In 1984, Tina Turner was in the midst of one of the greatest second acts in pop-music history. A decade earlier, her recording career seemed over — another tragic consequence in her infamous relationship with then-husband Ike. But a monster hit album, Private Dancer, put the 45-year-young artist back in the public eye — and, for a few weeks, in the Australian desert, where she filmed the third Mad Max movie. Perhaps in Aunty Entity, the wondrously long-legged ruler of Bartertown, Turner saw a survivor’s backstory she could relate to — telling Max about her origins, she reveals, “Do you know who I was? Nobody. Except on the day after, I was still alive. This nobody had a chance to be somebody.”
OTHER NOTEWORTHY PERFORMANCE(S): Turner was absolutely mesmerizing in her brief turn as the Acid Queen in 1975’s big-screen adaptation of Tommy.