Joseph Stephen Crane

American actor Joseph Stephen Crane

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.
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Pauma Valley

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  • 1985
    Age 69
    On February 6, 1985, Crane died of anemia one day shy of his 69th birthday.
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  • 1984
    Age 68
    By 1984, Crane was in ailing health and his ex-wife Helen Demaree cared for him in her home in Pauma Valley.
  • 1978
    Age 62
    After selling the Luau in 1978, Crane seemed to disappear from the public eye.
  • 1958
    Age 42
    On April 4, 1958, Stephen Crane's 14-year-old daughter, Cheryl, killed Lana Turner's boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato.
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  • 1948
    Age 32
    In 1948, Crane married French sex symbol and actress Martine Carol, famous for her role in Lola Montès (1955) but the couple were divorced in 1953.
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    Crane was engaged to starlet Lila Leeds when, in 1948, she was arrested along with actor Robert Mitchum for smoking marijuana.
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  • 1943
    Age 27
    Their daughter, Cheryl Crane, was born on July 25, 1943. The marriage did not last and the couple was divorced a second time in August 1944.
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    After discovering that she was pregnant, Turner remarried Crane in March 1943.
  • 1942
    Age 26
    Crane and Turner were married on July 17, 1942, but the happy union was short-lived.
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    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.
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  • 1939
    Age 23
    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.
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  • 1937
    Age 21
    Joe Crane and his younger brother, Billy, were on a trip to Mexico City when they decided to visit Hollywood on a whim in the summer of 1937.
    A member of the fraternity Sigma Chi and the dramatic theater Scarlet Masque, Crane graduated with a B.A. in Business in 1937.
  • 1933
    Age 17
    In Crawfordsville, Crane was known to family and friends as "Joe". Active in drama and debate, Crane graduated from Crawfordsville High School in 1933.
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  • 1916
    Age 0
    Born on February 7, 1916.
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