“It’s said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies, because you never know when you’ll have to work with them”
Lana Turner (born Julia Jean Turner; February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an American film and television actress.
She was discovered in 1937 by William R. Wilkerson, founder of The Hollywood Reporter, as she sipped a Coke at the counter of the Top Hat Cafe, on a corner of Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.
At the age of 16 she was signed to a personal contract by Warner Bros director Mervyn LeRoy, who took her with him when he moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1938. Turner attracted attention in her first film, LeRoy’s “They Won’t Forget” (1937), and she later starred in featured roles, often as an ingenue.
In 1939, her auburn hair was bleached blonde for a film at MGM, and she remained blonde for the rest of her life, except for a few film roles.
During the early 1940s, she established herself as a leading actress in such films as “Johnny Eager” (1941), “Honky Tonk” (1941), “Ziegfeld Girl” (1941), and “Somewhere I’ll Find You” (1942). She appeared in the 1941 horror film “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”, and her reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her performance in the film noir “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946). Her popularity continued through the 1950s, in such films as “The Bad and the Beautiful” (1952) and “Peyton Place” (1957), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.