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Lana Turner stars as an ambitious model who seeks her fortune in New York City. She is befriended by over-the-hill cover-girl Ann Dvorak, whose performance carries the story until she commits suicide twenty minutes into the film. Turner promises herself that she won't end up burned out like Dvorak, but as her fame grows, she is inexorably drawn into the hectic social whirl that sealed Dvorak's doom. Enjoying the favors of wealthy Ray Milland, Turner seeks out Milland's wife (Margaret Phillips), hoping to convince the woman to give up her husband. When she meets the crippled Mrs. Milland, Turner is made painfully aware of the length and breadth of the woman's love for her husband. Turner pulls out of the relationship, and we are encouraged to believe that hers will be a much happier and more fulfilling life than that of the unfortunate Ann Dvorak (ironically, in real life Ann Dvorak's final days were relatively contented ones, while Lana Turner spent her twilight years wondering where the looks, the men and the money had gone). Though not so noted in the credits, A Life of Her Own was inspired by The Abiding Vision, a novel by Rebecca West. Bronislau Kaper's musical score was later recycled for the 1951 MGM romantic drama Bronislau Kaper. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Awarded by
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Bronislau Kaper Best Original Score 1950 Nominee


Lana Turner
as Lily Branner James
Ray Milland
as Steve Harleigh
Tom Ewell
as Tom Caraway
Louis Calhern
as Jim Leversoe
Ann Dvorak
as Mary Ashlon
Barry Sullivan
as Lee Gorrance
Margaret Phillips
as Nora Harleigh
Jean Hagen
as Maggie Collins
Phyllis Kirk
as Jerry
Sara Haden
as Smitty
Hermes Pan
as Lily's Dance Partner
Richard Anderson
as Hosiery Man
Hilda Plowright
as Desk Clerk
Walter McGrail
Dorothy Abbott
Wilson Wood
as Cab Driver
Gertrude Graner
as Woman Photographer
Kathleen Freeman
as Peg
Dorothy Tree
as Caraway's Secretary
Queenie Leonard
as Hotel Matron
Elizabeth Flournoy
as Caraway Receptionist
Geraldine Wall
as Hosiery Woman
Carol Brewster
Sarah Padden
as Overseer
Beverly Garland
as Girl at Parly
Bunny Waters
Kenne Duncan
as Man Asking Invitation
Madge Blake
Sam Harris
as Man Model
Whit Bissell
as Rental Agent
Percy Helton
as Hamburger Proprietor
Frankie Darro
as Bellboy
Harry Barris
as Piano Player
Robert Emmett Keane
Kerry O'Day
Beverly Thompson


George Cukor
Isobel Lennart
George Folsey
Bronislau Kaper
Composer (Music Score)
Johnny Green
Musical Direction/Supervision
Arthur Lonergan
Art Director
Cedric Gibbons
Art Director
Edwin B. Willis
Set Designer
Henry W. Grace
Set Designer
Helen Rose
Costume Designer
William J. Tuttle