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Lana Turner

Lana Turner
Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Personal information
Birth nameJulia Jean Turner
Birth dateFebruary 8, 1921
Place of birthWallace, Idaho, U.S.
Date of deathJune 29, 1995(age 74)
Death placeCentury City, California, U.S.
Years active1937 91
SpouseArtie Shaw (1940 40; divorced)
Joseph Stephen Crane (1942 43; annulled, 1943 44; divorced)
Henry J. Topping (1948 52; divorced)
Lex Barker (1953 57; divorced)
Fred May (1960 62; divorced)
Robert Eaton (1965 69; divorced)
Ronald Dante (1969 72; divorced)

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Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 June 29, 1995) was an American actress.

Discovered and signed to a film contract by MGM at the age of sixteen, Turner first attracted attention in They Won't Forget (1937). She played featured roles, often as the ingenue, in such films as Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). During the early 1940s she established herself as a leading actress in such films as Johnny Eager (1941), Ziegfeld Girl (1941) and Somewhere I'll Find You (1942). She is known as one of the first Hollywood scream queens thanks to her role in the 1941 horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and her reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her performance in the film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Her popularity continued through the 1950s, in such films as The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) and Peyton Place (1957), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

In 1958, her daughter, Cheryl Crane, stabbed Turner's lover Johnny Stompanato to death. A coroner's inquest brought considerable media attention to Turner and concluded that Crane had acted in self defense. Turner's next film, Imitation of Life (1959), proved to be one of the greatest successes of her career, but from the early 1960s, her roles were fewer. She gained recognition near the end of her career with a recurring guest role in the television series Falcon Crest during 1982 and 1983.

Turner made her final television appearance in 1991, and died from throat cancer in 1995.

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