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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Lunch With Lana: 1951

Lunch With Lana: 1951

        Lana Turner as shot for Look magazine. Which was, basically, an imitation of Life.

June 1951. "Actress Lana Turner lunching poolside at the Coral Casino in Santa Barbara, Calif." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

LIfe WAS better

My parents subscribed to LOOK in the 50s and 60s. I always thought it was boring. But my best friend's family got LIFE, which I got to look at often. Even back then, I could see that LIFE's photography was much better and more compelling. No comparison!

Imitation of LIFE?!?

SO true. I felt that the first time I saw a copy of LOOK as a kid. All the photos looked staged and posed, while LIFE looked real. Both were very consistent that way.

On the other hand, this is the most LIFE-like photo I have LOOKed at... ;-)

I Just Missed Her

I had lunch at the Coral Casino this past September. There were lots of wonderful photos of celebrity patrons on the walls. I wish Lana had been there.

We ate on the patio right behind her. The place really doesn't appear to have changed that much. Except now, when we exit the little back gate from the pool area to the beach, we have a wonderful view of oil rigs, perilously close to the coast.

Santa Barbara is California's Mediterranean. Because of the curve of the coast, the sun seems to set off-kilter. But because of its angle of repose, it has a heavenly climate.

Lucky Lana

You know you're a beautiful woman when you can wear that DREADFUL "hat" and still look good (but Tom Sawyer is going to want his head gear back soon, Ms. Turner)

I hope you realize

that this caption has significantly raised the bar on all future captioning.

[ :) - Dave]

Worst. Pun. Ever.

But thanks for the reminder of that old movie!

 
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