Imitation of Imitation of Life

“Oh, momma. Stop acting!” — Susie (Sandra Dee) to Lora Meredith (Lana Turner) in Imitation of Life.

Believe it or not, this amazing photograph of Lana Turner is not a still from one of her movies. It was taken during an inquest into the stabbing death of Johnny Stompanato, her mobster boyfriend – in her bedroom! By her daughter, Cheryl! Quelle scandale!  Read Anne Helen Petersen’s fascinating account of Lana Turner’s career and escandalo at The Hairpin.

Image © Bettmann/CORBIS

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