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Lana Turner

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   60% Peyton Place (1957)
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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

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RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
84% Imitation of Life
  • Lora Meredith
1959
No Score Yet Another Time Another Place
  • Sara Scott
  • Producer
1958
60% 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
71% 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
95% 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
65% 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

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