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  1. George Kaplan
    May 9, 2013

    “Perhaps Not The Greatest Mama”, you can say that again, Ms L! Ouch. Definately not Mom of the Century. So hoorriible.
    Note: It’s never a good idea to get involved with guys nicknamed Johnny Stomp.

    • May 9, 2013

      Not to speak ill of the dead, but, she sure could pick ’em. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I think Sean Connery once decked the… bad man… on set in London and had him banned for annoying Miss Turner.

  2. May 9, 2013

    Those good old days . . . .

  3. May 9, 2013

    Dearest V
    The Dandy is undoubtedly missing a tick here for he knows not what of you speak.
    Some research on the morrow into the life story of Ms Turner would seem to be called for.
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

    • May 10, 2013

      Lana was living with a mobster and one night during an altercation in her bedroom he was killed with a kitchen knife. The rumor is that she let her daughter take the blame because she would be charged as a minor… Way to go, Mom.

      • May 10, 2013

        Dearest V
        *Gulp* Joan looks like a Saint in comparison.
        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  4. May 9, 2013

    I have an inkling about what you are talking about,otherwise I am with The Dandy.I too must do a bit of research.Was it something to do with a gangster or am I completely off beat.

  5. George Kaplan
    May 10, 2013

    Dandy/Edward – The story, in short, is this: Lana Turner was involved in a tempestuous relationship with one Johnny Stompanato (aka Johnny Stomp, Johnny Steele, among other aliases). Stompanato was a mobbed-up, violent thug, an enforcer and bagman for Meyer “Mickey” Cohen, who had, before Turner, been involved with other actresses (such as the young Janet Leigh). The appeal appears to have been that he was er…scum (well it’s rumoured that there was a cruder appeal but I can’t repeat that here, I will just offer the word “horse” and leave it at that…).
    Stompanato was abusive toward Lana, and Lana began to realize how damaging to her career being seen with him was (as Ms Vickie mentions above Sean Connery – not always gentle himself – knocked Stompanato sparko when he menaced Lana on-set), this did not go down well with him and he terrorized her. One night in April, they were having a violent confrontation and he was stabbed and killed. The official story was that Lana’s daughter Cheryl stabbed him accidentally because she thought he was about to hit her mother in the head with some wooden hangers. Rumour has it that Turner did the deed and let her daughter take the blame because Cheryl was a minor, and she wanted to protect her career. Sad. Good riddance to Johnny though…

    • May 11, 2014

      In her autobiography, Detour: a Hollywood Tragedy – My Life With Lana Turner, Crane admitted to the stabbing. She further alleged sexual assaults at the hands of her mother’s fourth husband, actor Lex Barker. Cheryl’s life has been up and down, but she has never reversed her position and blamed her mother for the stabbing of that vile Stompanato. Much conjecture can abound about why, but she has never retracted her guilt over the stabbing.

      MAY 11, 2014 AT 5:31 AM

  6. May 11, 2013

    By George er thats the story.Pretty brave of Connery considering the company the lovely Stompananto kept.Connery I believe had some background in boxing and at least once competed in a bodybuilding competion in the before freak steroid user days.

    • May 13, 2013

      Arne, thank you – what a great resource.

  7. May 13, 2013

    …and I thought that my mom made some poor choices and got a tad cranky! Please accept me into your following. I hardly coif to shop at the local bakery!
    Evermore thanks,

    • May 13, 2013

      Join the club, coif-wise, and I hit the local bakery at least once a week 😉 Welcome, Lynne – it’s good to have you here!

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