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The Three... To the cry of "all for one and one for all" comes a version of the Dumas classic... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

Peyton Place... Based on Grace Metalious' best-selling novel, Peyton Place received an... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Portrait In... Portrait In BlackLana Turner and Anthony Quinn star as an adulterous couple who... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

The Prodigal... The Biblical parable of the prodigal son inspires this sprawling Bible epic,... more info $5.98was $5.98 Buy Now

Ziegfeld Girl... Nobody knew how to create a spectacular show-stopping number better than Busby... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

The Postman... John Garfield and Lana Turner give the performances of a lifetime in "The... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: June 29, 1995
Born: February 8, 1920 Cause of Death: throat cancer
Birth Place: Wallace, Idaho, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1930:
After father's murder, lived with foster parents until reunited with mother and moved to California
1936:
Reportedly "discovered" by "Hollywood Reporter" editor Billy Wilkerson in a drug store while she was playing hooky from school (January)
1937:
Film debut (in a crowd scene), "A Star is Born"
1937:
Film acting debut, "They Won't Forget"
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Packaged as "The Sweater Girl" in the late 1930s, she became a top WWII pinup
1938:
Began playing leading roles at MGM in a series of programmers
1941:
Confirmed as top star with her performance in "Ziegfeld Girl"
1941:
First film opposite Clark Gable, "Honky Tonk"
1946:
Starred in one of her most famous films, "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
1954:
Last of four films opposite Clark Gable, "Betrayed"
1956:
Left MGM after nearly twenty years; last film under contract, "Diane"
1957:
Career boosted by success of her first post-MGM film, "Peyton Place"; film also marked first in which she played the mother of a grown daughter; also marked the one time she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress
1959:
Starred in biggest box office hit of her career, "Imitation of Life"
:
Stopped regularly appearing in films after 1962; thereafter would star in a film once every several years
1970:
Starred in TV series, "The Survivors"
1971:
Made stage debut in "Forty Carats"
1976:
Last film with top billing, "Bittersweet Love"
1978:
Last film, "Witches' Brew"
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Played recurring role of Chase Gioberti's (Robert Foxworth) mother on a season of the primetime CBS soap, "Falcon Crest", in the early 1980s
1994:
Rumors that she had died circulated late in the year

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