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Lana Turner Biography and Filmography
Lana Turner
Birthday: February 8, 1921
Birth Place: Wallace, Idaho, USA
Height: 5' 3"
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One of the most glamorous superstars of Hollywood's golden era, Lana Turner was born February 8, 1921, in Wallace, ID. At the age of 15, while cutting school, she was spotted by Hollywood Reporter staffer Billy Wilkinson in a Hollywood drugstore; enchanted by her beauty, he escorted her to the offices of the Zeppo Marx Agency, resulting in a bit part in 1937's A Star Is Born. Rejected by RKO, Fox, and any number of other studios, Turner next briefly showed up in They Won't Forget. Mervin LeRoy, the picture's director, offered her a personal contract at 50 dollars a week, and she subsequently appeared fleetingly in a series of films at Warner Bros. When LeRoy moved to MGM, Turner followed, and the usual series of bit parts followed before she won her first lead role in the 1939 B-comedy These Glamour Girls. Dancing Co-Ed, a vehicle for bandleader Artie Shaw, followed that same year, and after starring in 1940's Two Girls on Broadway, she and Shaw married. Dubbed "the Sweater Girl" by the press, Turner was touted by MGM as a successor to Jean Harlow, but audiences did not take her to heart; she did, however, become a popular pin-up, especially with American soldiers fighting overseas. In 1941 she starred opposite Clark Gable in Honky Tonk, her first major hit. They again teamed in Somewhere I'll Find You the next year. Upon separating from Shaw, Turner married actor Stephen Crane, but when his earlier divorce was declared invalid, a media frenzy followed; MGM chief Louis B. Mayer was so incensed by the debacle that he kept the now-pregnant Turner off movie screens for a year. Upon returning in 1944's Marriage Is a Private Affair, Turner's stardom slowly began to grow, culminating in her most sultry and effective turn to date as a femme fatale in 1946's The Postman Always Rings Twice. The film was a tremendous success, and it made Turner one of Hollywood's brightest stars. Both 1947's Green Dolphin Street and Cass Timberlane were hits, but a 1948 reunion with Gable in Homecoming failed to re-create their earlier sparks. After appearing in The Three Musketeers, she disappeared from screens for over a year, resurfacing in the George Cukor trifle A Life of Her Own. Turner's box-office stock was plummeting, a situation which MGM attempted to remedy by casting her in musicals; while the first, 1951's Mr. Imperium, was an unmitigated disaster, 1952's The Merry Widow was more successful. However, a string of failures followed, and after 1955's Diane, MGM opted not to renew her contract.When Turner's next project, The Rains of Ranchipur, also failed to ignite audience interest, she again took a sabbatical from movie-making. She returned in 1957 with Peyton Place, director Mark Robson's hugely successful adaptation of Grace Metalious' infamous best-seller about the steamy passions simmering beneath the surface of small-town life. Turner's performance won an Academy Award nomination, and the following year she made international headlines when her lover, gangster Johnny Stampanato, was stabbed to death by her teenage daughter, Cheryl Crane; a high-profile court trial followed, and although Crane was eventually acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide, Turner's reputation took a severe beating. The 1959 Douglas Sirk tearjerker Imitation of Life was Turner's last major hit, however, and after a string of disappointments culminating in 1966's Madame X, she did not reappear in films for three years, returning with The Big Cube. Also in 1969, she and George Hamilton co-starred in the short-lived television series The Survivors. After touring in a number of stage productions, Turner starred in the little-seen 1974 horror film Persecution, followed in 1976 by Bittersweet Love. Her final film, Witches' Brew, a semi-comic remake of the 1944 horror classic Weird Woman, was shot in 1978 but not widely released until 1985. In 1982, she published an autobiography, Lana: The Lady, the Legend, the Truth, and also began a stint as a semi-regular on the TV soap opera Falcon Crest. After spending the majority of her final decade in retirement, Lana Turner died June 29, 1995, at the age of 74.
Thwarted (1991)
Call Me Grandma/A Gentleman of Discretion/The Perfect Divorce/Letting Go: Part 2 (1985)
[ Haley Mills ][ Anne Baxter ]
Witches' Brew (1980)
[ Teri Garr ]
Bittersweet Love (1976)
[ Meredith Baxter ][ Gail Strickland ]
Persecution (1974)
[ Olga Georges-Picot ]
The Last of the Powerseekers (1971)
The Big Cube (1969)
Madame X (1966)
Love Has Many Faces (1965)
[ Stefanie Powers ][ Nancy Wilson ]
Who's Got the Action? (1962)
[ June Wilkinson ]
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
[ Leslie Hope ][ Agnes Moorehead ][ Paula Prentis ]
By Love Possessed (1961)
[ Yvonne Craig ][ Susan Kohner ]
Portrait in Black (1960)
[ Sandra Dee ]
Imitation of Life (1959)
[ Sandra Dee ][ Susan Kohner ][ Juanita Moore ]
Another Time, Another Place (1958)
[ Glynis Johns ]
The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958)
Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
[ Esther Williams ]
Peyton Place (1957)
[ Jo Kennedy ][ Diane Varsi ]
Diane (1956)
The Rains of Ranchipur (1955)
The Sea Chase (1955)
The Prodigal (1955)
[ Allison Hayes ]
Betrayed (1954)
The Flame and the Flesh (1954)
[ Pier Angeli ]
Latin Lovers (1953)
[ Rita Moreno ]
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
[ Barbara Billingsley ][ Gloria Grahame ][ Elaine Stewart ]
The Merry Widow (1952)
[ Joi Lansing ]
Mr. Imperium (1951)
[ Debbie Reynolds ]
A Life of Her Own (1950)
The Three Musketeers (1948)
[ Angela Lansbury ][ June Allyson ]
Homecoming (1948)
[ Honor Blackman ][ Anne Baxter ]
Cass Timberlane (1947)
Green Dolphin Street (1947)
[ Donna Reed ]
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
[ Ginger Rodgers ]
Keep Your Powder Dry (1945)
[ Agnes Moorehead ][ June Lockhart ]
Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
[ Lucille Ball ][ Ava Gardener ]
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
Johnny Eager (1942)
Honky Tonk (1941)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
[ Ingrid Bergman ]
Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
[ Judy Garland ][ Hedy Lamarr ][ Eve Arden ]
We Who Are Young (1940)
Two Girls on Broadway (1940)
[ Joan Blondell ]
These Glamour Girls (1939)
Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)
Dancing Co-Ed (1939)
[ Veronica Lake ]
Dramatic School (1938)
[ Paulette Goddard ]
Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)
Four's a Crowd (1938)
[ Olivia de Havilland ][ Margaret Hamilton ][ Rosalind Russel ]
The Chaser (1938)
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
[ Judy Garland ]
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
The Great Garrick (1937)
[ Olivia de Havilland ]
Topper (1937)
[ Billie Burke ]
They Won't Forget (1937)
A Star Is Born (1937)
  • Born at 12:30pm-PST
  • Her eyebrows were shaved off for the bit part of a harem girl early in her screen career. They never grew back.
  • In her autobiography, she stated that her true birthdate is February 8, 1921. She stated that "I am one year younger than the records show."
  • Fainted during her 1953 wedding to Lex Barker.
  • One daughter: Cheryl Crane (fathered by Steve Crane).
  • Billy Wilkerson of The Hollywood Reporter found her sipping a Coke in a drugstore and was so taken by her he blurted out that standard Hollywood line, "How'd you like to be in pictures?". Her first role, sure enough, had her in a tight skirt and even tighter sweater sitting at a drugstore counter.
  • She was set to appear in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) with James Stewart until she objected to the off-the-rack wardrobe that director Otto Preminger had selected for her. Lee Remick took over the role.
  • Her daughter, Cheryl Crane, wrote a book about her life with her mother, her mother's 7 husbands and numerous boyfriends and living in Hollywood. It was entitled "Detour: A Hollywood Story" and was published in 1988 (ISBN:o-380-70580-X)
  • Measurements: 34C-25-34 ("The Sweater Girl" -1940), 35 1/2C-24 1/2-36 (from "Movieland Pin-Ups"- 1954), 34C-26-38 (from her auto-biography), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Once when she was being interviewed by Hedda Hopper, Lex Barker, Lana's future husband, was in the same room. There was a large vase of flowers blocking her view of Lex, so Lana got up, walked across the room and removed them, remarking, "He's brand new and I want to look at him!"
  • Her auburn hair was bleached for Idiot's Delight (1939). She was withdrawn from the film, but the fact that she had become a blonde not only changed her screen image but gave her such an outgoing, swinging personality that Hollywood called her the Nightclub Queen.
  • She was called the Sweater Girl. Interestingly, Lana, translated into Spanish means "wool."
  • In the movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) with Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman she was originally supposed to play the part of Ivy, the tart, and Bergman was supposed to play the innocent girl engaged to Tracy but Bergman wanted Turner's part and so the roles were switched.
  • Once she was forced to evacuate her apartment building when a fire broke out. Having only minutes to collect what she needed, Lana grabbed her lipstick, her eyebrow pencil and her hairdryer.
  • She was a true American hybrid, with a mixture of Scotch, Irish, Dutch and English ancestry.
  • Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
  • Is portrayed by Brenda Bakke in L.A. Confidential (1997)
  • Once said that her turn as Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) was "the role I liked best".

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