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Lana: The Life and Loves of Lana Turner Hardcover – February, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 198 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr; 1st edition (February 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312113560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312113568
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Has enough time passed so that an assessment of Lana Turner will not put the murder of her boyfriend by daughter Cheryl Crane on center stage? Of course not--just open to the middle, and there it is--but this is a good star bio of Turner, anyway. Wayne doesn't stint on details of the 1958 slaying of reputed mobster Johnny Stompanato but also affords quite a look at the life of one of the last studio-created American movie stars. Turner was the original "sweater girl" and, according to Hollywood legend, was discovered sipping a soda at a Sunset Boulevard cafe{‚}. From that portentous beginning, her career careened through years as a starlet and pinup girl to real acting parts to the studio bosses discovering she was the perfect leading lady for high-budget melodramas. Meanwhile, her incredibly stormy offscreen life included a marriage to the eerily tempestuous bandleader Artie Shaw. Wayne covers it all admirably, showing sympathy but avoiding whitewashing or fawning. Mike Tribby

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1999
Format: Hardcover
A definitive biography of Lana Turner has yet to be written. Wayne has read Turner's memoirs and those of her daughter Cheryl Crane and Turner's ex-secretary to produce this trifle. The book is not sourced, there is no original research, and the result is a rehash of old info. Wayne even relies on supermarket tabloids for details she includes about Turner's final illness. A few pages of grainy snapshots of Turner round out this meager effort. Save your money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Lana, the story of the ravishing blonde actress who reigned as queen of MGM studio, is another reminder that fame, fortune, and beauty can't buy happiness. In fact, sadly for La Turner, sometimes it is just the opposite.
Jane Ellen Wayne, the author of bios of other screen luminaires packs her book with data, not much of which is new but its neatly compiled in these pages.
Cosseted and marketed by Louis B. Mayer, the dictator-paterfamilias of MGM, Lana, according to this author, was ill equipped to recognize reality. Celluloid was her milieu; that was where she worked and tried to live.
The history of her screen roles is well known to fans as well as the many romances with her leading men. Her personal life took a toll: murder, seven mis-marriages and seven wrenching divorces left her with little else but her reflection on the screen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mary callan on April 23, 2013
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It is good at reporting the details of her life.
I wanted to understand the woman, I wanted
a more analytical aproach to her life and a
more detailed accoutant of the murder of her boyfriend
i read it in a day, it was okay
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