Film star Lana Turner is shown March 17, 1947. Turner, born Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner, was discovered at age 16 while drinking a Coke at a drugstore counter. She was soon signed to a film contract by MGM.
In the 1960s, Acapulco was the place to be for the rich and famous, including film siren Lana Turner, shown here with husband, movie producer Robert O. Eaton. Turner was married eight times to seven different husbands. Eaton was husband No. 6.
Lana Turner and Johnny Stompanato, the handsome underworld figure, poses with arms around each other during their two-month vacation in Acapulco, Mexico, March 19, 1958. Stompanato worked as a collector for Los Angeles mobster Mickey Cohen.
Two weeks and two days after they returned to Hollywood from the Mexican resort, Stompanato was stabbed to death in Turner's bedroom by the actresses daughter.
The tragedy in the life of 14-year-old Cheryl Crane, daughter of screen star Lana Turner, is mirrored in her somber face. Here she leaves the Beverly Hills police station, on April 5, 1958, where she was booked on suspicion of murder. She told police the victim, her divorced mother's companion Johnny Stompanato, had threatened her mother.
Lana Turner, smoothing her hair with her hand, stares intently at a newsman as she answered a question just before the start of Coroner's Inquest, April 11, 1958, into the death of her handsome boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato.