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Cheryl Crane

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Years active  1992–2011
Books  Detour: A Hollywood Story
Role  Lana Turner's daughter

Name  Cheryl Crane
Partner(s)  Jocelyn "Josh" LeRoy
Uncles  Billy Crane
Cheryl Crane's gorgeous smile

Full Name  Cheryl Christina Crane
Born  July 25, 1943 (age 80) (1943-07-25) Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation  Writer, real estate broker
Parents  Joseph Stephen Crane, Lana Turner
Grandparents  Katheryn Stephenson Crane, Mildred Frances Cowan, William E. Crane, John Virgil Madison Turner
Similar People  Lana Turner, Johnny Stompanato, Joseph Stephen Crane, Lex Barker, Ronald Pellar

Cheryl Crane, daughter, Lana Turner INTERVIEW

Cheryl Christina Crane (born July 25, 1943) is the only child of actress Lana Turner, from her marriage to actor-restaurateur Stephen Crane, her second husband.


Lana Turner smiling and wearing a black dress and Cheryl Crane wearing a puff sleeve dress

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Killing of Johnny Stompanato

Cheryl Crane with curly short hair

On April 4, 1958, at age 14, Crane stabbed her mother's boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato, to death. The killing was ruled a justifiable homicide: she was deemed to have been protecting her mother. Stompanato was well-known to have been abusive, extremely jealous of Turner and had previously pointed a gun at actor Sean Connery, her co-star in Another Time, Another Place, only to have Connery "take the gun from him, beat him and force him from the movie set" and "Scotland Yard had him deported".

Lana Turner and Cheryl Crane while smiling and wearing dress

Following Stompanato's death, Crane was made a ward of the State of California and was placed in the El Retiro School for Girls in Sylmar, Los Angeles for "psychiatric therapy" in March 1960. Six weeks later she and two other girls climbed a 10-foot wall and fled. They were eventually returned to the school after she telephoned her father. Five weeks later, she again fled the campus with two other girls. They walked into Sylmar and were driven by a new acquaintance to Beverly Hills, where they were taken into custody a few hours later after being seen near her grandmother's home. She was released from the school in January 1961 to the custody of her mother and stepfather, Frederick D. May.

Lana Turner and Stephen Crane smiling while looking at Cheryl Crane

In 1969, Crane was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department when three half-grown marijuana plants were discovered in the back seat of her car.

Later life

Cheryl Crane smiling and wearing a black leather jacket and black blouse

In her autobiography, Detour: a Hollywood Tragedy – My Life With Lana Turner, My Mother (1988), Crane discussed the Stompanato killing publicly for the first time and admitted to the stabbing. She further alleged that she was subject to a series of sexual assaults at the hands of her stepfather and her mother's fourth husband, actor Lex Barker.

Cheryl Crane smiling and holding a book while wearing a checkered blazer and black inner top

Years later, Crane publicly revealed that she had told her mother she was a lesbian and that she had taken the news well. She said she regarded Crane's partner, Joyce "Josh" LeRoy, "as a second daughter".

Cheryl Crane's hand on her chin and wearing a checkered coat

Crane currently lives in the Palm Springs, California, area, retired from real estate and is married to her long time companion Joyce "Josh" LeRoy. She has written a mystery novel titled The Bad Always Die Twice, published in 2011.


  • Crane, Cheryl. The Bad Always Die Twice, Kensington Publishing Corporation (2011) ISBN 978-0758258861

  • Cheryl Crane's gorgeous smile


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