"The Postman Always Rings Twice"(1946)...the first time round...with the beautiful Lana Turner, wearing mostly 'white' throughout the entire film....and the very great GREAT and incredibly talented and utterly handsomely sexy John Garfield.....This was a hot hot film and quite daring for it's time. These two sizzled and made you believe they could not NOT touch each other and this was before sex scenes became so very graphic in the late 60's and early 70's.....
More To Come..........
Thank you for this post. I've seen some of the fabulous movies mentioned but not all of them. I'm going to go looking for them now on Netflix.
I love biographies. I am going to order this right away!
That brought back a lot of memories - thank you Naomi. Was she really discovered in a milk-bar, or drug -store I think you call them? Like most of my age group - we were the cinema generation and Lana was one of the big stars. The two films that made the greatest impression were 'The Postman always rings twice and 'The Bad and the Beautiful.'
Such a pity that so many of the stars had awful private lives which affected their children also.
I'm glad to hear Cheryl survived and made a success of her life.
after reading all about Lana you go and mention Bernie Hamilton and the movie One Potato, Two Potato. I saw that movie when i was much younger and I have to tell you.. the movie has never left me.. it was a movie you could love and hate at the same time. Barbara Barrie was wonderful in it and the story unforgettable and had much to say about society of the time.
I always thought she was a beautiful woman....It is too bad that she had such a roller coaster of a private life. I am glad that her daughter was able to pull through all of her troubles and live a decent life. Thanks for the review, Naomi.
You always make me want to dash right out and get the movies and books you write about Naomi. Lana was gorgeous (as was Cheryl also). I love reading about Old Hollywood via you!
I can't wait to read it, Naomi. Biographies from the source, as it were, area lways the most interesting to read.
She fascinates me, actually mother and daughter alike do...
Lana Turner was such a beauty and a talent, and had such a tumultuous love life.
Hope that you have a good week.
And enjoy it, I did. Tony Martin had a great voice and Lana and Hedy were so beautiful. As a teenager, I'd have given anything to have worn some of those costumes (while I had the figure for it!!).
RIP Bernie - he was a wonderful actor - such a commanding aura
I adore Lana! This book sounds fantastic
I loved her performance in Madame X
I loved this post, I love old Hollywood and you have such insight. I grew up on all these movies as mom was a HUGE lover of the old classics. If she was here she I am sure would love reading this book!
I have to ask you .. have you ever been to the Rainbow room with all your NY travels? Passed it last week and I thought of YOU!!!
LOVE the post!
another LI girl!
On your recommendation, I just ordered myself a copy. Of course, it didn't take much convincing. I LOVE Lana Turner, and have read other stories on her life. In fact, I'm such a fan that I tried desperately to talk my husband into naming our daughter Lana. I should have insisted because I still love the name.
Wow. I didn't know til know what a colorful life Lana Turner led. I knew that she was an actress but that was it.
It just seems as if men from that era were more handsome and women were more beautiful. Maybe they just took better care of themselves. :)
What a wonderful review you gave the book. RIP in Bernie.
Naomi- I have always been a fan of Lana Turner. I had the opportunity to meet her while she was touring for Murder Among Friends, in fact she autographed her book for me. He daughter Cheryl lives here in Palm Springs, and I see her out and about on the town quite regularly. Great post!
Amazing post!! I only knew her name because of my father, a big fan of all the big movie stars of the 50's.
She was indeed a lovely lady. Too bad her private life couldn't have been as lovely. This sounds like a great book! I did enjoy the review very much Naomi! You have made me want to read this book!!
What a fantastic post! I am a fan of the beautiful Lana Turner thanks to my Mum (Lana Turner and Katherine Hepburn were her favourite actresses growing up). So I got to see many of Lana's movies from a young age - still remember how magnificent Ziegfeld Girl was - Hollywood glamour at it's very best imho. I am very curious now to see the pics of Lana and Tyrone Power - ah, what a couple they must have made!!! I swoon just looking at pics of Tyrone Power lol!! Thanks Naomi, I am keen to find this book now. Hope you had a great Xmas and all the best for a fab '09! :)
i didnt know about much about lana turner until your post thanks so much now i know i will buy the book i love old actress from back in them times they were so fabulous like joan i love her "no more wire hangers" and lana daughter is gay also how cool!
Out of all the books you reviewed, this one was your best, in my opinion. You brought Lana Turner to life in this post and you've piqued my interest to learn more about this remarkable woman/mother/star. I love her quote about the two husbands...about charming the birds off trees...and the comment about the snake. lol
What a glamorous woman. I'd love to see the photos that go along with her story.
Thanks for sharing, Naomi. I hope to suggest this book at the next book club meeting. :)
That was a lovely stroll down memory lane. Thank you, Naomi for sharing.
You always pull me right into a world which seems so far away from where i sit, but makes me feel like i'm right there.
Your sister processed the intake? Amazing to be right there in the middle of that historical drama as it unfolded.
And you worked with Bernie Hamilton? How cool is that?
Great post, Naomi. Loved reading about Ms. Turner's life and your tribute to Mr. Hamilton.
What a dramatic and turbulent off screen life Lana led! I always love the fact that you can give a very personal review of these books including what you saw or expereinced from being in showbiz at the time. You really do provide a unbique perspective!
BTW - I turned the TV on the other day and ended up watching most of 'Jolson Sings Again' which of course starred your old friend Larry Parks. His performance was wonderful and even when he wasn't speaking you could see him acting with such expression. there is a bit when he returns to an old house and the look of wonder on his face as he sits down in a chair, mixed with uncertainty (due to what was happening in Jolsons career) is palpable. And then again the joy at the end of the film when he is performing to a packed audience of excited young women. Great voice too!
Thanks for your well wishes and prayers Naomi, I truly appreciate it and I think you above all others appreciate how I am feeling about having to stay in hospital. Thanks again for your support. I will be in touch once I am back online :)
I always learn so much when I visit. My parents were movie buffs so I remember many of the stories here. Was that Eve Arden at the end who asked for the bracelet?
Lana's life story always fascinated me. And she always seemed so elegant!
Thanks for another interesting and enlightening post, Naomi.
I somehow missed knowing much about Lana Turner until now. I'm surprised there hasn't been a movie on her life.
My good friend Alwyn's mother was a Ziegfeld Folly girl.
Forgot to mention, I watched Imitation of Life this weekend and thought of you!
That was fabulous. I love Lana Turener. I think she is just perfection where outward beauty is concerned. I think beautiful women have a hard time finding love. Men often want you as a possession, a trophy and it doesn't go well. They never "hear" the real you or your real needs. I am thankful I was in a time in my twenties and early thirties that I didn't have to marry every man who came along. I'd have plenty of divorces for sure! True love has to take the looks but mainly the person inside.
I didn't know all that drama in Lana Turner's life.
Her life would make a great mini series!
Her daughter is very pretty too.
What a nice tribute to her and also your end notes about Bernie.
That book does sound like a very reasonable price for such a lot of photos and for the large size of the book.
Lana's life was more like a movie than real life! I recently watched "Imitation of Life" and loved it.
This is my first stop here ... and I must say I am truly impressed.
Reading this post, and viewing the photos is quite a travel back in time.
Lana Turner, gosh what a beautiful woman she was.
Oh, Wow! Did I ever enjoy this post! And yes, I'll have to get the book and also the autobiographies, if I can find them.
I loved, loved Lana Turner! So stunningly beautiful. She had that sultry look about her and such a great actress. I vividly remember the Stampanato incident. I was 11 yr. old at the time it happened and of course, Cheryl was 14. But even at 11, I LOVED Lana Turner and all those 40's movies. So I remember my mom and I followed that case closely and were relieved when Cheryl was released.
I bet I've seen Imitation of Life 15 times....one of my all time favorites. She played SUCH a great part and GOD, did I sob at the end. Every time I've watched it.
Thank you so much this post, Naomi.
Sorry....but I just do NOT think they make stars like this anymore. Certainly not of that caliber....I just don't see that kind of beauty today or the talent, to be honest. Give me an old movie any day! My favorites, even at 11 and 12 yr. old, were Susan Hayward,(I swear that's WHY I named my daughter, Susan!) Lana Turner, Lauren Bacall and Ida Lupino, besides so many others.
If you ever happen to run into Cheryl again,while you are in Palm Springs,California,tell her that people with short left index fingers date women,and people with short right index fingers date men.
I went on tour with Lana in the 80's with "Murder Among Friends" and my favorite quote from her was "I always thought I would have seven kids and one husband, but Becky, I had seven husbands and one child. Not how I expected it to turn out!"
So he was stabbed, right? Where is all of the blood? Why are his pockets inside out? Look at other photos. I saw a pic of this in Hollywood Babylon and noticed...no blood on his shirt, on the carpet...hmmmm
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