Lana Turner

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Lana Turner

Born

2/8/1920, Wallace, Idaho, USA

Died

6/29/1995

Birth Name

Julia Jean Turner

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner
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Biography

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Blonde actress once nicknamed the Sweater Girl who became almost as famous for her notorious personal life as for her roles on the movie screen. She made the tabloids in the late 1950's along with her daughter Cheryl when Cheryl stabbed Lana's mobster lover, Johnny Stompanato, to death…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Lana fainted at her 1953 wedding to actor Lex Barker. The marriage went downhill from there.

    • Lana was cremated after her death and her ashes were given to her daughter Cheryl.

    • Lana's life was the subject of an episode of A&E's Biography series.

    • Linda Darnell was Lana's bridesmaid at her first wedding to second husband Stephen Crane.

    • Lana got married to first husband Artie Shaw after only one date.

    • Lana's mother was only four days short of her 17th birthday when she gave birth to her.

    • Lana's favorite leading man was Tyrone Power. She had an affair with him but he ended up dumping her.

    • Lana is slated to be portrayed by Catherine Zeta-Jones in Adrian Lyme's proposed 2007 movie Stompanato even though Zeta-Jones bears almost no resemblance whatsoever to the real Ms. Turner. Keanu Reaves is slated to portray Johnny Stompanato. God help us all if this one ever gets filmed.

    • Lana twice appeared as the Mystery Guest on episodes of What's My Line?

    • Lana reportedly contracted a venereal disease after sleeping with Howard Hughes.

    • Lana's murdered boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato, worked as a collector for Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen.

    • Lana hated her "Sweater Girl" nickname.

    • Lana's studio bio said she was a year older than she actually was.

    • As was the case with many big name stars during that time, Lana once made a guest appearance on The Love Boat.

    • Lana once appeared on The Smothers Brothers Show. Unlike the cast of Falcon Crest, they said she was a nice lady and a lot of fun.

    • Lana reportedly gave fourth husband Lex Barker 30 minutes to pack his bags and get the hell out after discovering he had been molesting her daughter Cheryl.

    • Lana's favorite role was that of Cora Smith in the steamy 1946 film The Postman Always Rings Twice.

    • Lana was portrayed by actress Brenda Bakke in the 1997 film L.A. Confidential.

    • Lana's measurements were 34C-25-34 according to Celebrity Sleuth magazine.

    • Lana's final film appearance came in the 1980 movie Witches Brew.

    • Lan was 5 feet, 3 inches tall.

    • Lana bequeathed the bulk of her estate to longtime housekeeper Carmen Cruz. Daughter Cheryl, wealthy in her own right, had earlier disclaimed any interest in her mother's estate except for some jewelry, furs, and a few personal objects.

    • Lana's final public appearance came in October of 1994 at the San Sebastian film festival where she was guest of honor.

    • Though they were only married for a little over two years, Lana remained friends with fifth husband Fred May and always spoke highly of him.

    • Lana received her only Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in 1957 for Peyton Place.

    • Lana dated Judge Lou Wapner of People's Court fame for a time when they were in high school together.

    • Lana was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea by daughter Cheryl.

    • Lana dedicated her autobiography to her mother who passed away shortly before the book was published.

    • Lana's autobiography, entitled Lana, the Lady, the Legend, the Truth, was published in 1982.

    • Lana was the subject of a poem by Frank O'Hara entitled "Lana Turner Has Collapsed."

    • Lana has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Lana left behind a sizable estate built through shrewd real estate holdings and investments.

    • Lana lived in a luxury condo in Century City, CA during the final years of her life.

    • Turner had one daughter, Cheryl Christina, with second husband Stephen Crane.

    • Heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis claimed he had an affair with Lana Turner in the 1940's but Lana never confirmed or denied this.

    • Out of all her husbands, Lana said Robert Eaton was the best lover.

    • Turner was married eight different times to seven different husbands: Artie Shaw (1940), Stephen Crane (1942-43; 1943-44), Robert Topping (1948-52), Lex Barker (1953-57), Fred May (1960-62), Robert Eaton (1965-69), and Ronald Dante (1969-72).

    • Turner reportedly had an affair with Clark Gable in the early 1940's while appearing in two films with him.

    • Lana was nicknamed the "Sweater Girl" due to a scene in her film debut, They Won't Forget, where her boobs bounced in a tight sweater.

    • Lana was originally discovered in 1935 at the age of 15 at the Top Hat Cafe in Hollywood by talent scout William Wilkerson.

    • Lana originally wanted to tell the police that it was her, not daughter Cheryl, who had stabbed Johnny Stompanato to death but was dissuaded from doing so by her attorney.

    • Lana appeared on Falcon Crest in the early 1980's where she antagonized fellow cast members with her arrogant behavior on the set.

    • Lana's father was a railroad employee and frequent gambler who was murdered after winning a bunch of money in a poker game in 1930. His murder was never solved.

  • Quotes

    • Lana: 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.

    • Lana: Humor has been the balm of my life, but it's been reserved for those close to me, not part of the public Lana.

    • Lana: I find men terribly exciting, and any girl who says she doesn't is an anemic old maid, a streetwalker, or a saint.

    • Lana: 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.

    • Lana: I planned on having one husband and seven children but it turned out the other way around.

    • Lana: I've always loved a challenge.

    • Lana: I liked the boys and the boys liked me.

    • Lana: I would rather lose a good earring than be caught without makeup.

    • Lana: In Hollywood, you should always forgive your enemies...because you'll never know when you'll have to work with them.

    • Lana: My life has been a series of emergencies.

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