Originally Posted by Ivan Kipling
Tomasso, the Johnny Stompanato murder, remains one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries. I've watched Cheryl Crane, recount the events as she remembers them. The woman appears to be genuine, but who knows? Lana was truly a survivor. The picture she made following the Stompanato stabbing, called IMITATION OF LIFE, was a huge hit, and secured Ms. Turner's financial future for life.
Lana, during one of her MANY coutroom scenes . . . both on and off, screen.
Cheryl Crane and I were frequent dancing partners at the Bel-Air Town & Country School a few years before she supposedly offed Stompanato. Like most white guys, I am a lousy dancer. I sometimes wonder if my tramping on the poor girl's toes didn't do more to drive her to take the Lesbian route than anything else!