Lana Turner was one of the great bombshells and truly talented actors of the 1950s and 1960s. Considered a great beauty, Turner made her name as a pinup model and later, the star of films like Peyton Place, Imitation of Life and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
In 1957, Turner met low-level mobster Johnny Stompanato. The pair embarked on a whirlwind affair, and soon, Stompanato was deeply enmeshed in Turner's life and career. When Turner found out about Stompanato's criminal connections, she broke off the relationship, much to his chagrin. He appeared on the set of the film, Another Time, Another Place, and nearly shot Turner on set (costar Sean Connery intervened and wrestled the gun from Stompanato). When Turner returned to her home in LA, Stompanato showed up yet again. The two began arguing in Turner's bedroom, and Turner's teen daughter, Cheryl, feared for her mother's safety. Grabbing a kitchen knife, Cheryl stabbed and killed Stompanato. The murder was ruled a justifiable homicide.