Lana Turner

Lana Turner

Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Lowest Rated: 65% Peyton Place (1957)

Birthday: Feb 8, 1921

Birthplace: Wallace, Idaho, USA

One of the most glamorous superstars of Hollywood's golden era, Lana Turner was born February 8, 1921, in Wallace, ID. At the age of 15, while cutting school, she was spotted by Hollywood Reporter staffer Billy Wilkinson in a Hollywood drugstore; enchanted by her beauty, he escorted her to the offices of the Zeppo Marx Agency, resulting in a bit part in 1937's A Star Is Born. Rejected by RKO, Fox, and any number of other studios, Turner next briefly showed up in They Won't Forget. Mervin LeRoy, the picture's director, offered her a personal contract at 50 dollars a week, and she subsequently appeared fleetingly in a series of films at Warner Bros. When LeRoy moved to MGM, Turner followed, and the usual series of bit parts followed before she won her first lead role in the 1939 B-comedy These Glamour Girls. Dancing Co-Ed, a vehicle for bandleader Artie Shaw, followed that same year, and after starring in 1940's Two Girls on Broadway, she and Shaw married. Dubbed "the Sweater Girl" by the press, Turner was touted by MGM as a successor to Jean Harlow, but audiences did not take her to heart; she did, however, become a popular pin-up, especially with American soldiers fighting overseas. In 1941 she starred opposite Clark Gable in Honky Tonk, her first major hit. They again teamed in Somewhere I'll Find You the next year. Upon separating from Shaw, Turner married actor Stephen Crane, but when his earlier divorce was declared invalid, a media frenzy followed; MGM chief Louis B. Mayer was so incensed by the debacle that he kept the now-pregnant Turner off movie screens for a year. Upon returning in 1944's Marriage Is a Private Affair, Turner's stardom slowly began to grow, culminating in her most sultry and effective turn to date as a femme fatale in 1946's The Postman Always Rings Twice. The film was a tremendous success, and it made Turner one of Hollywood's brightest stars. Both 1947's Green Dolphin Street and Cass Timberlane were hits, but a 1948 reunion with Gable in Homecoming failed to re-create their earlier sparks. After appearing in The Three Musketeers, she disappeared from screens for over a year, resurfacing in the George Cukor trifle A Life of Her Own. Turner's box-office stock was plummeting, a situation which MGM attempted to remedy by casting her in musicals; while the first, 1951's Mr. Imperium, was an unmitigated disaster, 1952's The Merry Widow was more successful. However, a string of failures followed, and after 1955's Diane, MGM opted not to renew her contract.When Turner's next project, The Rains of Ranchipur, also failed to ignite audience interest, she again took a sabbatical from movie-making. She returned in 1957 with Peyton Place, director Mark Robson's hugely successful adaptation of Grace Metalious' infamous best-seller about the steamy passions simmering beneath the surface of small-town life. Turner's performance won an Academy Award nomination, and the following year she made international headlines when her lover, gangster Johnny Stampanato, was stabbed to death by her teenage daughter, Cheryl Crane; a high-profile court trial followed, and although Crane was eventually acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide, Turner's reputation took a severe beating. The 1959 Douglas Sirk tearjerker Imitation of Life was Turner's last major hit, however, and after a string of disappointments culminating in 1966's Madame X, she did not reappear in films for three years, returning with The Big Cube. Also in 1969, she and George Hamilton co-starred in the short-lived television series The Survivors. After touring in a number of stage productions, Turner starred in the little-seen 1974 horror film Persecution, followed in 1976 by Bittersweet Love. Her final film, Witches' Brew, a semi-comic remake of the 1944 horror classic Weird Woman, was shot in 1978 but not widely released until 1985. In 1982, she published an autobiography, Lana: The Lady, the Legend, the Truth, and also began a stint as a semi-regular o


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Best of Film Noir Actor 2000
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Bittersweet Love Claire 1977
No Score Yet Persecution Carrie Masters 1974
No Score Yet The Big Cube Adriana 1969
No Score Yet Madame X Holly Parker 1966
No Score Yet Love Has Many Faces Kit Jordan 1965
No Score Yet Who's Got the Action? Melanie Flood 1963
No Score Yet Bachelor in Paradise Rosemary Howard 1961
No Score Yet By Love Possessed Marjorie Penrose 1961
No Score Yet Portrait in Black Sheila Cabot 1960
81% Imitation of Life Lora Meredith 1959
No Score Yet Another Time Another Place Sara Scott Producer 1958
65% Peyton Place Constance MacKenzie 1957
No Score Yet The Rains of Ranchipur Lady Edwina Esketh 1955
No Score Yet The Prodigal Samarra 1955
No Score Yet The Sea Chase Elsa Keller 1955
No Score Yet Diane Diane 1955
No Score Yet Betrayed Carla Van Oven 1954
No Score Yet Latin Lovers Nora Taylor 1953
96% The Bad and the Beautiful Georgia Lorrison 1953
No Score Yet The Merry Widow Crystal Radek 1952
No Score Yet Mr. Imperium Fredda Barlo 1951
No Score Yet A Life of Her Own Lily Brannel James 1950
78% The Three Musketeers Lady de Winter 1948
No Score Yet Homecoming Lt. Jane `Snapshot' McCall 1948
No Score Yet Green Dolphin Street Marianne Patourel 1947
No Score Yet Cass Timberlane Virginia "Jinny" Marshland 1947
88% The Postman Always Rings Twice Cora Smith 1946
No Score Yet Weekend at the Waldorf Bunny Smith 1945
No Score Yet Keep Your Powder Dry Valerie Parks 1945
No Score Yet Marriage Is a Private Affair Theo Scofield West 1944
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Guest Star 1943
No Score Yet Slightly Dangerous Peggy Evans, Carol Burden 1943
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Lisbeth 'Liz' Bard 1942
No Score Yet Somewhere I'll Find You Paula Lane 1942
67% Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Beatrix Emery 1941
No Score Yet Ziegfeld Girl Sheila Regan 1941
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Elizabeth Cotton 1941
No Score Yet Two Girls on Broadway Patricia 'Pat' Mahoney 1940
No Score Yet Dancing Co-ed Patty Marlow 1939
No Score Yet Calling Dr. Kildare Rosalie Lewett 1939
No Score Yet These Glamour Girls Jane Thomas 1939
No Score Yet Four's a Crowd Bit Part 1938
No Score Yet Love Finds Andy Hardy Cynthia Potter 1938
No Score Yet The Adventures of Marco Polo Maid 1938
No Score Yet The Great Garrick Auber 1937
No Score Yet They Won't Forget Mary Clay 1937
100% A Star Is Born Marion (Santa Anita bar) 1937


Lora Meredith says: I'm going up and up and up. And no one's going to pull me down. (ambitious actress telling husband she's no housewife)

Lora Meredith says: I'm going up and up and up. And no one's going to pull me down. [ambitious actress telling husband she's no housewife]