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  • 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
  • Artie Shaw — Ex-husband
  • Stephen Crane — Ex-husband
  • Fred May — Ex-husband
  • Lex Barker — Ex-husband
  • Robert P. Eaton — Ex-husband
  • John Turner — Father
  • Cheryl Crane — Daughter
  • Mildred Turner — Mother

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  • Birth Name: Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner
  • Birth Place: Wallace, ID
  • Died: June 29, 1995
  • Profession: Actor

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