BORN: 2/8/1921, Wallace, ID
INDUCTED: 2012, 81-percent majority
Lana Turner's career path reads like a Hollywood script. She was rushed to movie stardom as a teenager during the late 1930s, after being "discovered" at a drug store by a publisher. Turner's good looks eventually caught the eye of millions -- including wavy hair which was sculpted and bleached into perfect blonde looks, to shine on black-and-white film.
Turner's styles varied in length during the World War II era, but practically all of them seemed to play up her natural waviness. After the war ended, a panel of hairstylists assembled by Modern Screen magazine ranked Turner in the "Top 12" for the "loveliest hair" in the world. A shorter cut by Turner still was perfect enough to be used in ads for Lustre-Creme Shampoo.
Several of Turner's glamorous movie styles remain popular for stylists to copy decades later. This cascading curled sidepart from a 1941 movie was imitated with success in the early 2000s by Christina Aguilera. It's evidence some styles truly are timeless -- and while Hollywood "hairdressers" assuredly should get some of the credit, Turner's tresses certainly made their work a pleasure.
FOR INSTRUCTIONS IN CREATING ONE OF TURNER'S STYLES: The "Steal Their Style" website
FOR A GALLERY OF PHOTOS AND STYLES: A Turner tribute site
FOR A CLIP OF TURNER IN ACTION: A scene from Johnny Eager
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