In her autobiography, she stated that her true birthdate is February 8, 1921. She stated that "I am one year younger than the records show."
Her auburn hair was bleached for Idiot's Delight (1939). She was withdrawn from the film, but the fact that she had become a blonde not only changed her screen image but gave her such an outgoing, swinging personality that Hollywood called her the Nightclub Queen.
In the movie Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) with Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman she was originally supposed to play the part of Ivy, the tart, and Bergman was supposed to play the innocent girl engaged to Tracy but Bergman wanted Turner's part and so the roles were switched.
Campaigned for Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1944 presidential election.
Once said that her turn as Cora Smith in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) was "the role I liked best".
Fainted during her 1953 wedding to Lex Barker.
February 14, 1954, CBS: This episode was an hour long tribute to help celebrate MGM's 30th anniversary. Lana Turner made a live appearance on the show and performed the "Madame Crematante" number (aka "A Great Lady Has An Interview") that Judy Garland had performed in 1946's "Ziegfeld Follies". Among the male singers/dancers featured were Steve Forrest, Edmund Purdom, and John Ericson.
According to Richard Burton's biography "And God Created Burton" Turner had an affair with the actor when they were filming The Rains of Ranchipur (1955) together.
Was considered for the role of Maggie Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), which was eventually given to Elizabeth Taylor.
She was set to appear in Anatomy of a Murder (1959) with James Stewart until she objected to the off-the-rack wardrobe that director Otto Preminger had selected for her. Lee Remick took over the role.
Was originally hired to play Caddy Compson in The Sound and the Fury (1959), but was replaced by Margaret Leighton before filming began.
Was offered the role of Mrs. Cabot on the series "Hotel" (1983), but made so many demands that she was dropped and replaced by Anne Baxter.
Her daughter, Cheryl Crane, wrote a book about her life with her mother, her mother's 7 husbands and numerous boyfriends and living in Hollywood. It was entitled "Detour: A Hollywood Story" and was published in 1988 (ISBN:o-380-70580-X)
Although diagnosed with throat cancer in 1992, Turner continued to smoke until almost the very end of her life.
Is portrayed by Brenda Bakke in L.A. Confidential (1997)