She Killed Her Mother’s Abusive Mobster Boyfriend

Lana Turner was the Hollywood glamour girl of the 1940s and ’50s. It’s Lah-nuh, not Lan-ah, she warned her fans; “Please, if you say “Lan-ah,” I shall slaughter you.”

At fifteen-years-old, Lana was discovered while playing hooky and buying a Coca-Cola at the Top Hat Malt Shop near Sunset Boulevard in 1936. It was William R. Wilkerson, the publisher of The Hollywood Reporter who approached the young girl and asked if she was interested in becoming an actress.

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