Pin Up Queens Part 7: Lana Turner – The "Sweater Girl"

Mildred Frances Turner in Wallace, Idaho, was born on 8 February, 1921 as Julia Jean and Lana Turner died in Los Angeles on June 29, 1995. She was a famous U.S. film actress and a saucy pin up girl of the rockin’ 50s. Today we want to imagine a closer the beautiful lady.

Pin Up Queens Part 7 Lana Turner - The "Sweater Girl"

Lana Turner Beginning Of The Career As A “Sweater Girl”

The film career of beautiful blonde started first with smaller roles for Warner Bros., after she was accidentally discovered by Director Mervyn LeRoy in the “tip top soda shop”. Was to see a murder victim in a too-tight sweater on the big cinema screens in 1937 caused Lana Turner the attention of the audience in the courtroom drama “The third degree”. You saw that after the entry into force in 1934 of the strict censorship laws of the so-called “production code” you saw an opportunity to present to the feminine charms without any nudity. So you left work sexy actresses in too tight and skimpy costumes. Her substantial bust came in this tight sweater very well to the fore, that Lana Turner as the so-called “sweater girl” became famous.

Lana Turner-Moving To MGM

When Mervyn LeRoy moved to the Film Studio MGM, Lana Turner follow him. The blonde had plenty of time to develop her acting talent and was recorded by MGM with open arms. The famous movie studio wanted to build the perky beauty as a worthy successor to Jean Harlow, who died in 1937. Lana Turner was originally Brown, by the way. The pretty lady dyed their hair in the years 1939 for the first time fantal. This hair color kept Lana Turner until the end of her big film career. After appearances in B-movie, the actress in the large-scale production for the movie “A great guy”, her first starring role at the side of Clark Gable in 1941 received productions.

During the second world war was a popular pin-up girl of the pretty blonde. Some soldiers carried their pin up photos or hung their posters in your personal locker. In 1942, the blonde next to Robert Taylor in the film “who lives dead” was to see. One of their best-known blockbuster was “In the network of the passions”, in which she portrayed a murderous woman taken in adultery the Film Noir. The film was actually based on the famous novel “when the postman always rings twice” by James M. Cain. This blunt depiction of adultery, seduction, violence and murder was revolutionary for its time and this film became a rather atypical MGM production, which became very well known. In 1957, the beautiful actress landed a role in the film “Fire under the ashes”, which was a film adaptation of the novel ‘the people of the Pleyton Palace”by the author of Grace Metalious. This novel was the book’s biggest success since “Gone with the wind” by Margaret Mitchell. For the film, Lana Turner received her only nomination for an Academy Award for best supporting actress. In this drama, she played an unwed mother, the history of which revolved around domestic violence, incest, rape, suicide and racial prejudice.

Lana Turner Daughter Cheryl Crane Murdered Her Lover

In 1958, as her underage daughter Cheryl Crane had stabbed her lover Johnny Stompanato, Lana tuner in the headlines was. This had previously threatened the two women in a dispute, to kill Cheryl and her mother Lana. In the subsequent process, they tried to determine whether Lana Turner had also a certain complicity in the Act. in 1964, used the story of Harold Robbins and only marginally used it in his famous novel “Where Love Has Gone”. Susan Hayward got the lead role in the eponymous film adaptation. In 1959, Lana Turner had her greatest success of film directed by Douglas Sirk in melodrama shortly after the process “as long as there are people”. Her last commercial success was “Madame X” from the year 1966, which she did for the Film Studio universal. Then the great acting career of the kessen blonde went to meet rapidly end. You saw them occasionally on touring theatre productions. The last big role was in the TV series “Falcon Crest” Lana Turner in the 1980s.

Lana Turner-Her Wild Life

The beautiful actress also a prominence gained her numerous Affairs and a total of eight marriages with seven men. Among other things, Lana Turner with Lex Barker was married.At the urging of Louis B. Mayen from the MGM movie studio, the blonde broke a pregnancy, because she wanted to prevent their famous image as a beautiful sex symbol.Her marriage with the deceased years 1973 Lex Barker came at the end of the 80s in the headlines, as her daughter Cheryl Crane in her biography “detour-A Hollywood story” claimed that she for years had been sexually abused by Lex Barker. This should have been the reason for the final separation of the couple. Lex Barker unspecified commented in interview to the accusations by Chery crane and said only that “a certain story” by Lana Turner’s daughter had been the reason for their divorce. Lana Turner died in Los Angeles at the age of 74 on June 29, 1995.