Mervyn LeRoy Prayed for Lana Turner

On September 1, 1942 motion picture director Mervyn LeRoy took over Walter Winchell’s column during his absence and decided to let readers in on the skinny of discovering stars - and legends like Lana Turner. He wrote:

About the only concrete thing I can say about star discovering is that there is no rule-of-thumb standard for finding them. In other words, you don’t spot ‘em- you pray for ‘em . . .

The story of Lana Turner is a case in point.

She was too scared to look like a star or even a potential star when first I met her. I was casting for “They Won’t Forget.” I had interviewed over a hundred girls and none seemed suited for the role I had in mind. Then Solly Biano, a Warner’s talent scout, reported that a friend of ours, Billy Wilkerson, editor and publisher of the film trade paper, The Hollywood Reporter, had tipped him about a girl he had seen having a soda across the street from his publishing firm.

Solly checked back and Lana came to see me. She was as scared as a rabbit; but I knew she’d make a good actress. So I signed her to a personal contract and put her into a sweater; the former was good business, the latter was what the customers wanted to see. The rest is all history. She’s come along from obscurity to stardom on a hunch of mine- and approval by you.

Interesting tidbits there and I’m sure Solly Biana appreciated the shout out too, though years later his involvement is pretty much passed over.

Lana & The T

July 15, 1947: Lana Turner and Tyrone Power at a concert.

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Lana In Pig Tails!

How cute is Lana Turner in this early portrait:

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Leggy Lana Checks Herself Out

She’s so tiny! A very cute shot of Miss Turner and her fantabulous figure. And it can soon be yours . . . This original photograph of Lana Turner is currently up for auction on Ebay. Bidding ends March 25th. Click Here to bid now >>

Lana Turner Candids Up For Auction

The following original photographs catching Lana Turner off-guard are up for auction on Ebay until March 24, 2009. Bid if you please or just stare.

Click Here to bid on the 1st photo of Lana gossiping with Joan Fontaine.

Click Here to bid on the 2nd photo with Lana Turner and Fernando Lamas at the “American In Paris” premiere.

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Lana Turner Glamour Portrait

A young Lana Turner in a unique seasonal publicity portrait for MGM. Stunning. If you’d like to own the original it is currently up for auction until March 15th and with a starting bid of $24.99. So far there are no bids. Click Here to bid now >>

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Even if you have no sweetie to share Hallmark goodies with, remember this- LANA TURNER LOVES YOU!

That Candid Camera Keeps Catching Miss Turner

All of these original candids are up for auction until Feb 10th on Ebay:

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Lana Turner At The Movies . . .

A few movie photos of Lana Turner. . .

Lana Turner Photo of the Day

OFF GUARD… Lana Turner between scenes on the set of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s “The Three Musketeer’s,” in which she portrays the wicked Lady De Winter. Others in the cast are Grace Kelly, June Allyson, Van Heflin, Angela Lansbury, Frank Morgan, Vincent Price, Keenan Wynn, John Sutton, Gig Young and Robert Coote. George Sidney directed. Pandro S. Bergman produced.