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I never really knew much about Lana Turner or followed her career much, but , lately I've watched a few of her old movies and I gotta say I really am impressed. It's clear why she was such a star and sex symbol. She was sizzling hot. Something else that I noticed is how YOUNG she looks. Only in her early, mid- 20's during most of the 1940's, she did have a pretty amazing success at a very early age. Now that my curiosity is piqued, I look forward to discovering more Lana.

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One of the reasons that Lana Turner looks so young is because she was so young. Only 16 years old when she did her first picture, and I don't think she was ever considered a "child" star. Only 19/20 and she's costarring as Clark Gable's leading lady. At the age of 25 she is doing her 25th film, *The Postman Always Rings Twice* playing a part that you might believe should be a woman in her thirties. You might say that Hollywood really aged her fast, usually the gals were around 20/21 before they started playing adult roles. I talk to a WW2 veteran on ocassion when I see him at a weekly flea market. He's a real old movie buff, so is his wife, they're both in their late eighties. When I asked him who I should look up on the net and print some pictures of he was quick to say, "Lana Turner". PS - the wife tells me that when she was 16 years old she delivered a package to a hotel room in New York and met Myrna Loy!

 

Edited by: mrroberts on Nov 21, 2011 2:51 PM

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As you often do, you saved me typing! Yea Lana started young and MGM pushed her quickly to stardom. I find early Lana very cute; Yes, cute is the right word. That soft voice and softer look. Of course with Postman, Lane moves way beyond cute and into the sexy, OMG, stage.

 

As I have said before I'm not a big MGM fan (I'm more of a Warner RKO type of guy), but Lana fit the MGM style very well.

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One of these days I'll learn how to post pics here. On the images page for Lana Turner on the first row she is a brunette holding an ice cream cone. That was one of several pictures I printed out for my WW2 vet friend, I must have printed about 9 or 10 photos for him.

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