Lana Turner

Actress 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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Deceased
29 June 1995

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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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What's On Today
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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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Photo Plays - New Yorker (blog)
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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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    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 72
    She stopped smoking after her diagnosis and, in February 1993, announced that she was cancer free.
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  • 1992
    Age 71
    A long-time heavy smoker, Turner was diagnosed with throat cancer in May 1992.
  • 1985
    Age 64
    Turner made her final film appearance in 1985, and died from throat cancer in 1995, aged 74.
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  • 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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1980
    Age 59
    In 1980, Turner had what she referred to as a "religious awakening" and became a devout Roman Catholic.
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  • 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.
    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 1957
    Age 36
    Turner met Johnny Stompanato during the spring of 1957, shortly after ending her marriage to Barker.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
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    In 1949, she was to headline A Life of Her Own (1950).
  • 1948
    Age 27
    However, in January 1948, it was reported that she had withdrawn from the film.
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  • 1947
    Age 26
    In November 1947, she agreed to do the film, thereby giving up an unfinished film project called Bedeviled.
    Nevertheless, she took the female lead in Homecoming (1948) in August 1947, only moments after finishing Cass Timberlane.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    While not exactly giving up her pin-up credentials, Turner established herself as a skilled actress, and commented on this in 1946:
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1940
    Age 19
    Following the canned The Sea-Wolf project, Turner and Gable were set to star in The Uniform in December 1940.
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    In early 1940, she was also set to star in a remake of Our Dancing Daughters, but the film was never made.
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  • 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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Age 10
    With her 10-year-old daughter, she moved to Los Angeles in 1931.
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  • 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.
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  • 1921
    Age 0
    Born on February 8, 1921.
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