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Lana Turner was a great actress

There, I've said it! I have just, finally, watched Madame X - and she is terrific in it. You too will be sobbing by the end as we are manipulated by Ross Hunter. Lana really emotes here. I remember Pauline Kael being hilariously mean about it in one of her books, referring to it as a cast of waxworks, particularly Constance Bennett as John Forsyth's mother. Connie (15 years older than Lana) had a facelift for the role and died before it was released! I also liked Lana in Rains of Ranchipur, another seen for the first time, where she is terrific as the faithless wife finding romance with Richard Burton as an Indian. Lana also romanced 2 James Bonds: young Roger Moore in Diane in 1955 - and Sean Connery in Another Time Another Place, another terrific sudser in 1957. My favourite Lana's though are Portrait in Black and the delirious Love Has Many Faces, the one with Hugh O'Brien in his speedos. Its set in Acapulco and rich Lana drinks a lot ... and of course theres Imitation of Life, after that stabbing of her lover, and Peyton Place. Any other favourite Lanas ?


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