Lana Turner was the ultimate personification of the term movie star The actress and world class beauty lived the glamorous life to the hilt, and was part of one of the most notorious scandals in Hollywood history Lana s daughter, Cheryl Crane, now tells her mother s story for the first time, featuring hundreds of never before seen photos from her private family collection Lana The Memories, the Myths, the Movies will chronicle her life andyear career, starting with the Cinderella story of a girl discovered at a soda shop at age fifteen and made a star overnight From blonde bombshell to box office queen of the s, Lana led a whirlwind life marked by seven marriages and a murder trial that made her and her daughter infamousWhile Lana s private adventures inspired the press, her talent and provocative presence shone on the silver screen Her films The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Bad and the Beautiful, and Imitation of Life are extensively covered as part of a complete filmography And from chapters on her lovers to her makeup tips, Lana will show the complete spectrum of the woman, at work and at play The gorgeous photographs throughout showcase not only the stunning glamour of one of Hollywood s classic celebrities, but also reveal her other facets as a mother, a wife, an adventurer, and above all, a woman with a zest for life


10 thoughts on “Lana Turner: The Memories, the Myths, the Movies

  1. Tara Tara says:

    As far as high gloss, pictorial biographies go, this is outstanding Lana Turner was one of the most glamorous Hollywood actresses of the 40s, and despite a tempestuous love life she sustained her career through the 50s and 60s With a text by her daughter Cheryl Crane, co written by Cindy de La Hoz, this book offers a unique insight into the golden age of the studio system and the woman who survived it There are chapters on Lana s background, image, friends and lovers, and each of her movies i As far as high gloss, pictorial biographies go, this is outstanding Lana Turner was one of the most glamorous Hollywood actresses of the 40s, and despite a tempestuous love life she sustained her career through the 50s and 60s With a text by her daughter Cheryl Crane, co written by Cindy de La Hoz, this book offers a unique insight into the golden age of the studio system and the woman who survived it There are chapters on Lana s background, image, friends and lovers, and each of her movies is examined in detail It s also a sumptuously presented book, with gorgeous photos on every page the candid ones are most interesting of all, given that like other stars of her era, Lana so rarely let her mask slip publicly The tone is most definitely fan magazine, but of the highest order I have read and enjoyed both of De La Hoz s books on Marilyn Monroe, but this is De La Hoz s best work to date


  2. Karen Karen says:

    Perhaps the best of this type of book I ve ever seen this type being over sized, crammed with pictures, a little fan gushy but a terrific wallow if you re into the subject matter The photos are really amazing, both posed and candid well, as candid as a studio trained star could ever get, anyway It s co written by Lana s daughter Cheryl Crane, without an ax to grind, so there are lots of personal details and unexpected tidbits Beautifully done.


  3. Teresa Watson Teresa Watson says:

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book Cheryl Crane was very candid about her mother s life, both private and personal But what I really enjoyed where the photographs, from her personal and professional life They are all breathtakingly beautiful, and help to tellof Lana s story than the words themselves It is a great addition to anyone s collection, especially if you are a fan of old Hollywood.


  4. Bookworm Erica Bookworm Erica says:

    Very informative feel like I lived with the woman only.issue the size of the book was cumbersome hard to hold, heavy, scared if I tried to read in the tubmy fave place.I d be crushed by it


  5. Margaret Pederson Margaret Pederson says:

    I really enjoyed reading this book and looking through all the beautiful photos put together by Cheryl Crane, Lana s daughter The format was great a coffee table book with gorgeous photos but also a biography divided into various themes Told from her daughter s perspective, the book divides up Lana s life story into time with her family, as well as her childhood, her style, her films, her husbands and loves, and her time at the studio, among other things The pictures were beautiful and it w I really enjoyed reading this book and looking through all the beautiful photos put together by Cheryl Crane, Lana s daughter The format was great a coffee table book with gorgeous photos but also a biography divided into various themes Told from her daughter s perspective, the book divides up Lana s life story into time with her family, as well as her childhood, her style, her films, her husbands and loves, and her time at the studio, among other things The pictures were beautiful and it was very interesting to have Cheryl s commentary throughout the book based on her personal experiences and what her mother had told her Great insight and enjoyable reading


  6. Sarah Andreotti Sarah Andreotti says:

    What a gorgeous book of information and photos I didn t expect the book to be so big, but it was a great treat to find huge glossy photos on nearly every page Lana s daughter, Cheryl, wrote a beautiful memoir that covered everything from when Lana was born to her last days I liked reading the story of her life, then having a synopsis of every movie she made with her feelings on filming, costumes, co stars, producers and what was happening in her life at that time This was a really fun read a What a gorgeous book of information and photos I didn t expect the book to be so big, but it was a great treat to find huge glossy photos on nearly every page Lana s daughter, Cheryl, wrote a beautiful memoir that covered everything from when Lana was born to her last days I liked reading the story of her life, then having a synopsis of every movie she made with her feelings on filming, costumes, co stars, producers and what was happening in her life at that time This was a really fun read and I m glad to have it in my collection


  7. Ilena Holder Ilena Holder says:

    fantastic if you love Lana s movies.


  8. Brittaney Brittaney says:

    Really enjoyed the gorgeous pictures of Lana and the story of her life as told through her daughter s eyes.


  9. Sarah Cler Sarah Cler says:

    I m a complete classic movie nerd, so it s no surprise I loved this thing I m not even a huge Lana Turner fan, but I was pretty riveted by this impressive coffee table book Tons and tons of gorgeous candid and studio photos of Ms Turner, plus behind the scenes gossip courtesy of her daughter who Turner dated, what her homes looked like, how she dressed, what she drove It was sort of like hanging out with Lana for a few days and getting an inside look into her very dramatic personal life If I m a complete classic movie nerd, so it s no surprise I loved this thing I m not even a huge Lana Turner fan, but I was pretty riveted by this impressive coffee table book Tons and tons of gorgeous candid and studio photos of Ms Turner, plus behind the scenes gossip courtesy of her daughter who Turner dated, what her homes looked like, how she dressed, what she drove It was sort of like hanging out with Lana for a few days and getting an inside look into her very dramatic personal life If you dig old movie stars, you must read this


  10. Sallee Sallee says:

    I read this book just after finishing Detour, Cheryl Crane s autobiography The pictures are beautiful, evocating a time when Hollywood really was glamour personified The life and times of one our most popular movie stars of all time, this book gave the reader a peek into her life This was interesting and a very good read.