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Gene Tierney

Born Nov 19, 1920

Gene Eliza Tierney was an American film and stage actress. Acclaimed as one of the great beauties of her day, she is best remembered for her performance in the title role of Laura (1944) and her Academy Award-nominated performance for Best Actress in Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Other notable roles include Martha Strable Van Cleve in Heaven Can Wait (1943), Isabel Bradley Maturin in The Razor's Edge (1946), Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs.… Read More

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1920 Birth Born on November 19, 1920.


1938 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Tierney spent two years in Europe, attending Brillantmont International School in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she learned to speak fluent French. She returned to the U.S. in 1938 and attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut. … Read More
1939 18 Years Old Tierney's father set up a corporation, Belle-Tier, to fund and promote her acting career. Columbia Pictures signed her to a six-month contract in 1939. … Read More


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1943 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Receiving top billing in Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1943 comedy Heaven Can Wait, as Martha Strable Van Cleve, signaled an upward turn in Tierney's career, and her popularity increased. … Read More
1944 23 Years Old In 1944, Tierney starred in what became her most famous role: the title role in Otto Preminger's film noir Laura, opposite Dana Andrews. … Read More
1946 25 Years Old In 1946, Tierney starred as Miranda Wells in Dragonwyck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz' debut film as a director, along with Walter Huston and Vincent Price. … Read More
1948 27 Years Old …  An uncontested divorce followed in California; their final divorce decree was dated March 13, 1948. … Read More


1951 30 Years Old In 1951, Tierney was loaned to Paramount Pictures, where she gave a memorable comic turn as Maggie Carleton in Mitchell Leisen's classic ensemble farce, The Mating Season, with John Lund, Thelma Ritter, and Miriam Hopkins. … Read More
1952 31 Years Old Tierney remarried Cassini, but they divorced again on February 28, 1952. "Cassini promised in his 1952 divorce from Gene Tierney that he would write a will leaving both of his daughters half of his fortune". … Read More
1953 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Early in 1953, Tierney returned to the U.S. to co-star in film noir Black Widow (1954) as Iris Denver, with Ginger Rogers and Van Heflin. … Read More
1957 36 Years Old In late December 1957, Tierney, from her mother's apartment in Manhattan, stepped onto a ledge 14 stories above ground and remained for about 20 minutes in what was considered a suicide attempt. … Read More
1958 37 Years Old 1 More Event
Later in 1958, 20th Century-Fox offered Tierney a lead role in Holiday for Lovers (1959), but the stress upon her proved too great, so only days into production, she dropped out of the film and returned to Menninger for a time. … Read More
In 1960, Tierney sent Kennedy a note of congratulations on his victory in the presidential election. … Read More


1979 58 Years Old Tierney's autobiography, Self-Portrait, in which she candidly discusses her life, career and mental illness, was published in 1979.


1981 60 Years Old Tierney's second husband W. Howard Lee died on February 17, 1981 after a long illness.
1986 65 Years Old In 1986, Tierney was honored alongside actor Gregory Peck with the first Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain. … Read More
1991 70 Years Old 1 More Event
Tierney died of emphysema in 1991 in Houston. … Read More
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