May 9, 2013 / Vickie Lester
LANA – PERHAPS NOT THE GREATEST MAMA
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“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.
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.
Those good old days . . . .
Yes! What good old days?
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.
The Perfumed Dandy
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.
*Gulp* Joan looks like a Saint in comparison.
The Perfumed Dandy
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.
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…
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
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.
USC’s Digital Archives has some wonderful photographs of the Stompanato crime scene and of Lana at the April 11, 1958 inquest into the unfortunate incident and at the June 23, 1958 hearing about poor Cheryl. Several different groupings: just search on Lana Turner. Here’s one group of 18 photos from the April 11 inquest: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p15799coll44/id/53728/rec/143
Arne, thank you – what a great resource.
…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!
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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