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Lana Turner

Over the course of her nearly fifty-year career, she would achieve fame as both a pin-up model and a serious dramatic actress, as well as for her highly publicized personal life.

Lana Turner

Filmography

1937      

They Won’t Forget

Topper

The Great Garrick

 

1938      

The Adventures of Marco Polo

Love Finds Andy Hardy

The Chaser

Four’s a Crowd

Rich Man, Poor Girl

Dramatic School

 

1939      

Calling Dr. Kildare

These Glamour Girls

Dancing Co-Ed

 

1940      

Two Girls on Broadway

We Who Are Young

 

1941      

Ziegfeld Girl

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Honky Tonk

 

1942      

Johnny Eager

Somewhere I’ll Find You

 

1943      

The Youngest Profession

Slightly Dangerous

Du Barry Was a Lady

 

1944      

Marriage Is a Private Affair

 

1945      

Keep Your Powder Dry

Week-End at the Waldorf

 

1946      

The Postman Always Rings Twice

 

1947      

Green Dolphin Street

Cass Timberlane

 

1948      

Homecoming

The Three Musketeers

 

1950      

A Life of Her Own

 

1951      

Mr. Imperium

 

1952      

The Merry Widow

The Bad and the Beautiful

 

1953      

Latin Lovers

 

1954      

Flame and the Flesh

Betrayed

 

1955      

The Prodigal

The Sea Chase

The Rains of Ranchipur

 

1956      

Diane

 

1957      

Peyton Place

 

1958      

The Lady Takes a Flyer

Another Time, Another Place

 

1959      

Imitation of Life

 

1960      

Portrait in Black

 

1961      

By Love Possessed

Bachelor in Paradise

 

1962      

Who’s Got the Action?

 

1965      

Love Has Many Faces

 

1966      

Madame X

 

1969      

The Big Cube

 

1974      

Persecution

 

1976      

Bittersweet Love

 

1980      

Witches’ Brew

Awards

I planned on having one husband and seven children, but it turned out the other way around. ~ Lana Turner

I planned on having one husband and seven children, but it turned out the other way around. ~ Lana Turner

Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Turner on February 8, 1921 in the small mining town of Wallace, Idaho. She was the only child of John Virgil Turner, a miner from Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee (September 11, 1894 – December 14, 1930), who was 26 years old when Turner was born, and Mildred Frances Cowan from Lamar, Arkansas (February 12, 1904 – February 22, 1982), who was 16 years old when Turner was born.

As a child, Julia Turner was known to family and friends as “Judy”. Turner expressed interest in performance at a young age, performing short routines at her father’s Elks chapter in Wallace.

Hard times forced the family to relocate to San Francisco, California when Turner was six years old, and her parents soon separated. On December 14, 1930, her father won some money at a traveling craps game, stuffed his winnings in his left sock, and headed for home. He was later found murdered on the edge of San Francisco’s Potrero Hill and the Dogpatch District with his left shoe and sock missing. The robbery and homicide were never solved.

Turner was raised Roman Catholic and attended church in Stockton, California, taking the saints’ names “Mildred Frances” as her confirmation name, after her mother. She would later attend the Convent of the Immaculate Conception in San Francisco, hoping to become a nun in her adulthood. In the mid-1930s, Turner’s mother developed respiratory problems and was advised by her doctor to move to a drier climate, upon which the two moved to Los Angeles in 1936. Turner and her mother lived in poverty, and she was sometimes separated from her mother, living with friends or acquaintances so the family could save money. Her mother reportedly worked eighty hours a week as a beautician to support herself and her daughter. After Turner was discovered, her mother became the over