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Lana Turner

Actress Lana Turner

Full Name: Julia Jean Turner
Profession: Actress

United States of America

Why Famous: 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).

Turner further 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).

Born: February 8, 1921
Birthplace: Wallace, Idaho, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Aquarius

Died: June 29, 1995 (aged 74)
Cause of Death: Cancer

Married Life

  • 1940-02-13 Actress Lana Turner (19) marries bandleader Artie Shaw (29)
  • 1942-07-17 Actress Lana Turner marries actor Stephen Crane (annulled)
  • 1943-03-14 Actress Lana Turner and actor Stephen Crane marry for the second time
  • 1948-04-26 Actress Lana Turner marries 3rd husband Henry J. Topping, Jr
  • 1953-09-08 Actress Lana Turner (32) weds "Tarzan of the Apes" actor Lex Barker (34)
  • 1960-11-27 Actress Lana Turner marries for the 6th time to Frederick May
  • 1965-06-22 Actress Lana Turner marries for the 7th time to Robert P. Eaton
  • 1969-05-09 Actress Lana Turner marries for the 8th time to Ronald Dante

Historical Events

  • 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 Place" 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"

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