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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 7 February 1916Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA
Date of Death 6 February 1985Pauma Valley, California, USA  (anemia)
Birth NameJoseph Steven Crane III

Mini Bio (1)

Joseph Stephenson Crane was born on February 7, 1916, in Crawfordsville, Indiana, to William E. and Katheryn Stephenson Crane. The Cranes were well known in the community due to their family cigar store, the Stephenson Crane Cigar Store, located at 107 S. Washington Street in downtown Crawfordsville. As a boy, Crane preferred to be called Joe. He attended the local Crawfordsville High School and was voted "Most Attractive" senior year. A 1937 graduate of Wabash College, a liberal arts college for men located in Crawfordsville, Crane gained a Bachelor's degree in Business before traveling to Hollywood in 1939.

Leaving an estranged wife and his family's business behind him, Stephen Crane (the name he preferred as an adult) met and married actress Lana Turner in 1942. A hasty annulment followed due to Crane's previous and still legal marriage to Carol Ann Kurtz. After Crane's divorce was finalized, Crane and Turner remarried and welcomed a child, Cheryl Christina Crane, in 1943. As Lana Turner sued for divorce a second time in 1944, Crane starred in three films, Cry of the Werewolf, The Crime Doctor's Courage, and Tonight and Every Night. Following his brief acting career, Crane entered the restaurant business by purchasing Lucy's, a popular hangout for celebrities. Moving abroad in the late 1940s, Crane married French sex symbol Martine Carol.

In 1953, Crane's marriage to Carol ended in divorce. That same year Crane catapulted himself into a restaurant legend and entrepreneur by creating The Luau, a Polynesian themed restaurant frequented by celebrities and located at 421 N. Rodeo Drive. In 1958, Crane started his chain of Kon Tiki restaurants which were located in Sheraton hotels across the United States and Canada. The late 1960s brought about other restaurant ventures, such as SCAM and Stephanino's, and restaurants owned by Stephen Crane Associates remained popular until the late 1970s.

After a successful life as a restaurateur, Stephen Crane died one day before his 69th birthday on February 6, 1985. He is buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in his hometown of Crawfordsville, Indiana.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Emily Griffin

Spouse (6)

Leslie Deeb (1969 - 1978) (divorced)
Martine Carol (1948 - 1953) (divorced)
Lana Turner (14 March 1943 - 21 August 1944) (divorced) (1 child)
Lana Turner (17 July 1942 - 4 February 1943) (annulled)
Carol Ann Kurtz (31 December 1937 - 1943) (divorced)
Helen DeMaree (? - 8 April 1962) (divorced)

Trivia (11)

Owned a restaurant in Beverly Hills.
Daughter Cheryl Crane with actress wife Lana Turner was born on 25 July 1943.
Designed restaurant pieces such as mugs, salt and pepper shakers, and sugar bowls for the Luau and Kon Tiki which are collector's items today.
Testified at 1958 murder hearing involving Cheryl Crane, his daughter with Lana Turner.
Owner and operator of restaurants including Ports O'Call, SCAM, and Stephanino's.
Owner and operator of Kon Tiki chain of restaurants located in Sheraton Hotels across the United States and Canada. There were Kon Tikis in Montreal, Portland, Chicago, Cincinatti, Boston, Honolulu, and Cleveland.
Founded Stephen Crane Associates and created the Luau, a restaurant frequented by celebrities from 1953-1978. The Luau was located at 421 N. Rodeo Drive and featured Polynesian-themed decor designed by Crane.
Married Indianapolis native, Carol Ann Kurtz, on December 31, 1937. Without finalizing his divorce, he married Lana Turner on July 17, 1942. Turner annulled the marriage, but after the Kurtz divorce became finalized, remarried him on March 14, 1943. He and Turner were divorced a year later on August 21, 1944.
Managed the Stephenson and Crane Cigar Store, a local store started by his grandfather and father, on South Washington Street in Crawfordsville, Indiana after college.
Graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1937. In college, he was a member of the Scarlet Masque (theater), Sigma Chi fraternity, Senior Council, and Caveman. Crane received a degree in business.
Graduated from Crawfordsville High School in Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1933. While in high school, he was active in theater productions and debates.

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