Gene Tierney

Gene Tierney

  • Highest Rated: 100% Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
  • Lowest Rated: 40% Toys in the Attic (1963)
  • Birthday: Nov 19, 1920
  • Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
  • One of Hollywood's most luminous actresses, Gene Tierney remains best remembered for her performance in the title role of the 1944 mystery classic Laura. Born November 20, 1920, in Brooklyn, NY, Tierney was the daughter of a wealthy insurance broker, and was educated in Connecticut and Switzerland; she traveled in social circles, and at a party met Anatole Litvak, who was so stunned by her beauty that he requested she screen test at Warner Bros. The studio offered a contract, but the salary was so low that her parents dissuaded her from signing; instead, Tierney pursued a stage career, making her Broadway debut in 1938's Mrs. O'Brien Entertains. A six-month contract was then offered by Columbia, which she accepted. However, after the studio failed to find her a project, she returned to New York to star on-stage in The Male Animal. The lead in MGM's National Velvet was offered her, but when the project was delayed Tierney signed with Fox, where in 1940 she made her film debut opposite Henry Fonda in the Fritz Lang Western The Return of Frank James.A small role in Hudson's Bay followed before Tierney essayed her first major role in John Ford's 1940 drama Tobacco Road. She then starred as the titular Belle Starr. Fox remained impressed with her skills, but critics consistently savaged her work. Inexplicably and wholly inappropriately, she was cast as a native girl in three consecutive features: Sundown, The Shanghai Gesture, and Son of Fury. Closer to home was 1942's Thunder Birds, in which Tierney starred as a socialite; however, she was just as quickly returned to more exotic fare later that same year for China Girl. A supporting turn in Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1943 comedy Heaven Can Wait signalled an upward turn in Tierney's career, however, and the following year she starred as the enigmatic Laura in Otto's Preminger's masterful mystery. After 1945's A Bell for Adano, she next appeared as a femme fatale in the melodrama Leave Her to Heaven, a performance which won her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination -- her most successful film to date.Tierney continued working at a steady pace, and in 1946 co-starred with Tyrone Power in an adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel The Razor's Edge. The 1947 The Ghost and Mrs. Muir was her last major starring role; from 1948's The Iron Curtain onward, she appeared primarily in smaller supporting performances in projects including the 1949 thriller Whirlpool and Jules Dassin's classic 1950 noir Night and the City. After 1952's Way of a Gaucho, Tierney's Fox contract expired, and at MGM she starred with Spencer Tracy in Plymouth Adventure, followed by the Clark Gable vehicle Never Let Me Go. The latter was filmed in Britain, and she remained there to shoot Personal Affair. While in Europe, Tierney also began a romance with Aly Khan, but their marriage plans were met by fierce opposition from the Aga Khan; dejectedly she returned to the U.S., where she appeared in 1954's Black Widow.After 1955's The Left Hand of God, Tierney's long string of personal troubles finally took their toll, and she left Hollywood and relocated to the Midwest, accepting a job in a small department store; there she was rediscovered in 1959, and Fox offered her a lead role in the film Holidays for Lovers. However, the stress of performing proved too great, and days into production Tierney quit to return to the clinic. In 1960 she married Texas oil baron Howard Lee. Two years later, Fox announced her for the lead role in Return to Peyton Place, but she became pregnant and dropped out of the project. Finally, Tierney returned to screens in 1962's Advise and Consent, followed a year later by Toys in the Attic. After 1964's The Pleasure Seekers, she again retired, but in 1969 starred in the TV movie Daughter of the Mind. Remaining out of the public eye for the next decade, in 1979 Tierney published an autobiography, Self-Portrait, and in 1980 appeared in the miniseries Scruples; the performance was her last -- she

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

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No Score Yet Scruples Actor 1980
No Score Yet The Pleasure Seekers Jane Barton 1964
40% Toys in the Attic Albertine Prine 1963
75% Advise and Consent Dolly Harrison 1962
No Score Yet The Left Hand of God Anne 'Scotty' Scott 1955
No Score Yet Black Widow Iris Denver 1954
No Score Yet The Egyptian Baketamon 1954
No Score Yet Never Let Me Go Marya Lamarkina 1953
No Score Yet Personal Affair Kay Barlow 1953
No Score Yet Plymouth Adventure Dorothy Bradford 1952
No Score Yet Way Of A Gaucho Teresa 1952
No Score Yet The Secret of Convict Lake Marcia Stoddard 1951
No Score Yet On the Riviera Lili Duran 1951
No Score Yet The Mating Season Maggie Carleton 1951
No Score Yet Close To My Heart Midge Sheridan 1951
79% Night and the City Mary Bristol 1950
100% Where the Sidewalk Ends Morgan Taylor 1950
91% Whirlpool Ann Sutton 1949
No Score Yet That Wonderful Urge Sara Farley 1948
No Score Yet The Iron Curtain Anna Gouzenko 1948
100% The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Lucy Muir 1947
No Score Yet Dragonwyck Miranda Wells 1946
83% The Razor's Edge Isabel Bradley 1946
90% Leave Her to Heaven Ellen Berent Harland 1945
No Score Yet A Bell for Adano Tina 1945
100% Laura Laura Hunt 1944
85% Heaven Can Wait Martha 1943
No Score Yet Thunder Birds Kay Saunders 1942
No Score Yet Rings on Her Fingers Susan Miller/Linda Worthington 1942
No Score Yet Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake Eve 1942
100% The Shanghai Gesture Poppy Charteris 1942
No Score Yet Sundown Zia 1941
No Score Yet Belle Starr Miss Belle / Belle Starr 1941
No Score Yet Hudson's Bay Barbara Hall 1941
No Score Yet Tobacco Road Ellie May Lester 1941
83% The Return of Frank James Eleanor Stone 1940

QUOTES FROM Gene Tierney CHARACTERS

Ann Treadwell
Shelby's better for me.
Laura Hunt
Why?
Ann Treadwell
[while applying lipstick] Cuz I can afford him, and understand him. He's no good but he's what I want. I'm not a nice person Laura, and neither is he. He knows I know he's - just what he is. He also knows that I don't care. We belong together because we're both weak and can't seem to help it. That's why I know he's capable of murder; he's like me.
Ann Treadwell
Cause I can afford him, and understand him. He's no good but he's what I want. I'm not a nice person Laura, and neither is he. He knows I know he's - just what he is. He also knows that I don't care. We belong together because we're both weak and can't seem to help it. That's why I know he's capable of murder; he's like me.
Shelby Carpenter
I knew there was something on my mind. What is it? Oh yes, will you dine with me tomorrow night?
Laura Hunt
Maybe.
Shelby Carpenter
No, that isn't what's worrying me. It's the next night.
Laura Hunt
But Shelby, I can't....
Shelby Carpenter
Good. And what about three weeks from tonight? And all the nights in between?
Laura Hunt
Don't you think I have any other engagements?
Shelby Carpenter
What about two months from now and the month after that?
Laura Hunt
What about next year?
Shelby Carpenter
That's all settled. What about breakfast?
Waldo Lydecker
You seem to be completely disregarding something more important than your career: my lunch.
Laura Hunt
Do you really believe that?
Waldo Lydecker
Implicitly.
Laura Hunt
I never heard of anything so selfish.
Waldo Lydecker
In my case, self absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention.
Laura Hunt
But, you write about people with such - real understanding and sentiment. That's what makes your columns so good.
Waldo Lydecker
The sentiment comes easy at fifty cents a word.
Laura Hunt
If that's the way you really feel - you must be very lonely.
Waldo Lydecker
Will you kindly continue this character analysis elsewhere? You begin to bore me.
Lucy Muir
"I want Gull Cottage."
Lucy Muir
I want Gull Cottage.