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Birth information

19 November 1920 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

6 November 1991 Houston, Texas, USA

Given Name

Gene Eliza Tierney

Nickname

The Get Girl

How tall is Gene Tierney?

1.7 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

William Howard Lee
Oleg Cassini

Life Story of Gene Tierney

With prominent cheekbones, luminous skin and the most crystalline green eyes of her day, Gene Tierney's striking good looks helped propel her to stardom. Her best known role is the enigmatic murder victim in Laura (1944). She was also Oscar-nominated for Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Her acting performances were few in the 1950s as she battled a troubled emotional life that included hospitalization and shock treatment for depression.

Gene Eliza Tierney was born on November 19, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, to well-to-do parents, Belle Lavinia (Taylor) and Howard Sherwood Tierney. Her father was a successful insurance broker and her mother was a former teacher. Her childhood was lavish indeed. She also lived, at times, with her equally successful grandparents in Connecticut and New York. She was educated in the finest schools on the East Coast and at a finishing school in Switzerland.

After two years in Europe, Gene returned to the US where she completed her education. By 1938 she was performing on Broadway in What a Life! and understudied for the Primrose Path (1938) at the same time. Her wealthy father set up a corporation that was only to promote her...

How much money has Gene Tierney earned?

The Return of Frank James (1940) $350 / week

Publications and Magazines about Gene Tierney

Pascal Mérigeau Gene Tierney. 1987
Michelle Vogel Gene Tierney: A Biography. 2004
Gene Tierney Self-Portrait. 1979
Víctor Guerrero Gene Tierney. En el filo de la navaja. 2016
Gene Tierney Mademoiselle, vous devreiz faire du cinéma.... 1985

What movies did Gene Tierney play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Scruples (1980) Harriet Toppingham, Daughter of the Mind (1969) Lenore Constable, The F.B.I. (1969) Faye Simpson, The Pleasure Seekers (1964) Jane Barton, Four Nights of the Full Moon (1963) , Toys in the Attic (1963) Albertine Prine, Advise & Consent (1962) Dolly Harrison, General Electric Theater (1960) Ellen Galloway, Frances Farmer Presents (1958) Barbara Hall, The Left Hand of God (1955) Anne 'Scotty' Scott, Black Widow (1954) Iris Denver, The Egyptian (1954) Baketamon, Personal Affair (1953) Kay Barlow, Never Let Me Go (1953) Marya Lamarkina,...

Birth information

19 November 1920 Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Death information

6 November 1991 Houston, Texas, USA

Given Name

Gene Eliza Tierney

Nickname

The Get Girl

How tall is Gene Tierney?

1.7 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

William Howard Lee
Oleg Cassini

Life Story of Gene Tierney

With prominent cheekbones, luminous skin and the most crystalline green eyes of her day, Gene Tierney's striking good looks helped propel her to stardom. Her best known role is the enigmatic murder victim in Laura (1944). She was also Oscar-nominated for Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Her acting performances were few in the 1950s as she battled a troubled emotional life that included hospitalization and shock treatment for depression.

Gene Eliza Tierney was born on November 19, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, to well-to-do parents, Belle Lavinia (Taylor) and Howard Sherwood Tierney. Her father was a successful insurance broker and her mother was a former teacher. Her childhood was lavish indeed. She also lived, at times, with her equally successful grandparents in Connecticut and New York. She was educated in the finest schools on the East Coast and at a finishing school in Switzerland.

After two years in Europe, Gene returned to the US where she completed her education. By 1938 she was performing on Broadway in What a Life! and understudied for the Primrose Path (1938) at the same time. Her wealthy father set up a corporation that was only to promote her...

How much money has Gene Tierney earned?

The Return of Frank James (1940) $350 / week

Publications and Magazines about Gene Tierney

Pascal Mérigeau Gene Tierney. 1987
Michelle Vogel Gene Tierney: A Biography. 2004
Gene Tierney Self-Portrait. 1979
Víctor Guerrero Gene Tierney. En el filo de la navaja. 2016
Gene Tierney Mademoiselle, vous devreiz faire du cinéma.... 1985

What movies did Gene Tierney play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Scruples (1980) Harriet Toppingham, Daughter of the Mind (1969) Lenore Constable, The F.B.I. (1969) Faye Simpson, The Pleasure Seekers (1964) Jane Barton, Four Nights of the Full Moon (1963) , Toys in the Attic (1963) Albertine Prine, Advise & Consent (1962) Dolly Harrison, General Electric Theater (1960) Ellen Galloway, Frances Farmer Presents (1958) Barbara Hall, The Left Hand of God (1955) Anne 'Scotty' Scott, Black Widow (1954) Iris Denver, The Egyptian (1954) Baketamon, Personal Affair (1953) Kay Barlow, Never Let Me Go (1953) Marya Lamarkina,...

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Gene Tierney in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Her first daughter was born intellectually disabled because Gene had contracted rubella (aka German measles) during her only appearance at the Hollywood Canteen. This served as the uncredited inspiration for the plot of the 1962 Agatha Christie novel and later movie The Mirror Crack'd (1980).

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Had two daughters with her ex-husband Oleg Cassini: Antoinette Daria Cassini (October 15, 1943 - September 11, 2010) and Christina Cassini (November 19, 1948 - March 31, 2015). Both Daria and Christina have died at age 66.

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Was represented by the John Robert Powers Agency as a fashion model in the 1930s.

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Gene Tierney in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Darryl F. Zanuck, founder of 20th Century-Fox, said she was unquestionably the most beautiful woman in movie history.

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Howard Hughes provided the funds for her daughter's medical care.

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Second husband, William Howard Lee, was originally married to Hedy Lamarr before he married Tierney.

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Had her share of love affairs during her Hollywood reign, including a notorious one with John F. Kennedy, whom she met while filming Dragonwyck (1946). Kennedy broke this up because of his political aspirations. She also had dalliances with Tyrone Power during production of The Razor's Edge (1946) and with Prince Aly Khan in the early 1950s.

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Gene Tierney and Tom Tully in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer offered her the lead role in National Velvet (1944) but when the production was delayed, she instead signed with 20th Century-Fox.

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Received extensive shock treatment in the 1950s while battling her mental instability.

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Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Was in the throes of suicidal depression and admitted to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas on Christmas Day 1957 after police talked her down from a building ledge. She was released from Menninger's the following year.

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Gene Tierney and Ruth Donnelly in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

20th Century-Fox offered her the lead role in Holiday for Lovers (1959) following her rehabilitation therapy. However, the stress proved too great and she was forced to leave the production.

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Gene Tierney and Ruth Donnelly in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.

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Gene Tierney in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Discovered she was expecting daughter Daria while filming Heaven Can Wait (1943). Began filming Laura (1944), after returning from her maternity leave.

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Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Bert Freed in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

Gave her name as "Gene Eliza Taylor Tierney" upon her marriage to Oleg Cassini in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Gene Tierney and Kathleen Hughes in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

She appeared with Vincent Price in four films: Hudson's Bay (1941), Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945) and Dragonwyck (1946).

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Gene Tierney, Oleg Cassini, and Lester Sharpe in Faustrecht der Großstadt (1950)

She appeared with Dana Andrews in five films: Tobacco Road (1941), Belle Starr (1941), Laura (1944), The Iron Curtain (1948) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950).

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Gene Tierney in Todsünde (1945)

When she saw herself on screen for the first time, she was horrified by her voice ("I sounded like an angry Minnie Mouse"). She began smoking to lower her voice, but it came at a great price--she died of emphysema.

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Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by either Lydia Simoneschi and Rina Morelli (most notably Laura (1944) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)). She was also dubbed by Miranda Bonansea in The Return of Frank James (1940); Rosetta Calavetta in Sundown (1941) and Paola Barbara in Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942).

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Despite her earlier romance with John F. Kennedy during the 1940s, she voted for Richard Nixon in 1960 instead. However, she did send JFK a congratulatory note when he was elected president.

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Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

Was offered the role of Linda Nordley in Mogambo (1953), which she was forced to turn down due to pregnancy. Grace Kelly, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.

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Gene Tierney in Todsünde (1945)

No relation to actress Maura Tierney.

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Gene Tierney and Jeanne Crain in Todsünde (1945)

Her mother, Belle Lavinia (Taylor), was a gymnastics teacher. Her father, Howard Sherwood Tierney, served in World War I. Her older brother was named Howard Junior and her younger sister is named Pat. She was of Irish, English, and Sephardi Jewish ancestry.

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Gene Tierney, Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, and Mary Philips in Todsünde (1945)

She was a lifelong staunch Republican and a strong supporter of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in particular.

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Gene Tierney in Todsünde (1945)

She was a guest at the house of Tyrone Power on May 19, 1946, when Primula Niven, wife of David Niven, fell down a flight of stairs, sustaining injuries that would eventually result in her death.

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Related to Academy Award-winning producer Gordon Hollingshead; her mother was his cousin. She was "discovered" when Hollingshead was giving Tierney's family a tour of the Warner Brothers lot, and director Anatole Litvak spotted her, told her she should be in pictures and got her to take a screen test.

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Gene Tierney and Gene Lockhart in Todsünde (1945)

Although she played Tod Andrews's mother in Heaven Can Wait (1943), she was six years his junior in real life.

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Gene Tierney, Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, and Mary Philips in Todsünde (1945)

During the mid-1930s and years before she became famous, she attended a boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, where her roommate was Maria Riva, daughter of Marlene Dietrich.

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Gene Tierney and Jeanne Crain in Todsünde (1945)

Following her death, she was interred at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas. She passed away thirteen days before her 71st birthday.

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Ex-sister-in-law of Igor Cassini.

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Gene Tierney and Darryl Hickman in Todsünde (1945)

Spoke French fluently.

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Gene Tierney and Darryl Hickman in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney and Darryl Hickman in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney, Darryl Hickman, and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

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Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Todsünde (1945)

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