6:31 AM PST 2/29/2012 by Philiana Ng, Chris Godley
The 73-year-old media mogul-turned-philanthropist has been through ups and downs in both his personal life and career, from Turner's wedding to actress Jane Fonda in 1991 to the AOL-Time Warner merger in the early 2000s. THR takes a look at some of Turner's most pivotal moments.
Turner, seen here after the 1995 Atlanta Braves won the National League Championship Series against the Cincinatti Reds, owned the Braves from 1976 until it was taken over by Time Warner in 1996. In 1995, the Braves would go on to win the World Series against the Cleveland Indians.
Turner Marries Fonda (1991)
Turner married his third wife, actress Jane Fonda, in 1991. The celebrity couple would remain together for a decade until they divorced in 2001. In the THR cover story, Turner admitted that the separation shook him profoundly and perhaps contributed to the sense of him being emotionally adrift.
Morehouse College Commencement (2002)
Then the vice chairman of AOL Time Warner, Turner received an honorary degree from Morehouse College on May 19, 2002 in Atlanta. About 500 men received their undergraduate degrees from the predominantly black school. Turner attended Brown University.
Turner and Wirth Work With the U.N.
Established by Turner and Democratic Sen. Timothy Wirth of Colorado, who serves as its president, The U.N. Foundation promotes the aims of the U.N. The organization is one of Turner's biggest focuses; in 1997, he announced that he would would donate $1 billion to United Nations programs over the course of a decade. "What Ted founded," says U.N. Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin, "doesn't fall neatly into any one definition of a 'charity' because it's something more than that. It's a place where poeple can invest in solving the really big problems."
Walk of Fame Honor (2004)
In 2004, Turner -- here with his family -- had one of the greatest honors bestowed on any entertainment industry veteran: receiving a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
Marching for Women's Rights (2004)
In April 2004, Turner joined tens of thousands of women in Washington, D.C. marching in support of abortion rights and opposition to the Bush administration's policies on family planning.
Man of the Year Award (1990)
In November 1990, Turner -- who founded the all-news network CNN -- showed off his Man of the Year honor presented to him by the MIPCOM television programming festival held in Cannes.
Speaking With Scorsese (2004)
Throughout his career, Turner was a guest on several panels alongside distinguished guests, like director Martin Scorsese. Seen here, the two took part in a live discussion of "The Made America" at New York City's Broadhurts Theatre in October 2004.
AOL-Time Warner Merger (2000)
AOL chairman Steve Case, left, Time Warner chairman Gerald Levin, center, and Turner after announcing their merger at a New York press conference. It was a historic move, with AOL purchasing Time Warner for roughly more than $160 billion.
Turner at the United Nations (2005)
Turner, The U.N. Foundation chairman, attends the 2005 Institutional Investor Summit on Climate Risk at United Nations headquarters in May 2005 in New York City. Among the topics discussed: climate risk, management and global warming.
Turner and Al Gore (2005)
Turner and former U.S. vice president Al Gore have a laugh at Institutional Investor Summit on Climate Risk at United Nations in May 2005. By 2010, Turner's donations to the U.N. Foundation totaled $760 million, with each dollar leveraged to raise an additional $1.30 through partnerships like the Million Moms Challenge, an effort with ABC News and Johnson & Johnson.
Turner in Pakistan (2005)
Turner and Pakistani army officer Major General Nadeem, right, in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-administered Kashmir in December 2005. Up to that point, Turner's U.N. Foundation had donated $1 million for the South Asia earthquake with the U.N. asking for funds after an earthquake in Pakistan killed more than 73,000 people.
Turner at the United Nations (1997)
U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, right, shakes hands with U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Bill Richardson, left, as Turner and CNN's Richard Roth look on at the U.N.
Turner With Fonda (1993)
Turner and then-wife Jane Fonda attended the premiere of Gettysburg, a four-hour film chronicling the three-day battle of the U.S. Civil War based on The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. In theTHR cover story, Turner says that Fonda influenced him in "lots of ways." He said: "She's as opinionated as me, if not more."
Turner Throws Out First Pitch (1997)
To open the 1997 regular season, Turner threw out the first pitch in the first Atlanta Braves baseball game in the new stadium, Turner Field, on Apri; 4. The Braves beat out the Chicago Cubs with a score of 4-3.
Nuclear Threat Initiative (2010)
Turner and Sam Nunn attend the premiere of Nuclear Tipping Point at Universal Studios in Hollywood in January 2010. Turner and Nunn co-chair the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which supports projects such as the conversion of reactors around the world.
Turner and Girlfriend Elizabeth Dewberry (2011)
Turner and girlfriend Elizabeth Dewberry, who wrote the novel His Lovely Wife, attend Mikhail Gorbachev's 80th birthday celebration in London in March 2011. Dewberry left her husband, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler, for Turner. Upon their separation, Butler wrote in an e-mail to his colleagues: "She will not be Ted's only girlfriend. Ted is permanently and avowedly nonmonogamous."
Turner and Fonda Reunite (2010)
Ex-wife Jane Fonda, who said at THR's Women in Entertainment breakfast in December that she had spent too much of her life "being defined as so-and-so's wife," gave Turner an award at the 20th annual Environmental Media Association Awards at Warner Bros. studios in October 2010. Turner was one of the night's honorees, along with Jeff Skoll.
Turner Accepts Service Legacy Award (2011)
At the World Leadership Conference and Awards in 2011, held by Usher's New Look Foundation, Turner accepted the Service Legacy Award, given to honorees for their significant contributions to the advancement of young people in the U.S. and around the world.