We are honored to be your one-stop, 5-star source for vintage pin up, pulp magazines, original illustration art, decorative collectibles and ephemera with a wide and always changed assortment of antique and vintage items from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern eras. All items are 100% guaranteed to be original, vintage, and as described. All sell no reserve! Embellished with diamonds and skillfully lit to showcase her icy blonde locks, Miss Turner is sophisticated and stunning in this original double weight portrait for the 1956 John Wayne action The Sea Chase. An outstanding Hollywood treasure, as seen. Measures 8″ x 10″ with margins on matte, double weight paper stock. Photographer’s ink stamp on verso and an estate sticker that attributes this as a one time part of the Turner family collection. CONDITION: Very fine+ condition. One of the most glamorous superstars of Hollywood’s golden era, Lana Turner was born February 8, 1921, in Wallace, ID. At the age of 15, while cutting school, she was spotted by Hollywood Reporter staffer Billy Wilkinson in a Hollywood drugstore; enchanted by her beauty, he escorted her to the offices of the Zeppo Marx Agency, resulting in a bit part in 1937′s A Star Is Born. Rejected by RKO, Fox, and any number of other studios, Turner next briefly showed up in They Won’t Forget. Mervin LeRoy, the picture’s director, offered her a personal contract at 50 dollars a week, and she subsequently appeared fleetingly in a series of films at Warner Bros. When LeRoy moved to MGM, Turner followed, and the usual series of bit parts followed before she won her first lead role in the 1939 B-comedy These Glamour Girls. Dancing Co-Ed, a vehicle for bandleader Artie Shaw, followed that same year, and after starring in 1940′s Two Girls on Broadway, she and Shaw married. Dubbed “the Sweater Girl” by the press, Turner was touted by MGM as a successor to Jean Harlow, but audiences did not take her to heart; she did, however, become a popular pin-up, especially with American soldiers fighting overseas. In 1941 she starred opposite Clark Gable in Honky Tonk, her first major hit. They again teamed in Somewhere I’ll Find You the next year. Upon separating from Shaw, Turner married actor Stephen Crane, but when his earlier divorce was declared invalid, a media frenzy followed; MGM chief Louis B. Mayer was so incensed by the debacle that he kept the now-pregnant Turner off movie screens for a year. Upon returning in 1944′s Marriage Is a Private Affair, Turner’s stardom slowly began to grow, culminating in her most sultry and effective turn to date as a femme fatale in 1946′s The Postman Always Rings Twice. The film was a tremendous success, and it made Turner one of Hollywood’s brightest stars. Both 1947′s Green Dolphin Street and Cass Timberlane were hits, but a 1948 reunion with Gable in Homecoming failed to re-create their earlier sparks. After appearing in The Three Musketeers, she disappeared from screens for over a year, resurfacing in the George Cukor trifle A Life of Her Own. Turner’s box-office stock was plummeting, a situation which MGM attempted to remedy by casting her in musicals; while the first, 1951′s Mr. Imperium, was an unmitigated disaster, 1952′s The Merry Widow was more successful. However, a string of failures followed, and after 1955′s Diane, MGM opted not to renew her contract. When Turner’s next project, The Rains of Ranchipur, also failed to ignite audience interest, she again took a sabbatical from movie-making. Turner’s performance won an Academy Award nomination, and the following year she made international headlines when her lover, gangster Johnny Stampanato, was stabbed to death by her teenage daughter, Cheryl Crane; a high-profile court trial followed, and although Crane was eventually acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide, Turner’s reputation took a severe beating. The 1959 Douglas Sirk tearjerker Imitation of Life was Turner’s last major hit, however, and after a string of disappointments culminating in 1966′s Madame X, she did not reappear in films for three years, returning with The Big Cube. Also in 1969, she and George Hamilton co-starred in the short-lived television series The Survivors. After touring in a number of stage productions, Turner starred in the little-seen 1974 horror film Persecution, followed in 1976 by Bittersweet Love. Her final film, Witches’ Brew, a semi-comic remake of the 1944 horror classic Weird Woman, was shot in 1978 but not widely released until 1985. In 1982, she published an autobiography, Lana: The Lady, the Legend, the Truth, and also began a stint as a semi-regular on the TV soap opera Falcon Crest. After spending the majority of her final decade in retirement, Lana Turner died June 29, 1995, at the age of 74. All Movie Biography By: Jason Ankeny. The item “1955 Bert Six Vintage Hollywood Portrait Lana Turner Photograph Pin-Up Queen” is in sale since Thursday, May 05, 2016. This item is in the category “Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\1950-59\Black & White”. The seller is “grapefruitmoongallery” and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Size: 8″ x 10″
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States