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Movie actor Lana Turner, 75

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Lana Turner, the glamorous blonde whose acting career was overshadowed by her numerous marriages and the killing of a gangster boyfriend by her daughter, died Thursday after years of treatment for throat cancer, Daily Variety reported. She was 75.

Turner died at her Century City home with her daughter Cheryl Crane at her side.

"She was doing fine. This was a total shock," Crane told Daily Variety, a trade newspaper. ". . . She just took a breath and she was gone."

The actor remained a star from the 1940s until the mid-1960s, winning an Academy nomination as best actress for Peyton Place in 1957 after she left her long-time studio, MGM.

Over the years, she appeared opposite the screen's top leading men in such films as Johnny Eager (Robert Taylor), Honky Tonk (Clark Gable), The Postman Always Rings Twice (John Garfield), The Bad and the Beautiful (Kirk Douglas), The Sea Chase (John Wayne) and Cass Timberlane (Spencer Tracy).

Her entrance into movies became part of Hollywood lore _ she was discovered at a soda fountain when she was a teenage schoolgirl, though not, as legend had it, at Schwab's drug store.

Her early film appearances earned her the nickname "the Sweater Girl" and a pinup place in many a soldier's locker.

Her love life made even more headlines than her acting career. Turner was married seven times and had many well-publicized romances with such figures as Howard Hughes, Tyrone Power and Fernando Lamas.

One of her love affairs ended in abuse and sensational headlines when hoodlum Johnny Stompanato was killed. He was hitting Turner in her Beverly Hills bedroom on April 5, 1958, when Crane, then 15 years old, rushed in and fatally stabbed him with a carving knife.

The killing was ruled a justifiable homicide on the grounds that the girl believed her mother was in danger.