A star whose name alone conjures the glamorous allure of dream-factory fantasy, Lana Turner was born one hundred years ago this February—but her legend began fifteen years later, when she was famously discovered at a Hollywood soda fountain, a fabled bit of Tinseltown lore that fueled the hopes of a thousand wannabe starlets. Though she began her career as a teenage ingenue, Turner blossomed into a vivid dramatic presence in classics like the sultry noir THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE and Vincente Minnelli’s twisted Hollywood self-portrait THE BAD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. That her on-screen image was often in sensational dialogue with her much-publicized, scandal-ridden personal life has only fueled the enduring fascination with Turner’s myth.
Directed by George Cukor • 1950 • United States
Starring Lana Turner, Ray Milland, Tom Ewell
Lana Turner gives one of her finest performances in this look at the special curse of glamor set amidst a rarefied world of beauty, celebrity, and cocktail parties. She stars as Lily James, an ambitious ...