American actress (1920-1995)
Lana Turner birthname was Jean Mildred Frances Turner. Her tag became "The Sweater Girl". Turner was discovered at The Top Hat Cafe, across the street from Hollywood High School. Her first talent agent was Zeppo Marx of the Marx Brothers. Promoting new stars was one of the goals of Hollywood. To promote Turner, she was teamed with Rory Calhoun. Publists told Turner to only wear white in her photographs with Calhoun, which was a direct contrast to Calhoun's dark hair and crystal blue eyes. The photographs of Calhoun and Turner became an instant success, which enhanced Calhoun's career and sparked Turner's.
Turner had several husbands, including Artie Shaw (1940-1940), Josef Stephen Crane (1942-1943 and 1943-1944), and Lex Barker (1953-1957). On April 4, 1958, Turner's daughter, 14 year-old Cheryl Crane admitted to stabbing John Stompanato because he was attacking her mother.
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