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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 5 April 1962Long Beach, California, USA
Date of Death 3 February 2003Alhambra, California, USA  (homicide by gunshot)
Birth NameLana Jean Clarkson
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

This beautiful, long-legged blonde actress was known to be a kind, intelligent and dependable actor with a comedic talent as well. She appeared in many American TV hits of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Three's Company (1977), The Jeffersons (1975), The New Mike Hammer (1984), Riptide (1984), Knight Rider (1982), Who's the Boss? (1984), The A-Team (1983), Night Court (1984), Wings (1990) and Silk Stalkings (1991), among others. Her big-screen debut came in the 1982 Amy Heckerling film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), as the character Mrs. Vargas. This film starred Sean Penn and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Lana then landed a role in the Roger Corman fantasy epic Deathstalker (1983). This led to her being offered the title role in Corman's next film, the cult classic Barbarian Queen (1985). It was this association with the legendary Corman that really put Lana on the B-movie map. After starring in "Barbarian Queen" as the sword-wielding lead, a character Corman fondly refers to as "the original Xena," Lana then reprised the role in the sequel Barbarian Queen II: The Empress Strikes Back (1990).

Lana's larger-than-life personality and striking beauty, along with several of the movie roles she chose, inspired a cult fan following. This warm fanfare was further cemented by her work in the John Landis spoof Amazon Women on the Moon (1987). She was always a favorite at the ever-growing comic book conventions, where she happily signed autographs and was known to be friendly and accessible to all of her loyal fans, both young and old alike.

Lana also did stunt work in Retroactive (1997). Her last film was March (2001), as Dr. Ellen Taylor. Even though she did not do many movies toward the end of her life, she found success working in television commercials, for such products as Mercedes-Benz, Nike, Anheiser Busch, Playtex bras, Kmart and Mattel. She had been spending her time creating comedic characters for many of these companies. While working for the KMART Corp., Lana made personal appearances as the character she created for the Route 66 clothing campaign, Katie Earline Wilson. She was an actress who had more to offer Hollywood in the future, had her life not been cut so tragically short.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Mielito@aol.com

Trivia (11)

On February 3, 2003, she was found shot dead in record producer Phil Spector's home in Alhambra, California.
On September 27, 2004, Phil Spector was indicted for her murder. The judge allowed him to remain free on $1,000,000 bail.
A native Californian, growing up in hills of Sonoma Valley, where she enjoyed horseback riding. She loved horses and was given a roan mare named Breeze for her 10th birthday. She quickly became proficient at both English and Western riding styles.
At the age of eighteen acquired her SAG card on the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), this being her first speaking role in a feature film. Her introductory lead role was in the movie Blind Date (1984), filmed in Greece, starring Kirstie Alley. While filming Barbarian Queen (1985), in Argentina, she quickly picked up on sword fighting.
Her modeling career also took off, and she found herself working on high fashion photo shoots, traveling around the United States and Europe. Other projects found her in Japan, Italy, Switzerland, France, Argentina and Mexico. Through her travels, she learned to speak both Spanish and Italian quite well.
She volunteered weekly at the AIDS charity "Project Angel Food," which delivers food to those in LA disabled by HIV or AIDS.
Was originally cast as an extra for the high school prom sequence in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982). Character actor Vincent Schiavelli came up with the idea of his character Mr. Vargas having a beautiful blonde young wife on the spot while the sequence was being filmed. He choose Lana Clarkson from a line-up of extras to portray Mrs. Vargas.
While shooting a Playtex commercial, Lana met and befriended actor Michael Worth who would later help train Lana in martial arts for her film roles.
On Monday, April 13th, 2009, Phil Spector was convicted Monday of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Clarkson at his mansion six years ago.
On Friday, May 29, 2009, Phil Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison for the murder of Lana Clarkson.
Was in Scarface (1983), which starred Al Pacino. In 2013, Pacino would play Phil Spector, the man who killed her.

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