Hollywood actress most widely known for her part in the 1959 remake of Imitation of Existence. She previously made an appearance in Ziegfeld Young lady in 1941 and in Someplace I’ll Discover You in 1942. After her dad was robbed and wiped out for gaming, she and her mom shifted from Idaho to LA. Her part in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde produced her an early on Scream Queen. She wedded and divorced eight instances, and wedded Joseph Stephen Crane double between 1942 and 1944. She got one girl, Cheryl. She starred in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with John Barrymore.
Full Name Lana Turner
Date Of Birth February 8, 1921
Died June 29, 1995, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Wallace, ID
Height 1.6 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Hollywood High School
Spouse Ronald Pellar, Robert P. Eaton, Frederick May, Lex Barker, Henry J. Topping, Jr., Joseph Stephen Crane, Artie Shaw
Children Cheryl Crane
Parents Mildred Frances Cowan, John Virgil Madison Turner
Movies Imitation of Life, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Bad and the Beautiful, Madame X, Peyton Place, Ziegfeld Girl, They Won't Forget, Johnny Eager, Portrait in Black, Slightly Dangerous, Somewhere I'll Find You, The Three Musketeers, Green Dolphin Street, Honky Tonk, Love Finds Andy Hardy, A Life of Her Own, The Merry Widow, The Prodigal, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Another Time, Another Place, Latin Lovers, The Rains of Ranchipur, By Love Possessed, Mr. Imperium, Marriage Is a Private Affair, The Sea Chase, Homecoming, Dancing Co Ed, Cass Timberlane, The Big Cube, The Adventures of Marco Polo, Week-End at the Waldorf, Betrayed, These Glamour Girls, Love Has Many Faces, Flame and the Flesh, Who's Got the Action?, The Lady Takes a Flyer, The Great Garrick, Keep Your Powder Dry, Two Girls on Broadway, Persecution, We Who Are Young, Rich Man Poor Girl, Bachelor in Paradise, Bittersweet Love, Dramatic School, Calling Dr. Kildare, Witches' Brew, Four's a Crowd, The Last of the Powerseekers
TV Shows Falcon Crest, Harold Robbins' The Survivors
Star Sign Aquarius
Daughter Cheryl Crane fatally stabbed Turner's lover, gangster Johnny Stompanato, during a physical altercation in 1958. Stompanato physically attacked Turner, and Crane, who was 14 at the time, wanted to protect her mother. Jerry Giesler represented Crane. The murder was deemed justifiable homicide at a coroner's inquest and Crane was acquitted.
Her first lover was Greg Bautzer a lawyer who became known as "The Man Who Seduced Hollywood.".
According to her autobiography Turner lost her virginity to lawyer Greg Bautzer in March 1938 at age 17. Their relationship ended after Joan Crawford revealed to Turner that she and Bautzer had been having an affair.
In 1958, while filming Another Time, Another Place (1958) in London, England, she was visited by her boyfriend, gangster Johnny Stompanato. Stompanato suspected that she was having an affair with co-star Sean Connery and at one point confronted Connery and threatened to kill him. Connery knocked him unconscious with one punch. He then waited until Stompanato regained consciousness and told him that if he ever saw Stompanato again he would kill him. Stompanato left London the next day.
When she was a young girl, she had dreams of becoming a dress designer.
At one point in her life, she counted and discovered that she owned 698 pairs of shoes.
After her small but stunning part in They Won't Forget (1937), she was signed by director Mervyn LeRoy, not by Warner Brothers as is often believed (although Leroy was working for Warner Brothers at the time). When Leroy moved to MGM, he took Turner with him.
Turner's father was murdered in December 1930 after participating in an all-night crap game in San Francisco, where the family had moved. The case was never solved.
Shew as not "discovered" seated on a stool in Schwab's drugstore in Hollywood, but she was seen in an ice cram parlor across the street from Hollywood High School by Billy Wilkerson, founder and publisher of industry trade paper "The Hollywood Rporter," only a block or two away.
She was born in a small mining town, where her father Virgil, an itinerant miner and one of 12 children, eloped with 15-year-old Mildred Frances Cowan. Mildred's parents objected until they learned she was pregnant with what would be her only child, Lana.
In her autobiography she wrote that she had skipped a typing class at Hollywood High School. She went to the Top Hat Cafe, on Sunset Boulevard, and was sitting at the counter sipping a Coke. According to the Sunset Boulevard website, Billy Wilkerson, who wrote for the Hollywood Reporter, noticed her and thought she was attractive enough to be in films. With her mother's approval, he introduced Turner to the agent, Zeppo Marx, who was Groucho Marx's brother. Soon she was put under contract to MGM.
February 14, 1954, CBS: This episode was an hour long tribute to help celebrate MGM's 30th anniversary. Lana Turner made a live appearance on the show and performed the "Madame Crematante" number (aka "A Great Lady Has An Interview") that Judy Garland had performed in 1946's "Ziegfeld Follies". Among the male singers/dancers featured were Steve Forrest, Edmund Purdom, and John Ericson.
Was offered the role of Mrs. Cabot on the series Hotel (1983), but made so many demands that she was dropped and replaced by Anne Baxter.
Although diagnosed with throat cancer in 1992, Turner continued to smoke until almost the very end of her life.
She was never married for more than five years. Her longest marriage was to Henry Topping (four years, seven months, 14 days). Her shortest marriage was to Stephen Crane, which was annulled at six months, 18 days (38 days later she married him again). She was married to Artie Shaw for six months and 17 days.
Sister-in-law of Daniel Topping during her marriage to his brother, Henry Topping.
"The Private Diary of My Life With Lana", a memoir, written by one of her closest friends, Eric Root, was published one year after her death. Root, a long time friend and hairdresser of Turner's, has a large collection of jewelry that belonged to Miss Turner. He still owns the beauty salon in Beverly Hills where Turner and many other iconic stars were clients.
Is one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"
She was a true American hybrid, with a mixture of Scottish, Irish, Dutch and English ancestry.
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.
In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) with Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman Turner was originally supposed to play Ivy, the tart. Bergman was supposed to play the innocent girl engaged to Tracy, but she wanted Turner's part and so the roles were switched.
She was called the Sweater Girl. Interestingly, Lana, translated into Spanish means "wool."
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.
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 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)
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.
Gave birth to her only child at age 22, a daughter Cheryl Christina Crane (aka Cheryl Crane) on July 25, 1943. Child's father is her 2nd ex-husband, Stephen Crane.
In These Glamour Girls (1939), I was billed as costar with Lew Ayres. There were so many girls in the picture that the studio had just slapped up some flats as our dressing rooms. As soon as I saw them I got Mr. Mayer on the phone. I could hear someone on the set whispering, "Uh-oh, she's going to get in trouble." But I went ahead and told him directly, "I want a dressing room of my own." And I got it.
[on Joan Crawford] One day I got a phone call from Joan Crawford. Greg [Bautzer] had taken me to several parties at her house, but I didn't know her well. Those parties were all the same. After dinner the guests would be herded into a projection room to watch movies. Joan knitted constantly. During the film, you could always hear her needles clicking away.
[on her marriage to Artie Shaw] Marriage meant permanence to me, but with Artie, I began to realize, it was no marriage. It was hell.
[on the headlines about the Stamponato case] I read everything, then reread it, attempting to analyze the whole awful happening. And after I had done that I felt totally drained. The press had done their worst, and now I knew exactly what that worst was. And I'd have to survive it.
[on relationships] Today things are very different, and I think they're healthier. People fall in love and move in together, and nobody bats an eye. They get to know each other first, to see if their romance can survive the mundane things like whether or not he picks up after himself, or she leaves hair in the sink. Or that all-important question of sharing expenses, each one pulling his or her weight. Honeymoon first, and if it lasts, then marriage. I like that.
If I'd been given a magical glimpse into my future, if I could have foreseen everything that was going to happen to me, all the headlines my life would make, all the people who would pass through my days, I wouldn't have believed a syllable of it!
I haven't had an easy life, but it sure hasn't been a dull one. And I'm pretty proud of the way this gal has held up.
If I don't laugh at least three times during the day, I've had a bad day. I've got to have a minimum of at least three good laughs. I wouldn't have survived without my sense of humor, and thank God I have always been able to laugh at myself.
I read someplace that Judy Garland, then seventeen, had had a serious crush on Artie [Shaw]. She had gone out with him days before I did and hoped he was getting serious. The morning after we eloped, she was eating breakfast in bed when she saw the headlines, and immediately burst into tears. Later that day Phil Silvers got an angry phone call from Betty Grable, who was in love with Artie and getting a divorce. "That son of a bitch," she told Phil, "who does he think he is?"
[on her marriage to Artie Shaw] After the ceremony, we went out to an all-night diner for coffee. Suddenly I realized that my mother had no idea where I was. The taxi drove us to the telegraph office, and I wrote out a message: "Got married in Las Vegas. Call you later. Love, Lana." Maybe it was subconscious, but I didn't mention who it was I'd married.
With each marriage, I thought that that would be *it*. In my wildest dreams I never, never thought that I would have seven husbands. If you can believe it, I thought at the time that each marriage would last forever. You see, with one bitterly painful exception, when I fell in love, I married.
[on her father's murder] The shock I suffered then may be a valid excuse for me now - may explain things I do not myself understand.
The truth is, sex doesn't mean that much to me now. It never did, really. It was romance I wanted, kisses and candlelight, that sort of thing. I never did dig sex very much.
The thing about happiness is that it doesn't help you to grow; only unhappiness does that. So I'm grateful that my bed of roses was made up equally of blossoms and thorns. I've had a privileged, creative, exciting life, and I think that the parts that were less joyous were preparing me, testing me, strengthening me.
I liked the boys and the boys liked me.
Trash is something you get rid of - or disease. I'm not something you get rid of.
I've always loved a challenge.
Humor has been the balm of my life, but it's been reserved for those close to me, not part of the public Lana.
I planned on having one husband and seven children, but it turned out the other way around.
[on Hollywood] It was all beauty and it was all talent, and if you had it they protected you.
I find men terribly exciting, and any girl who says she doesn't is an anemic old maid, a streetwalker, or a saint.
A successful man is one who makes more money than a wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man.