turning point in Turner's career as her first femme fatale role. Reviews of the film, and in particular, Turner's performance, were glowing, with a critic of The New York Times writing it was "the role of her career."
    In early 1940, she was also set to star in a remake of Our Dancing Daughters, but the film was never made.
    More Details Hide Details From the beginning of her career, Turner stood her ground on her beliefs and was one of the few actresses at MGM to go against Mayer's wishes. Turner, an actress bolstered by her extreme beauty, reached the height of her fame in the 1940s and 1950s. During World War II, Turner became a popular pin-up girl because of her popularity in such films such as Ziegfeld Girl (1941), Johnny Eager (1942), Slightly Dangerous (1943), and four films with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's "king of the lot", Clark Gable. The Turner-Gable films' successes were only heightened by gossip-column rumors about a relationship between the two. Turner even had a B-17 Flying Fortress—the Tempest Turner—named after her.
  • 1937
    Age 16
    In late 1937, she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $100 a week, and graduated from high school in between filming.
    More Details Hide Details According to LeRoy, she made the switch thanks to him, for he left Warners to work at MGM and was advised by studio head Jack L. Warner to take her with him, because Warner believed that she would not "amount to anything". Her first starring role for MGM was scheduled to be an adaptation of The Sea-Wolf, co-starring Clark Gable, but the project was eventually canned. Instead, she was assigned opposite teen idol Mickey Rooney in the Andy Hardy film Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). This appearance, as a flirtatious girl described as "the kissing bug", convinced Louis B. Mayer that LeRoy's protégée Turner could be the next Jean Harlow, a sex symbol who had died six months before Turner's arrival at MGM. Mayer turned her into a glamorous star and gave her the leads in several youth-oriented films in the late 1930s and early 1940s, such as Dramatic School (1938), These Glamour Girls (1939) and Dancing Co-Ed (1939).
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Age 10
    With her 10-year-old daughter, she moved to Los Angeles in 1931.
    More Details Hide Details Turner attended a Catholic church in Stockton with a local family. She converted to Catholicism taking the saints names "Mildred Frances" after her mother. Mildred and Lana were very poor, and Turner was sometimes separated from her mother, living with friends or acquaintances so the family could save money. Her mother worked 80 hours a week as a beautician to support them. After Turner was discovered, her mother became the overseer of Turner's career. Turner's discovery in Hollywood is a show-business legend. As a 16-year-old student at Hollywood High School, Turner skipped a typing class and bought a Coke at the Top Hat Malt Shop located on the southeast corner of Sunset Boulevard and McCadden Place (not Schwab's Pharmacy, as is commonly believed and reported), where she was spotted by William R. Wilkerson, publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. Wilkerson was attracted by her beauty and physique, and referred her to the actor/comedian/talent agent Zeppo Marx. Marx's agency immediately signed her and introduced her to film director Mervyn LeRoy, who cast her in her first film, They Won't Forget (1937).
  • 1930
    Age 9
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He was later found dead on the corner of Minnesota and Mariposa Streets, on the edge of Potrero Hill and the Dogpatch District in San Francisco, his left shoe and sock missing. The robbery and murder were never solved. Soon after, her mother developed health problems and was advised by her doctor to move to a drier climate.
  • 1921
    Age 0
    Born on February 8, 1921.
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