15 Celebrities Who Became Famous Accidentally

Sometimes all it takes to be a star is to be in the right place at the right time.

Lana Turner (1950s)


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1. Lana Turner

The discovery of Lana Turner is a legendary story. When she was 16, Lana was a student at Hollywood High School. One day instead of going to her typing class, Lana went to the Top Hat Malt Shop on the corner of McCadden Place and Sunset Boulevard. She bought a Coca-cola and was noticed by The Hollywood Reporter publisher, William R. Wilkerson.  Wilkerson referred her to Zeppo Marx, the youngest Marx brother who ran a talent agency with his brother Gummo. Lana was signed with the agency immediately and introduced to Mervyn LeRoy, the director who cast Turner in “They Won’t Forget” which was released in 1937. Later that same year, Turner switched from LeRoy’s agency to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) where she was recognized by Louis B. Mayer as having sex symbol potential. A potential she fulfilled and then exceeded through critically-acclaimed performances in films like “The Postman Always Rings Twice.” 


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