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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Homebody: 1940

Homebody: 1940

1940. "Lana Turner being served coffee on a tray in her Beverly Hills home." Is there the germ of a screenplay here? Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine article "Lana Turner and Artie Shaw at Home." View full size.

 

Blonde is not better

Lana Turner was one hot mama as a brunette. It's a shame she ever went blonde.

We all age at different rates

It's hard to believe she was only 19 years old in this picture.

Perfume or Booze

That big bottle on top of the locked cabinet, if that's Perfume it's enough to last a lifetime, if it's Booze maybe a week.

She lived another 55 years after this was taken.

A tale of two tables

Interesting contrast between the mirrored table holding the perfume display case and the coffee tray, which looks like it was made in a high school shop class.

The Beauty, The Mob and 007

In 1958 Lana's daughter, 14-year-old Cheryl Crane, stabbed Lana's lover, mobster Johnny Stompanato, to death at age 32 in Lana's bedroom. A Marine veteran of the horrific WW II Peleliu and Okinawa campaigns, Stompanato was no stranger to violence and, in fact, was a bodyguard for Mickey Cohen, a Los Angeles/Las Vegas mobster.

Stompanato (Turner knew him as "John Steele"), suspecting Lana of an affair with Sean Connery, threatened the future 007 star with a gun on a movie set in England but the star wrestled the gun away. After Stompanato's death (Cheryl Crane was acquited), Connery made himself scarce because he heard the mob blamed the killing on him. A ton of material about all of this is online.
Here's the loving couple and Cheryl.

Hey Blondie!

Lana's natural hair color was brunette but MGM turned her blonde pretty early on in her career. Very surprising to see her with dark hair in this picture.

Service

Look at the difference between the two women's shoes.

The Scent of a Woman

Cologne securely padlocked away in her own home. Wow.

Didn't Your Mother

Tell you to keep your fingers out of your mouth?

I'm surprised she didn't demand this one destroyed. Maybe she never saw it.

Keep Out

For some reason, the small padlock on the large, ornate glass cabinet full of perfume stands out to me.

Eau de Padlock

Nobody but Lana gets to unlock those perfumes. Nobody.

Hot

Keep Betty Grable, Lamour AND Nancy -- Lana makes my heart a charcoal burner.

 
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