Lana Turner

Actor
In her reign as a movie goddess of the 1940s and early 1950s, Lana Turner came to crystallize the opulent heights to which show business could usher a small-town girl, as well as its darkest, most tragic and ... Read more »
Born: 02/08/1920 in Wallace, Idaho, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Song Performer (Actor)

Falcon Crest 1981 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tenth Annual Circus of the Stars 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Witches' Brew 1977 (Movie)

Vivian Cross (Actor)

Bittersweet Love 1976 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Persecution 1974 (Movie)

Carrie Masters (Actor)

The Survivors 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Cube 1969 (Movie)

Adriana Roman (Actor)

Madame X 1965 (Movie)

Holly Anderson (Actor)

Love Has Many Faces 1964 (Movie)

Kit Jordon (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/16/63) 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Who's Got the Action? 1962 (Movie)

Melanie Flood (Actor)

Bachelor in Paradise 1961 (Movie)

Rosemary Howard (Actor)

By Love Possessed 1961 (Movie)

Marjorie Penrose (Actor)

Portrait in Black 1960 (Movie)

Sheila Cabot (Actor)

Imitation of Life 1959 (Movie)

Lora Meredith (Actor)

Another Time, Another Place 1958 (Movie)

Sara Scott (Actor)

The Lady Takes a Flyer 1958 (Movie)

Maggie Colby (Actor)

Peyton Place 1957 (Movie)

Constance MacKenzie (Actor)

The Prodigal 1955 (Movie)

Samarra (Actor)

The Rains of Ranchipur 1955 (Movie)

Edwina (Actor)

The Sea Chase 1955 (Movie)

Elsa Keller (Actor)

Betrayed 1954 (Movie)

Carla Van Oven (Actor)

Flame and the Flesh 1954 (Movie)

Madeline (Actor)

Latin Lovers 1953 (Movie)

Nora Ttaylor (Actor)

The Bad and the Beautiful 1951 (Movie)

Georgia Lorrison (Actor)

A Life of Her Own 1950 (Movie)

Lily Brannel James (Actor)

Green Dolphin Street 1947 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Postman Always Rings Twice 1946 (Movie)

Cora Smith (Actor)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 1940 (Movie)

(Actor)

Love Finds Andy Hardy 1937 (Movie)

Cynthia (Actor)

Biography

In her reign as a movie goddess of the 1940s and early 1950s, Lana Turner came to crystallize the opulent heights to which show business could usher a small-town girl, as well as its darkest, most tragic and narcissistic depths. In her years as a top box office draw, she and longtime studio MGM forged her statuesque form into any number of pop cultural effigies: the stuff of both starry-eyed legend and tabloid-feeding frenzies; of coquettish sensuality to the G.I.'s of World War II; and later of smoldering elegance, a bedazzling glamour girl and the archetypal, scheming femme fatale. Her apocryphal "discovery" at Schwab's Drug Store made her a textbook example of sun-drenched Hollywood dream-making, even as she would become a queen of the darkling plane of film noir as a sultry human pressure cooker erupting with lust and malice in her most fondly recalled film, "The Postman Always Rings Twice" (1946). But more visceral, real-life noir would shadow her through a rollercoaster journey of ill-considered and scandalous marriages and relationships, a legacy most ignominiously highlighted by a violent mobster bleeding to death in her home, leading to a tearful testimony in court that the press would snarkily call "her greatest performance."

Relationships

Lex Barker Actor

Husband
Fourth husband, married in 1953 divorced in 1957 marriage reportedly ended when Turner discovered he had been sexually abusing 10-year-old Cheryl Barker continued to deny claims to his death in 1973

Turhan Bey Actor

Companion
Reportedly had romance in 1940s

Cheryl Crane

Daughter
born in 1943 father, Stephen Crane stabbed mother's boyfriend Johnny Stompanato to death with a kitchen knife in April 1958 testified in court that Stompanato was threatening Turner and that she feared for her mother's life was acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide and self-defense became a ward of the state, spent most of her adolescence in reform school while parents fought for her custody Turner won when Crane turned 18 wrote autobiography, Detour: A Hollywood Story (

Stephen Crane

Husband
married twice first married in 1942 annulled when it turned out Crane was still legally married to his previous wife in the meantime, though, Lana Turner was pregnant with their child married again after Crane's divorce from previous wife was final father of Cheryl Crane divorced

Ronald Dante

Husband
seventh husband divorced

Robert Eaton

Husband
sixth husband divorced

Fernando Lamas Director

Companion

Peter Lawford Actor

Companion

Fred May

Husband
fifth husband married on November 27, 1960 divorced

Tyrone Power Actor

Companion
in her autobiography Turner claimed he was the great love of her life

Artie Shaw

Husband
first husband married in February 8, 1940 divorced in 1941

Johnny Stompanato

Companion
born c. 1925, stabbed to death by Turner's daughter Cheryl Crane on Good Friday, April 1958

Bob Topping

Husband
third husband married in 1948 divorced in 1952

Virgil Turner

Father
robbed and murdered in 1930

Mildred Turner

Mother

EDUCATION

Convent of Immaculate Conception

Hollywood , California

Hollywood High School

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

1994

Rumors that she had died circulated late in the year

1978

Last film, "Witches' Brew"

1976

Last film with top billing, "Bittersweet Love"

1970

Made stage debut in "Forty Carats"

1969

Starred in TV series, "The Survivors"

1959

Starred in biggest box office hit of her career, "Imitation of Life"

1957

Career boosted by success of her first post-MGM film, "Peyton Place"; film also marked first in which she played the mother of a grown daughter; also marked the one time she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress

1956

Left MGM after nearly twenty years; last film under contract, "Diane"

1954

Last of four films opposite Clark Gable, "Betrayed"

1946

Starred in one of her most famous films, "The Postman Always Rings Twice"

1940

Confirmed as top star with her performance in "Ziegfeld Girl"

1940

First film opposite Clark Gable, "Honky Tonk"

1938

Began playing leading roles at MGM in a series of programmers

1937

Film acting debut, "They Won't Forget"

1937

Film debut (in a crowd scene), "A Star is Born"

1936

Reportedly "discovered" by "Hollywood Reporter" editor Billy Wilkerson in a drug store while she was playing hooky from school (January)

1930

After father's murder, lived with foster parents until reunited with mother and moved to California

Packaged as "The Sweater Girl" in the late 1930s, she became a top WWII pinup

Stopped regularly appearing in films after 1962; thereafter would star in a film once every several years

Played recurring role of Chase Gioberti's (Robert Foxworth) mother on a season of the primetime CBS soap, "Falcon Crest", in the early 1980s

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