Lana Turner

Lana Turner

Posted on January 13, 2015

Feb. 8, 1921
Born as Julia Jean Turner to John and Mildred Turner in Wallace, Idaho.

1936
Lana is discovered by William R. Wilkerson, publisher of the Hollywood Reporter, at Top Hat Café in Hollywood. She is 16 years old.

1937
Turner stars in the film, They Won’t Forget. The Hollywood Reporter writes of her performance: “Short on playing time is the role of the murdered school girl. But as played by Lana Turner it is worthy of more than passing note. This young lady has vivid beauty, personality and charm.” The movie earns her the nickname “The Sweater Girl” because of the tight blue sweater she wears in the movie.

Feb. 1940
Marries bandleader Artie Shaw.

1941
Lana leaves Shaw and discovers afterward that she is pregnant. She has an abortion.

1942
Marries Stephen Crane.

1943
Gives birth to daughter, Cheryl. Her marriage to Crane ends soon after this.

1946
Lana stars in The Postman Always Rings Twice.

1948
Marries Henry “Bob” Topping.

1952
Lana and Henry Topping divorce.

1953
Lana marries Lex Barker.

1957
Lana and Lex Barker divorce.

1958
Lana is nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Peyton Place.

1958
Her daughter Cheryl murders Lana’s boyfriend, gangster Johnny Stompanato. It is ruled a justifiable homicide.

1960
Lana marries Fred May.

1962
Lana and Fred May divorce.

lana turner1978
Lana shoots Witches’ Brew, a remake of the 1944 horror film Weird Woman.

Oct. 25, 1981
The National Film Society presents Lana with an Artistry in Cinema award.

1982
Begins appearing on the tv show, Falcon Crest.

1983
Lana publishes an autobiography, Lana: The Lady, The Legend, The Truth.

1985
The film she shot in 1978, Witches’ Brew, is released.

June 29, 1995
Turner dies of throat cancer in Los Angeles at the age of 75.

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