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Biography

Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the “Sweater Girl” image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional accomplishments.

Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner in Wallace, Idaho. There is some discrepancy as to whether her birthdate was February 8, 1920 or 1921. Lana herself said in her autobiography that she was one year younger (1921) than the records showed, but then this was a time where women, especially actresses, tended to “fib” a bit about their age. Most sources agree that 1920 is the correct year of birth. Her parents were Mildred Frances (Cowan) and John Virgil Turner, a miner, both still in their teens when she was born. In 1929, her father was murdered and it was shortly thereafter that her mother moved her and the family to California where jobs were “plentiful.” Once she matured into a beautiful young woman, she went after something that would last forever: stardom. She wasn’t found at a drugstore counter like some would have you believe, but that legend persists. She pounded the pavement as other would-be actors and actresses have done, are doing, and will continue to do in search of movie roles.

In 1937, Lana entered the movie world, at 17, with small parts in They Won’t Forget (1937), The Great Garrick (1937), and A Star Is Born (1937). These films didn’t bring her a lot of notoriety, but it was a start. In 1938, she had another small part in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938) starring Mickey Rooney. It was this film that made young men’s hearts all over America flutter at the sight of this alluring and provocative young woman–known as the “Sweater Girl”–and one look at that film could make you understand why: she was one of the most spectacularly beautiful newcomers to grace the screen in years. By the 1940s, Lana was firmly entrenched in the film business. She had good roles in such films as Johnny Eager (1941), Somewhere I’ll Find You (1942), and Week-End at the Waldorf (1945). If her career was progressing smoothly, however, her private life was turning into a train wreck, keeping her in the news in a way no one would have wanted.

Without a doubt her private life was a threat to her public career. She was married eight times, twice to Stephen Crane. She also married Ronald Dante, Robert Eaton, Fred May, Lex Barker, Henry Topping, and bandleader Artie Shaw. She also battled alcoholism. In yet another scandal, her daughter by Crane, Cheryl Crane, fatally stabbed Lana’s boyfriend, gangster Johnny Stompanato, in 1958. It was a case that would have rivaled the O.J. Simpson murder case. Cheryl was acquitted of the murder charge, with the jury finding that she had been protecting her mother from Stompanato, who was savagely beating her, and ruled it justifiable homicide. These and other incidents interfered with Lana’s career, but she persevered. The release of Imitation of Life (1959), a remake of a 1934 film (Imitation of Life (1934)), was Lana’s comeback vehicle. Her performance as Lora Meredith was flawless as an actress struggling to make it in show business with a young daughter, her housekeeper and the housekeeper’s rebellious daughter. The film was a box-office success and proved beyond a doubt that Lana had not lost her edge.

By the 1960s, however, fewer roles were coming her way with the rise of new and younger stars. She still managed to turn in memorable performances in such films as Portrait in Black (1960) and Bachelor in Paradise (1961). By the next decade the roles were coming in at a trickle. Her last appearance in a big-screen production was in Witches’ Brew (1980). Her final film work came in the acclaimed TV series Falcon Crest (1981) in which she played Jacqueline Perrault from 1982-1983. After all those years as a sex symbol, nothing had changed–Lana was still as beautiful as ever. She died June 25, 1995, in Culver City, California, after a long bout with cancer. She was 75 years old.

Filmography

  • 1985The Love Boat (TV Series) -Elizabeth Raley
  • 1982-1983 Falcon Crest (TV Series) Jacqueline Perrault
  • 1980 Witches’ Brew Vivian Cross
  • 1976 Bittersweet Love Claire Peterson
  • 1974 Persecution Carrie Masters
  • 1971 The Last of the Powerseekers (TV Movie) Tracy Carlyle Hastings
  • 1969-1970The Survivors (TV Series) Tracy Carlyle Hastings
  • 1969 The Big Cube Adriana Roman
  • 1966 Madame X Holly Parker
  •  1965 Love Has Many Faces Kit Jordon
  • 1962 Who’s Got the Action? Melanie Flood
  • 1961 Bachelor in Paradise Rosemary Howard
  • 1961 By Love Possessed Marjorie Penrose
  •  1960 Portrait in Black Sheila Cabot
  • 1959 Imitation of Life Lora Meredith
  • 1958 Another Time, Another Place Sara Scott
  • 1957  Peyton Place Constance MacKenzie
  • 1957 The Lady Takes a Flyer Maggie Colby
  • 1956 Diane Diane de Poitiers – Countess de Breze
  • 1955 The Rains of Ranchipur Lady Edwina Esketh
  • 1955 The Sea Chase Elsa Keller
  • 1955 The Prodigal Samarra
  • 1954  Betrayed Carla Van Oven
  • 1954 Flame and the Flesh Madeline
  • 1953 Latin Lovers Nora Taylor
  • 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful Georgia Lorrison
  • 1952The Merry Widow Crystal Radek
  • 1952 Singin’ in the Rain Actress in ‘The Royal Rascal’ (uncredited)
  • 1951 Mr. Imperium Fredda Barlo
  • 1950A Life of Her Own Lily Brannel James
  • 1948The Three Musketeers Lady de Winter
  • 1948 Homecoming Lt. Jane ‘Snapshot’ McCall
  • 1947 Cass Timberlane Virginia ‘Ginny’ Marshland
  • 1947 Green Dolphin Street Marianne Patourel
  • 1946 The Postman Always Rings Twice Cora Smith
  • 1945 Week-End at the Waldorf Bunny Smith
  • 1945 Keep Your Powder Dry Valerie Parks
  • 1944 Marriage Is a Private Affair Theo Scofield West
  • 1943 Du Barry Was a Lady Lana Turner (uncredited)
  • 1943 Slightly Dangerous Peggy Evans aka Carol Burden
  • 1943 The Youngest Profession Lana Turner
  • 1942 Somewhere I’ll Find You Paula Lane
  • 1941 Johnny Eager Lisbeth Bard
  •  1941 Honky Tonk Elizabeth Cotton
  • 1941 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Beatrix Emery
  • 1941 Ziegfeld Girl Sheila Regan
  • 1940We Who Are Young Margy Brooks
  • 1940 Two Girls on Broadway Pat Mahoney
  • 1939 Dancing Co-Ed Patty Marlow
  • 1939 These Glamour Girls Jane Thomas
  • 1939 Calling Dr. Kildare Rosalie
  • 1938 Dramatic School Mado
  • 1938 Rich Man, Poor Girl Helen
  • 1938 Four’s a Crowd Passerby (uncredited)
  • 1938 The Chaser Miss Rutherford (scenes deleted)
  • 1938 Love Finds Andy Hardy Cynthia
  • 1938 The Adventures of Marco Polo Maid
  • 1937 The Great Garrick Auber
  • 1937 Topper  Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
  • 1937 They Won’t Forget Mary Clay

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Licensing

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