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Tarzan at Home: 1948

Tarzan at Home: 1948

Los Angeles, 1948. "Actor Lex Barker and his family -- wife Constance Rhodes Thurlow, son Alexander Crichlow Barker III, and daughter Lynn Thurlow Barker with their dog and cat." From photos by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine assignment "Princeton-Bred Tarzan." View full size.

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This picture seems creepy to me, since I've read Cheryl Crane's description of how Barker treated her when he was married to her mother, Lana Turner. Maybe he hadn't done anything so bad up to the time this photo was taken, but considering that it was next-to-impossible for children to complain about such things at the time, you have to wonder.


With a giant dog and a scrappy cat the easy chair slip cover is a necessity, ill-fitting or not.

Alexander "Zan" Barker

        Zan Barker, born in Los Angeles, March 25, 1947, to Alexander "Lex" Barker and Constance Thurlow-Adams, passed away peacefully at his home in Marla Bay, Lake Tahoe, on October 2, 2012.
        He is survived by his brother, Christopher; his sister, Gaye; nephews Michael, Daniel and Justin; and nieces Laura and Clarissa. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Lynn.

Bad Dog!

The kitty seems to take a rather dim view of the proceedings. I have seen the look on his face before, and someone ends up yowling in pain very shortly thereafter!

Five wives, five Tarzan movies

Lex was only 29 years old in this photo, with the first of his five wives. No. 3 was Lana Turner (below) from 1953 to 1957; No. 5 had been Miss Spain in 1962. Fought in the war and was wounded in Sicily. He was the tenth actor to play Tarzan, and appeared in five Tarzan movies, from Tarzan's Magic Fountain in 1949 to Tarzan and the She-Devil in 1953. Died in 1973 of a heart attack at age 54 while walking on Lexington Avenue in New York City.

The dog

The dog looks like either a Newfoundland or a Flat Coated Retriever. Either one is a good choice, especially if there is a swimming pool in the backyard..

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