Many a time the words film star and actress can be mistakenly joined together and unnecessarily so, however this is not the case for Lana Turner who masters both with great skill. Madame X is her tour de force and totally underrated as a film. The story is simply based on how the love of children can be given so differently by two mothers. Ones love is only based on love that is totally unconditional and unselfish, withdrawing from both her sons life and that of her husband, the only man she has or will ever love to avoid scandal. The other mothers love is only based on power and position at any cost. Lana Turners performance is brilliant going from loving bride and mother to a woman so down on her luck that when confronted with the chance that her son may discover what has become of her she resorts to murder , therefore protecting the only thing she has any love left for. The supporting cast is terrific but there is no doubt that this is Lana Turners finest hour.