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Lana Turner : Hearts & Diamonds Take All

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After Betty Grable, but before there was Marilyn, America s penchant for popcorn blondes focused on LANA, the "ultimate movie star." She had it all: Looks to die for, money to burn, the romantic adulation of the world, and lovers who included the world s most desirable men. In her 1937 film, They Won t Forget, a 16-year-old Lana, without wearing a brassiere, walked down the street with her boobs bouncing. Censors protested, but when it was shown, America cheered and nicknamed her The Sweater Girl. From there, Lana competed with Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth as the pre-eminent pinup girl ( so many men, so little time ) of World War II. Horny GIs referred to her as the Girl We d Like to Find in Every Port.

From the start, her private life was marked with scandal: She was amoral, said MGMs CEO, Louis B. Mayer. Robert Taylor commented: She was the type of woman a guy would risk five years in jail for rape. Gloria Swanson sniffed: she wasn t even an actress only a trollop. And Ronald Reagan--a man who later became U.S. president--asked, In what cathouse did she learn those tricks? And then there was that embarrassing murder: Did Lana fatally stab her gangster lover, Johnny Stompanato, known for his links to the Mob? Or was the heinous act committed by her daughter, a traumatized teenager who, after time in reform school, officially outed herself as a lesbian? How did these whirlwinds of scandal affect the gal who had it all?

Never before has there been a definitive, uncensored, and comprehensive biography of "the Ultimate Movie Star," LANA TURNER. Until now.

Authors: Darwin Porter, Danforth Prince

Paperback, 624 Pages, Published 2017

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