As is evident from the week’s blogs so far, we simply can’t get enough of Lana Turner.
We’ve talked about Turner on Monday and again on Tuesday. Now today. And why not? She was one of Hollywood’s brightest stars in the 1940s and 50s. Her name was synonymous with the term Movie Star.
Her story of discovery, though somewhat fictional, became synonymous with the dream of every girl who thought her destiny included movie stardom. At any moment some talent scout might see you sitting at a soda fountain.
The interweaving of her off-screen life with the stories and characters she portrayed on film is what — then, and now — makes a mere actor a STAR.
When she was a playgirl, hopping from nightclub to nightclub and bed to bed her characters in films did the same. (Johnny Eager). When as the unprepared mother of a troubled teenager she had to cope with disaster, she did so on the screen as well. (Imitation of Life).
It all just seemed to happen for her.
Although today her films are not among the classics of the period (the possible exception is The Postman Always Rings Twice with John Garfield, pictured at the top), almost all of her films were hits at the time.
She starred opposite all the leading men of the day. Her films made money, and her career endured for almost 30 years — a fantastic feat when blonde stars of the day usually burned out in the contractual 7 years imposed by the big studios.
From “sweater girl” to mature woman… she was always a star.