Why Famous: Established herself as a leading actress in such films as "Johnny Eager" (1941), "Honky Tonk" (1941), "Ziegfeld Girl" (1941) and "Somewhere I'll Find You" (1942). 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).
- 1953-09-08 Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)
- 1946-05-02 "The Postman Always Rings Twice" film based on the novel by James M. Cain, directed by Tay Garnett and starring Lana Turner and John Garfield is released
- 1957-12-13 "Peyton Palace" film based on the novel by Grace Metalious, directed by Mark Robson and starring Lana Turner and Hope Lange is released
- 1958-04-04 Cheryl Crane aged 14, daughter of actress Lana Turner, stabs to death organized crime figure Johnny Stompanato, her mother's boyfriend, in self-defence. The crime was later ruled a "justifiable homicide"