Gene Tierney
American actress
Gene Tierney
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.
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Anatomy of a great movie theme - Chicago Tribune (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Unlike the character portrayed by Gene Tierney, the "Laura" theme, evoking the memory of a tantalizing ghost of a woman, is easy to love. You hear it once, you fall fast, and hard. But the Raksin theme and score about which I'm even crazier takes a
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El metafísico que no quería dormir - Página 12
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... Dostoievski), el pasaje por París, el impacto del cine, tanto el neorrealismo de De Sica (el joven Simic ve hasta el infinito Ladrones de bicicletas) y la fascinación por el Hollywood de Humphrey Bogart y Gene Tierney, la obcecación en dominar el
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Masterchef contestants Ben Starr and Christine Corley watch finale at ... - Pegasus News
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Bar owner Gene Tierney estimated that nearly 500 people turned out to stand in line, meet the reality show stars, and watch the finale. "The event was supposed to start at 6 pm but we had people already lining up by 5:30," Tierney said
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Ann Dvorak: Hollywood's Forgotten Rebel - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Following a starring role in I Was an American Spy at the minor Allied Artists and a supporting one in the Glenn Ford-Gene Tierney Western drama The Secret of Convict Lake at Fox, her acting career came to an abrupt halt. Back in August 2008,
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DVD; Desert Tales, Centuries Apart
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The Egyptian It must have seemed to Michael Curtiz that he was returning to Square 1 when he was assigned to direct ''The Egyptian,'' the 1954 historical spectacular that 20th Century Fox intended as a showcase for the studio's new and improved CinemaScope process. This Hungarian director, born Mano Kertesz Kaminer, was beckoned to Hollywood by
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Desert Tales, Centuries Apart - New York Times
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... Bella Darvi), the pharaoh's power-hungry sister (Gene Tierney) and the innocent barmaid who really loves him (Jean Simmons). Which is a long way of saying that the story behind the film is in many ways more complex and resonant than the one in it
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At last! Outdoor movie weather hits Seattle - The Seattle Times
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Indoors, Gene Tierney's lovely face will haunt the Metro Wednesday night with a screening of the classic 1944 film noir "Laura," directed by Otto Preminger. 7 and 9 pm, 4500 Ninth Ave. NE, Seattle; 206-781-5755 or www.landmarktheatres.com
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Kate's take on Mildred Pierce - The Australian
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As the 1946 Oscars approached, Crawford's rivals - the beloved Ingrid Bergman, Jennifer Jones and Gene Tierney - were all better liked. They had starred that year in happy, optimistic post-war films. Crawford was in a Depression-era glumfest called
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La misteriosa silla de Laura - ABC.es (blog)
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Pero alrededor de esa silla vacía de Laura uno ha jugado a figurarse a cada uno de los personajes de la “Laura” de Otto Preminger, que es la Laura suprema, es decir, Gene Tierney. ¿Detendría usted su automóvil, si sentada en esa silla se apareciese
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Sanders: Some must-see movies - Opelika Auburn News
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Gene Tierney was Laura and always will be. I love you, Gene, no matter where you are. “Out of the Past” is considered by most critics as a great movie in the film noir category, although many people don't seem to recognize it
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FILM NOIR LIVES - NewsTime
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I love film noir, because of its femme fatale anti-heroines: Barbara Stanwyck with that ankle-bracelet in “Double Indemnity”; Gene Tierney icily witnessing the drowning of her husband's crippled brother in “Leave Her To Heaven”; Mary Astor's Brigid,
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EPA Air Advisers Offer Guide To Cut Costs Of Vehicle Emissions Testing - InsideDefense (subscription)
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In an EPA presentation at the meeting, Gene Tierney of EPA's Office of Transportation & Air Quality said that, “OBD allows for quick and easy I/M testing” and that the use of wireless technology “makes it even easier and less expensive to test vehicles
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THE BOOTLEG FILES: THE GHOST AND MRS. MUIR - Film Threat
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20th Century Fox produced “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” in 1947 as a film starring Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison. The film provided a sweetly comic story about the impossible love between a young woman and the ghost of a salty sea captain
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Exclusive Interview: Nick Redman discusses The Egyptian - Blu-ray.com
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The Egyptian was a mammoth 1954 Fox production directed by the legendary Michael Curtiz, and starring Gene Tierney, Edmund Purdom, Jean Simmons, Michael Wilding and Peter Ustinov—among a cast of thousands, as they say. Tell me about your history with
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Hombres de a caballo - Página 12
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... no podemos dejar de referirnos a The Way of a Gaucho (El camino del gaucho, 1952), primera superproducción de un estudio como la Fox en la Argentina, con Rory Calhoun convertido en el gaucho Martin enamorando a su china Gene Tierney
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Catch fireflies and flicks - Boston Globe
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617-787-7200, mass.gov/drc - Boston Harbor Hotel begins its Movies by Moonlight on June 17 with the1944 Otto Preminger detective drama, "Laura," starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. The film greats continue through September 2
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gene Tierney
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 70
    Tierney died of emphysema on November 6, 1991 in Houston, thirteen days before her 71st birthday.
    More Details Hide Details She is interred in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. Tierney was survived by her daughters Daria and Christina. Certain documents of Tierney's film-related material, personal papers, letters, etc., are held in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives, to which scholars, media experts, and the public may have access.
  • 1986
    Age 65
    In 1986, Tierney was honored alongside actor Gregory Peck with the first Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.
    More Details Hide Details Tierney has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard.
  • 1981
    Age 60
    Tierney's second husband, W. Howard Lee, died on February 17, 1981 after a long illness.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 58
    Tierney's autobiography, Self-Portrait, in which she candidly discusses her life, career, and mental illness, was published in 1979.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1960
    Age 39
    In 1960, 20th Century Fox announced Tierney would play the lead role in Return to Peyton Place, but she dropped out of the project after becoming pregnant.
    More Details Hide Details She later miscarried.
    Lee and Lamarr divorced in 1960 after a long battle over alimony, then Lee and Tierney married in Aspen, Colorado, on July 11, 1960.
    More Details Hide Details They lived quietly in Houston, Texas, and Florida until his death in 1981.
    In 1960, Tierney sent Kennedy a note of congratulations on his victory in the presidential election. During this time, newspapers documented Tierney's other romantic relationships, including Kirk Douglas. While filming for Personal Affair in Europe, she began a romance with Prince Aly Khan. They became engaged in 1952, while Khan was going through a divorce from Rita Hayworth.
    More Details Hide Details Their marriage plans, however, met with fierce opposition from his father, Aga Khan III. Cassini later bequeathed $500,000 in trust to Daria and $1,000,000 to Christina.
  • 1958
    Age 37
    In 1958, Tierney met Texas oil baron W. Howard Lee, who had been married to actress Hedy Lamarr since 1953.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 25
    During their separation, Tierney met John F. Kennedy, a young World War II veteran, who was visiting the set of Dragonwyck in 1946.
    More Details Hide Details They began a romance that she ended the following year after Kennedy told her he could never marry her because of his political ambitions.
    Tierney and Cassini separated October 20, 1946, and entered into a property settlement agreement November 10, 1946. Periodicals during this period record Tierney with Charles K. Feldman, including articles related to her "twosoming" with Feldman, her "current best beau". An uncontested divorce followed in California; their final divorce decree was dated March 13, 1948.
    More Details Hide Details The Los Angeles Times reported that the couple reconciled on April 19, 1948, but did not remarry.
  • 1943
    Age 22
    In June 1943, while pregnant with Daria, Tierney contracted rubella (German measles), likely from a fan ill with the disease.
    More Details Hide Details Daria was born prematurely in Washington, DC, weighing three pounds, two ounces (1.42 kg) and requiring a total blood transfusion. The rubella caused congenital damage: Daria was deaf, partially blind with cataracts, and severely mentally disabled. She was institutionalized for much of her life. This was partial inspiration for the Agatha Christie novel The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side. Tierney's friend Howard Hughes paid for Daria's medical expenses, ensuring the girl received the best care. Tierney never forgot his acts of kindness.
    With difficult events in her personal life, Tierney struggled for years with episodes of manic depression. In 1943, she gave birth to a daughter, Daria, who was deaf and mentally disabled, the result of a fan breaking out of rubella quarantine and infecting the pregnant Tierney while she volunteered at the Hollywood Canteen.
    More Details Hide Details In 1953, she suffered problems with concentration, which affected her film appearances. She dropped out of Mogambo and was replaced by Grace Kelly. While playing Anne Scott in The Left Hand of God (1955), opposite Humphrey Bogart, Tierney became ill. Bogart had a personal experience as he was close to a sister who suffered from mental illness, so during the production, he fed Tierney her lines and encouraged her to seek help. Tierney consulted a psychiatrist and was admitted to Harkness Pavilion in New York. Later, she went to the Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. After some 27 shock treatments, intended to alleviate severe depression, Tierney fled the facility, but was caught and returned. She later became an outspoken opponent of shock treatment therapy, claiming it had destroyed significant portions of her memory. 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. Police were called, and afterwards Tierney's family arranged for her to be admitted to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. The following year, after treatment for depression, she was released. Afterwards, she worked as a sales girl in a local dress shop with hopes of integrating back into society, but she was recognized by a customer, resulting in sensational newspaper headlines.
  • 1941
    Age 20
    Tierney married two men: the first was Oleg Cassini, a costume and fashion designer, on June 1, 1941, with whom she eloped.
    More Details Hide Details Her parents opposed the marriage, as he was from a Russian-Italian family and born in France. She had two daughters, Antoinette Daria Cassini (October 15, 1943 – September 11, 2010) and Christina "Tina" Cassini (November 19, 1948 – March 31, 2015), born after their divorce, paternity of whom was the subject of intrigue and speculation at the time due to Tierney's links with Howard Hughes, Tyrone Power, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, and Charles Feldman.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 18
    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.
    More Details Hide Details She met Howard Hughes, who tried unsuccessfully to seduce her. From a well-to-do family herself, she was not impressed by his wealth. Hughes eventually became a lifelong friend. After a cameraman advised Tierney to lose a little weight, she wrote Harper's Bazaar magazine for a diet, which she followed for the next 25 years. Tierney was initially offered the lead role in National Velvet, but production was delayed. When Columbia Pictures failed to find Tierney a project, she returned to Broadway and starred as Patricia Stanley to critical and commercial success in The Male Animal (1940). In The New York Times, Brooks Atkinson wrote, "Tierney blazes with animation in the best performance she has yet given". She was the toast of Broadway before her 20th birthday. The Male Animal was a hit, and Tierney was featured in Life magazine. She was also photographed by Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and Collier's Weekly.
  • 1938
    Age 17
    Tierney's society debut occurred on September 24, 1938, when she was 17 years old.
    More Details Hide Details Soon bored with society life, she decided to pursue an acting career. Her father said, “If Gene is to be an actress, it should be in the legitimate theatre.” Tierney studied acting at a small Greenwich Village acting studio in New York with Broadway director and actor Benno Schneider. She became a protégée of Broadway producer-director George Abbott. In Tierney's first role on Broadway, she carried a bucket of water across the stage in What a Life! (1938). A Variety magazine critic declared, "Miss Tierney is certainly the most beautiful water carrier I've ever seen!" She also worked as an understudy in The Primrose Path (1938). The following year, she appeared in the role of Molly O'Day in the Broadway production Mrs. O'Brien Entertains (1939). The New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson wrote, "As an Irish maiden fresh from the old country, Gene Tierney in her first stage performance is very pretty and refreshingly modest." That same year, Tierney appeared as Peggy Carr in Ring Two (1939) to favorable reviews. Theater critic Richard Watts, Jr. of the New York Herald Tribune wrote, "I see no reason why Miss Tierney should not have an interesting theatrical career – that is, if cinema does not kidnap her away."
    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 Farmington, Connecticut.
    More Details Hide Details On a family trip to the West Coast, she visited Warner Bros. studios, where a cousin worked as a producer of historical short films. Director Anatole Litvak, taken by the 17-year-old’s beauty, told her that she should become an actress. Warner Bros. wanted to sign her to a contract, but her parents advised against it because of the relatively low salary; they also wanted her in a higher social position.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1920
    Born
    Tierney was born on November 19, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Howard Sherwood Tierney and Belle Lavina Taylor.
    More Details Hide Details The family owned a brownstone at 900 St. Mark's Avenue, which was at the time a very fashionable street in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. She was named after a beloved uncle, who died young. She had an elder brother, Howard Sherwood “Butch” Tierney, Jr., and a younger sister, Patricia “Pat” Tierney. Their father was a successful insurance broker of Irish descent, their mother a former physical education instructor. Tierney attended St. Margaret's School in Waterbury, Connecticut, and the Unquowa School in Fairfield. She published her first poem, entitled "Night", in the school magazine and wrote poetry occasionally throughout her life. Tierney played Jo in a student production of Little Women, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.
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