Friday Fashionistas: Lana Turner


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"A successful man is one who makes more money than a wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man." - Lana Turner

The Lady
Julia Jean Mildred Frances Turner was born in Idaho on February 8 1921. As a girl, she loved going to the theater, especially to admire the beautiful costumes of her favorite silver screen starlets. One night, her father was robbed and murdered after a night of gambling. Very poor and in bad health, her mother moved herself and her daughter to Los Angeles. At age 16, she went to The Top Hat Cafe to buy a coke and was spotted by a publisher of The Hollywood Reporter. In admiration of her beauty, he referred her to a local talent agent.

Lana in "They Won't Forget"

The Legend
“At what age does a lady become a legend? For me it was fifty-four.”- Lana Turner

Lana Turner was cast in the 1937 film "They Wont Forget" and due to her tight, alluring sweater earned the nickname "The Sweater Girl". The sweater girl look of a fitted sweater over a pointy bra was popular from her debut to the 50's.

Lana often said that if she wasn't an actress, she would have been a fashion designer. She adored fashionand at one point, owned 689 pairs of shoes.
From, "Once a fire broke out at her apartment, forcing her to evacuate. Naturally, Lana grabbed only the essentials: lipstick, eyebrow pencil, and a hairdryer."
She wore many incredible costumes throughout her acting career. Probably the most notable was her sexy all white ensemble in The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Get the Look
Lana loved that old Hollywood glamor. Luxurious, fitted sweaters, fur accessories, sparkle and white are all Lana trademarks.


  1. Gorgeous images and she was an incredible lady. What a life she led!!! xox

  2. I absolutely LOVE Lana Turner! I've just found your blog Via the Vintage Network, and I'm glad that I did! I've just followed you via Google Friend Connect.

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  3. I admit that I am not very knowledgable of old Hollywood starlets - but it was so much fun to read this and see the pictures. Makes me want to finish a 1930's sweater that I'm knitting up - in lace yarn! I want to be a sweater girl :)

  4. Hello - I've been following your blod for a bit now but this is my first time commenting - just wanted to let you know how much I've been enjoying your blog and this post!

  5. I own some jewellery from Lana's estate that was a gift from Miss Matilda, I absolutely treasure it.


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