Lana Jean Clarkson, born on the 5th of April 1962, was an American actress, fashion model and hostess. She is best known for her works with Roger Corman, which included the movie “Deathstalker” and the Barbarian Queen. She appears topless in the latter film. Because of this, she achieved cult status and became a fan favorite B-movie actress. She also modeled internationally and was constantly traveling. On the 3rd of February 2003 she was found dead at legendary rock producer Phil Spector’s residence.
Clarkson’s death was allegedly an “accident”. Phil Spector met Clarkson at a VIP Lounge in the House of Blues in West Hollywood where she was working as a hostess. Clarkson and Spector later took his limousine and went to the rock producer’s residence. When Spector’s driver Adriano de Souza was called to testify about Clarkson’s death, he told the jury that he had drove Spector and Clarkson home and was instructed to wait outside the mansion. An hour later, de Souza heard a gunshot coming from within the mansion and then later, saw Spector heading out the back door. He allegedly told de Souza that he might have killed somebody.
Police arrived at the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call from the neighbors. They found Clarkson’s body on a chair in the foyer. She had apparently been shot in the mouth, while the weapon was found on the floor. Police immediately apprehended Spector who struggled but was later subdued by a Taser gun. Police also found nine other firearms and blood trails leading to the foyer where Clarkson’s dead body was found.
According to the records from the murder trial, Spector had submitted contrasting statements regarding Clarkson’s death. He first told the grand jury that he had no intention of killing Clarkson and that everything was an accident. Later, he changed his statement and claimed that the actress had killed herself and that he had nothing to do with Clarkson’s death.
Phil Spector was at first freed on a bail of $1 million, but was later convicted of second degree murder for Clarkson’s death, and was sentenced to 19 years to life, of which 15 was for second degree murder, and four more years for the use of a firearm in the commission of a crime. He will be 88 years old when he finally becomes eligible for parole.
Clarkson’s death was a tragic one. She was a woman who had the determination to succeed, and is as hardworking as one can get. Before Clarkson’s death, she had developed, written, produced and directed a showcase reel she entitled Lana Unleashed which was basically her portfolio and probably a biography. She took a job in the House of Blues as a hostess in order to make ends meet. Before Clarkson’s death, she claimed that her dream was to be cast in comic role.