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Lana Clarkson (April 5, 1962 – February 3, 2003)

Lana Jean Clarkson was born in Long Beach, California. She pursued a career in modeling and during the 1980s appeared in several sword-and-sorcery films. Her work in the B film industry made her a favorite at comic book conventions. By her 30s, her work in front of the camera was dwindling. She took to selling her autographed movies over the internet.

In the early hours of February 3, 2003, she met record producer Phil Spector at the House of Blues (where Clarkson was working) in Los Angeles. Very shortly after meeting, she went back to Spector’s mansion. Shortly after that, she was shot and killed. Spector went on trial for her murder in 2007. In September 2007 a mistrial was declared due to a hung jury. He was tried again for second degree murder in October 2008. In April 2009, he was found guilty of murder. In May 2009 Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life. Clarkson was 40 years old at the time of her death.

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