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Lana Turner

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The real-life embodiment of every movie star cliché, Lana Turner's youthful blonde beauty earned her a Hollywood contract in the late 1930s while she was still a teenager, and MGM quickly molded the young starlet into a glamorous, popular "sweater girl" pin-up during World War II.  Though many of her film roles amounted to little more than set decoration, and her off-screen love affairs always garnered more publicity than her performances, nevertheless Turner's acting abilities improved over the course of her four-decade career, and she made credible contributions to films ranging from wartime MGM gloss and gritty, post-war film noirs to soapy, 1950s melodramas like PEYTON PLACE (1957), for which she received her first and only Academy Award nomination.

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Music Clips:

  • Click here"Main Title" (clip) from THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) by David Raksin (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).
  • Click here"The Letdown" (clip) from THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL (1952) by David Raksin (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).
  • Click here"Peyton Place" (clip) from PEYTON PLACE (1957) by Franz Waxman (a .MP3 file).

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Further Reading:

  • The Golden Girls of MGM by Jane Ellen Wayne (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003).
  • Femme Noir: The Bad Girls of Film by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1998).
  • Glamour Girls (New York: Starlog Press, 1983).
  • The Hollywood Beauties by James Robert Parish (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1978).

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