Lana Turner

Lana Turner

  • Born on
    • February 8th, 1921
  • Died on
    • June 29th, 1995
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 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.


Acting (43 Credits)

2002Reflections of Evil as Tracy Carlyle Hastings (archive footage)
1994That's Entertainment! III as (archive footage)
1993La Classe américaine as Isabelle (archive footage)
1988The Making of a Legend: Gone with the Wind as (archive footage)
1982Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid as (in "Johnny Eager" / "The Postman Always Rings Twice") (archive footage)
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1969The Big Cube as Adriana Roman
1966Madame X as Holly Parker
1965The Love Goddesses as (archive footage)
1961By Love Possessed as Marjorie Penrose
1961Bachelor in Paradise as Rosemary Howard
1960Portrait in Black as Sheila Cabot
1959Imitation of Life as Lora Meredith
1958Another Time, Another Place as Sara Scott
1957Peyton Place as Constance MacKenzie
1955The Rains of Ranchipur as Lady Edwina Esketh
1955The Prodigal as Samarra
1955The Sea Chase as Elsa Keller
1954Betrayed as Carla Van Oven
1952The Bad and the Beautiful as Georgia Lorrison
1952The Merry Widow as Crystal Radek
1952Singin' in the Rain as Actress in 'The Royal Rascal' (uncredited)
1950A Life of Her Own as Lily Brannel James
1948The Three Musketeers as Lady De Winter
1948Homecoming as Lt. Jane 'Snapshot' McCall
1947Green Dolphin Street as Marianne Patourel
1947Cass Timberlane as Virginia 'Jinny' Marshland
1946The Postman Always Rings Twice as Cora Smith
1945Keep Your Powder Dry as Valerie Parks
1945Week-End at the Waldorf as Bunny Smith
1943Slightly Dangerous as Peggy Evans aka Carol Burden
1943Du Barry Was a Lady as Lana Turner (uncredited)
1942Somewhere I'll Find You as Paula Lane
1941Johnny Eager as Lisbeth 'Liz' Bard
1941Honky Tonk as Elizabeth Cotton
1941Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Beatrix 'Bea' Emery
1941Ziegfeld Girl as Sheila Regan
1938Love Finds Andy Hardy as Cynthia Potter
1938The Adventures of Marco Polo as Maid
1938Four's a Crowd as Passerby (uncredited)
1937Topper as Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
1937They Won't Forget as Mary Clay
1937The Great Garrick as Mlle. Auber


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