- Her father, a miner and gambler, was murdered in 1930.
- In 1937, she was discovered by the publisher of Hollywood Reporter, William Wilkerson, who introduced her to a talent agency.
- Director Mervyn LeRoy helped create her stage name, changing it from Judy Turner to the more glamorous Lana Turner.
- Breakthrough film role was in 1937's They Won't Forget, in which she appeared wearing a tight, eye-catching wool sweater, sealing her fame as the Sweater Girl.
- After shaving her eyebrows for the 1938 film The Adventures of Marco Polo, they never grew back and she resorted to using false eyebrows for the rest of her life.
- Her acclaimed performance as an ill-fated showgirl in Ziegfeld Girl (1941) led to her being chosen as Clark Gable's leading lady in 1941's Honky Tonk and again in 1942's Somewhere I'll Find You.
- Was a popular pinup for soldiers during World War II.
- In 1958, her paramour, underworld figure Johnny Stompanato, was stabbed to death by her teen daughter during a domestic dispute. A jury exonerated her daughter, citing justifiable homicide.
- Died of throat cancer in 1995.
- 1957, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
- Bob Topping — Ex-husband
- Ronald Pellar — Ex-husband
- Lex Barker — Ex-husband
- Robert P. Eaton — Ex-husband
- Mildred Turner — Mother
- John Turner — Father
- Cheryl Crane — Daughter
- Artie Shaw — Ex-husband
- Stephen Crane — Ex-husband
- Fred May — Ex-husband
- Birth Name: Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner
- Birth Place: Wallace, ID
- Died: June 29, 1995
- Profession: Actor
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