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I'm probably at the limits of my Lana knowledge as well; truth is, I don't think I've seen more than maybe six or seven of her films.
She had a surprisingly durable career; she was a leading lady as late as 1966, far out lasting her contemporaries. I said in another thread that Hedy Lamarr was more interesting off screen than on; the opposite strikes me as being the case with Lana. She's the quintessential Movie Star -- more than Liz, more than Joan -- and hits all the beats. Career ups & downs? Check. Numerous marriages? Check. Scandals? Check. Tell-all book by child? Check. Yet through it all, Lana seemed kind of ... vacuous. A glamorous, empty vessel. Maybe there was more depth to her than I give credit for, but her life and image seem uninteresting to me. Even the Stompanato killing isn't really that interesting. Minus the murder, Liz was a similar stereotypical Movie Star, but also seemed to be a genuinely interesting, warm woman.
It's interesting that you compared Turner and Taylor in such a way. They were both equally "grand" and had "big" careers and both had called MGM home for a sizable chunk of their Hollywood heyday. Lana just gets lost somewhere in the shuffle; she's beautiful, sexy, and talented (when given the right material), but she just isn't interesting. I've tried to get into the more gossipy aspects of her career, and it never goes anywhere. She just seems void of any defining factor.