субота, 02. децембар 2017.

Lana Turner, sex symbol & style icon of the '60s

Lana Turner was a pin - up model who become a serious dramatic actress, named the most "glamorous woman in the history of international art" in 1951. 
She started as a lead character in "Johnny Eager", "Honky Tonk", "Somewhere I'll find You". Later on, she appeared in a horror movie from 1941 "Dr Jekyll And Mr. Hyde", besides Ingrid Bergman and Spanser Tracy.
In 1957 she did "Peyton Place" for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.




A reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enchanced by her performance in the 1946's film noir "The Postman Always Rings Twice", based on James M. Cain's debut novel of the same name. A critic of The New York Times wrote it was "the role of her career."


But Lana's reaction to her sex symbol 'nickname' was quite different. She once said:
      "All those years that my image on the screen as "sex goddess" - well makes me laugh. Sex was never important to me. I'm sorry if that disappoints you, but it's true. Romance, yes. Romance was very important. But I never liked being rushed into bed, and I never allowed it. I'd put it off as long as I could and I gave in only when I was in love, or thought I was. It was always the courtship, the cuddling, and the closeness that I cared about, never the act of sex itself - with some exceptions of course. I'm not masquerading as a prude, but I've always been portrayed as a sexy woman, and that's wrong. Sensuous, yes. When I'm involved with someone I care for deeply, I can feel sensual. But that's a private matter."

Apart from her many films, her stormy personal life (7 husbands, 8 marriages - she later on joked about how: "My goal was to have one husband and seven children, but it turned out to be the other way around"), ensured always into the public eye.
Besides that, a tragedy marked her late 1950s.
On April 4, 1958, Turner's 14 year old daughter Cheryl Crane stabbed to death a small - time gangster Johnny Stompanato, Lana's current lover, after overhearing him make threats towards her mother. The Court later on ruled it as justifiable homicide. 

This didn't ruin Turner's career; on the following year she made one of better movies, "Imitation of life", and continued working in films and television for over 20 years. 
But for now, I should let the picture speak louder than words and to see what I'm talking about, check out the images below.







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