She was born in a family of a miner from Tennessee, who was killed when Lana was a child. She started acting in movies at the age of 16. She wore a nickname “the girl in a sweater” due to a passion to this subject of clothes that subtly emphasized her curvy shapes.
Before the beginning of filming of one of her first films she plucked her eyebrows, but they have not grown back that is why she got another nickname – “the girl with penciled eyebrows.” In 1939 she dyed all her hair blonde for one of her roles. By this, she had not only completely changed her image, but she also had received a new nickname – “The Queen of clubs.”
Competing for the title of the sexiest star inHollywoodwith Rita Hayworth and Jane Russell, Turner has starred in four films with the famous playboy Clark Gable. One of her most successful movies was an early film noir – “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946). It is believed that during the Second World War, American soldiers preferred to put her pictures and posters on the walls of the barracks. After the end of the war, she was filmed mostly in musicals.
In 1950s Turner’s career was uneven. From an artistic point of view, one of the most successful movies, was a film by Vincent Minnelli, “The Bad and the Beautiful” (1952), and she was presented to an award of Oscar for the movie “Peyton Place” (1957). The last major success was the picture of Douglas Serka “Imitation of Life” (1959), where there were present some biographical motifs, like her character, Turner brought up her daughter as a single mother.
Lana Turner was married eight times, including a famous jazzman Artie Shaw (1940), a millionaire Henry Topping (1948-52), who proposed her by dropping a diamond ring in her glass of martini, actor Lex Barker (1953-57) with which she broke up, after he began to hit on her young daughter; and a hypnotist Ronald Dante (1969-72). In April 1958 the actress was in a center of a huge scandal: during a family fight, Turner’s fourteen year old daughter had stabbed her live-in lover, a mobster Johnny Stompanato, to protect her mother.
Lana Turner had died in 1995 of cancer at her home inLos Angeles. Her contribution in cinema was marked by a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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