Trivia

Lana TurnerLana is a mixture of Scottish, Irish, English, and Dutch decent.

Her eyebrows were shaved off for the bit part of a harem girl early in her screen career. They never grew back. She had to draw or paste them on.

Fainted during her wedding to Lex Barker in 1953.

Billy Wilkerson of The Hollywood Reporter discovered her sipping a Coke in a drugstore and was so taken by her he blurted out that standard Hollywood line, “How’d you like to be in pictures?”. Her first role, ironically had her in a tight skirt and even tighter sweater sitting at a drugstore counter.

No wonder she was called “The Sweater Girl.”

She preferred her name be pronounced “Lawn-a” instead of the version rhyming with “Anna.”

She was a life long Democrat and campaigned for Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the 1944 presidential election.

She was set to appear in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) with James Stewart until she objected to the off-the-rack wardrobe that director Otto Preminger had selected for her. Lee Remick took over the role.

Once a fire broke out at her apartment, forcing her to evacuate. Naturally, Lana grabbed only the essentials: lipstick, eyebrow pencil, and a hairdryer.

Lana said that “the role I like best” was that of Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).

Lana loved shoes. She once owned 689 pairs! She had a special room with shelves from floor to ceiling filled with shoes and would have to use a library ladder to select a pair.

If she hadn’t gone into movies she says she would have become a fashion designer.

Lana says her first adolescent crush was her homeroom teacher, Miss Petch because of the way she dressed.

She suffered with a congenital Rh blood factor.

Lana Turner’s first check was for $50. She received $50 a week for the part of Mary Clay in They Won’t Forget.

She attended Catholic school and even though she hadn’t been baptized Catholic, she attended Church on Sundays and loved the ritual so much she wanted to convert. Her mother agreed and so she did. Her father however, was furious.

Lana was a cheerleader and had played on the girls’ softball team in San Francisco.

Though she was the one who had suggested the name “Lana” to Mervyn LeRoy she didn’t know that in Spanish “Lana” means wool- the material of that famous tight sweater.

She met Virginia Grey on the set of Dramatic School and the two became lifetime friends.

She tested for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind.

For almost all of her early films, Lana Turner played with her own auburn hair and was usually described as a redhead. Her auburn hair was bleached in 1939 for Idiot’s Delight.

She had her appendix removed after an acute attack when she was 14.

One of her first cars was a brand new fire-engine-red Chrysler coupe.

She loved dancing and claimed to be good at it.

Lana lost her virginity to Greg Bautzer when she was seventeen.

While married to Artie Shaw, Lana Turner had no idea she was hid third wife until one day he let something slip about his second wife.

Lana’s mother had given her a baby grand piano as a wedding present after she married Artie Shaw. After the divorce, Artie refused to return it to her. Lana never forgave him for that.

Is one of the movie stars mentioned by Madonna’s smash hit “Vogue.”

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