Sending everyone to their local malt shop in the hope of being discovered for the movies, Lana Turner (1921-1995) in the stuff that legends are made of, was plucked out of obscurity that way. From a very poor and troubled childhood, with her single mother now living in Los Angeles, Turner was discovered by a reporter after skipping school and enjoying a soda at age 16. Making an immediate impression this curvaceous teen in a sweater (she became known for a time as "the sweater girl") moved to MGM and within 3 years, passing the "Love Finds Andy Hardy" test and then being groomed as a replacement for Harlow became a major star. Best teamed with Gable she hit it big with "Ziegfeld Girl", "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", "Honky Tonk", "Johnny Eager", "Somewhere I'll Find You", "Slightly Dangerous" and "Weekend at the Waldorf" ...and then her greatest. She explained "I finally got tired of making movies where all I did was walk across the screen and look pretty. I got a big chance to do some real acting in "The Postman Always Rings Twice", and I'm not going to slip back if I can help it." A smash film noir she quickly followed it with the even bigger "Green Dolphin Street", "Homecoming", "Cass Timberlane" and "The Three Musketeers". Turner was just outside of the Top 10 box-office stars in 42,43,48. The 50's were a rocky decade for Turner now onto her fourth marriage. Her biggest hits were "The Merry Widow", the superb "The Bad and the Beautiful", "Betrayed", "The Sea Chase" and "Peyton Place" for which she received an Oscar nomination. Off screen in the middle of a "hood boyfriend is murdered by her teenage daughter" scandal, she was not only making headlines around the world, it turned her "Imitation of Life" and "Portrait in Black" into her final two major hits. She would continue to marry and divorce, appear in glossy soap operas on screen and make infrequent but successful forays on TV for another 2 decades. Always glamourous, her life seemed almost as glossy and dramatic as her films. After eight marriages she could say, "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." She never did off screen.