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Clarkson, 40, a Los Angeles actress, born in Long Beach, California,
April 5, 1962, was found shot to death on February 3, 2003 in the
Alhambra California home of Phil Spector the 62-year-old reclusive multi-millionaire record
producer and musical pioneer.
Lana was found dead in a pool of blood from a gunshot to
the face, on the marble foyer inside Spector’s 10-bedroom "Pyrenees
Castle," frequently guarded by
vicious dogs and bodyguards.
Angeles County Sheriff's Department found a handgun on the floor
of the foyer. The police claim he cleaned the gun after the shot
was fired but they found traces of blood and gunshot residue
on his body. According
to a coroner's report the gun
was shot inside her mouth leaving residue on both hands,
indicating she may have fired the weapon.
Other weapons were also seized.
The couple met at the House
of Blues, on the Sunset
Lana worked as a hostess for less than a month. She went home
with Spector Sunday night after work. At around 5 am Monday, Spector’s
driver called law enforcement after hearing gunshots from inside the house.
A neighbor heard three or four shots.
Neighbors said Spector kept his house dark, and
did not come out of the house for long periods. He lived alone
had not been seen at home recently.
Lana who was famous for her role in the cult film classic, "Barbarian
appeared in twelve movies, including: Fast
Times at Ridgemont High (1982), Deathstalker (1984), Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II
Date (1984), Vice
Girls (1996), Amazon
Women on the Moon (1987), and The
Haunting of Morella (1990). She made guest
shots on TV series, including
Rider, and The A-Team. She formed Living
Doll Productions to get her own projects off
She regularly attended comic book and fantasy conventions.
Born in New York, Harvey Phillip Spector started out in 1958
as a songwriter, guitarist, and backup singer for a Los Angeles band Teddy
Bears. His hit “To Know Him is to Love Him,” was
inspired by the gravestone inscription of his father Benjamin,
who committed suicide in 1949.
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Phil Spector is famous for producing acts with the Beatles, Ronettes,
Turner, and the Ramones.
His "Wall of Sound" of
orchestration and multi-layered vocals made him famous. He produced
the hits, “You've
Lost That Lovin' Feelin,'” and "Unchained
Brothers; the Ronettes' “Be
My Baby,” and "To
Know Him Is to Love Him;" Ben
E. King's "Stand by
Me," "Long and Winding Road;" John
Karma", and "Imagine;" and George
Sweet Lord." He
won two Grammy awards and is in the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio.
A millionaire by the age of 21, he moved back to New York to write
songs and produce records for the Crystals and the Ronettes after
the Teddy Bears broke up. His Wall of Sound, overdubbing musical
scores, changed the way pop records were produced. His players
called “The Wrecking Crew” included guitarist Glen
Campbell, pianist Leon
Russell, drummer Hal
Blaine and the late
Spector owned a record label, Philles. His career had reached
its peak by 1966, when Ike
and Tina Turner's River
Deep, Mountain High, failed he closed down Philles Records, and became a recluse.
In 1970, he produced “Let
it Be,” a Beatles' album
Harrison's All Things Must Pass.
Spector married Veronica "Ronnie" Bennett, a member of the Ronettes, but
they divorced in 1974 after six years.
Spector's reputation was marred by allegations of domestic abuse, heavy
drinking, and bizarre behavior. He has
five children. In 1980, while working with Ramones on the “End
of the Century” album,
in a dispute he pulled a gun on the band.
Spector surrounded with bodyguards, worked with Leonard
Cohen, on his 1977 album, "Death
of a Ladies Man." He told the New
York Times that
Spector was difficult to work with, mad, and out of control.
For awhile he wore a gun on his hip and a large crucifix on
his neck. He admits that substance abuse affected his behavior.
After John Lennon's death he helped Yoko Ono produce
In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
a 1998, a judge ruled that Spector, who kept the rights
to the Ronettes recordings, should have shared royalties violating his 1963 contract with the band.
They should have received 50% of the royalties but were paid nothing,
while Spector earned millions. He sold the recordings for background
use as in movies, videocassette recordings, and advertising. The
Ronettes' biggest hit, "Be My Baby", was played during the opening
credits of the movie Dirty
Dancing. November 2001, an American
appeals court ordered Spector to pay $2.97m plus interest to the
Ronettes trio including his ex-wife, her sister Estelle Bennett, and their cousin
Nedra Talley Ross.
Recently Spector worked on his first project in 23 years with UK
band Starsailor on two songs. Spector’s friend, attorney
Marvin Mitchelson, said he was working on a film about his
life. "His mental state has been great - very rational, very
together." Mick Brown of The Telegraph said he was optimistic and eager to produce music again.
September 27, 2004, Spector, was charged with the first-degree
murder of Lana Clarkson. Prosecutors are not seeking the death
penalty. If convicted, he could receive a life sentence
with the possibility of parole. Spector has three
forensic scientists and coroners willing to testify that Lana's
death was a result of a self-inflicted shot.
Phil Spector is currently free on $1 million bail.
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