DEAD: Lana Turner

DEAD: ON THIS DATE

Lana Turner (aged 74)
American actress

Lana Turner (born Julia Jean Turner; February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995) was an American actress who worked in film, television, theater, and radio. Over the course of her nearly 50-year career, she achieved fame as both a pin-up model and a dramatic actress as well as for her highly publicized personal life. In the mid-1940s, she was one of the highest-paid women in the United States, and one of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s (MGM) biggest stars, with her films earning the studio more than $50 million during her 18-year contract with them. She is frequently cited as a popular culture icon of Hollywood glamour.

DEATH: In September 1994, Turner made her final public appearance at the San Sebastián International Film Festival in Spain to accept a Lifetime Achievement Award, and was confined to a wheelchair for much of the event. She died nine months later at the age of 74 on June 29, 1995, of complications from the cancer at her home in Century City, Los Angeles, with her daughter Cheryl by her side.According to Cheryl, Turner’s death was a “total shock” as she had appeared to be in better health, and had recently completed seven weeks of radiation therapy. Her friend, comedian Milton Berle, made a public tribute, saying: “She was not just beautiful in form, she was beautiful in heart. I think that we lost a very valuable personality, and it’s a shame because her beauty just seeped off the screen.” Turner’s remains were cremated and scattered in Oahu, Hawaii.

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