|Gene Tierney Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Date of Birth||November 19, 1920|
|Date of Death||November 6, 1991|
Gene Tierney was an American film and stage actor whom director Martin Scorsese assessed as one of the most underrated actors of the Golden Era. For her role in the 1945 psychological thriller film Leave Her to Heaven, she was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Actress”.
Gene Eliza Tierney
The Get Girl
She was born on November 19, 1920.
On November 6, 1991, Gene Tierney died of emphysema at the age of 70 in Houston, Texas, United States.
Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Texas, United States
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Gene Tierney studied at St. Margaret’s School in Waterbury, Connecticut, and the Unquowa School in Fairfield. Later, she attended Brillantmont International School in Lausanne, Switzerland, and learned to speak fluent French.
In 1936, she came back to the United States and attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. She also studied acting at a small Greenwich Village acting studio in New York with Yiddish and Broadway actor/director Benno Schneider.
- Father – Howard Sherwood Tierney (Insurance Broker)
- Mother – Belle Lavinia Taylor (Former Physical Education Instructor)
- Siblings – Howard Sherwood “Butch” Tierney Jr. (Older Brother), Patricia “Pat” Tierney (Younger Sister)
- Others – John Henry Tierney (Paternal Grandfather), Harriet Eleanor “Ella” Fox (Paternal Grandmother), Clarence Warren Taylor (Maternal Grandfather), Carrie Belle/Bella Hollingshead (Maternal Grandmother)
5 ft 7 in or 170 cm
54 kg or 119 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Gene Tierney had dated –
- Kirk Douglas
- Rudy Vallee
- Darryl F. Zanuck
- Joseph L. Mankiewicz
- Jean-Pierre Aumont
- Desi Arnaz (1940)
- Robert Sterling (1940)
- Robert Morley (1940)
- Oleg Cassini (1941-1952) – She eloped with costume and fashion designer Oleg Cassini when she was 20 years old and they married on June 1, 1941. They had 2 daughters – Antoinette Daria Cassini (October 15, 1943 – September 11, 2010) and Christina “Tina” Cassini (November 19, 1948 – March 31, 2015). Gene Tierney had contracted rubella (German measles) while pregnant with Daria in June 1943 and Daria was born prematurely in Washington, D.C., weighing 3 pounds, 2 ounces (1.42 kg), and requiring a total blood transfusion. Daria was deaf, partially blind with cataracts, severely mentally disabled, and was institutionalized for much of her life. On October 20, 1946, Tierney and Cassini separated and the divorce was to be finalized in March 1948. However, the duo reconciled before that only to later divorce in 1952.
- Victor Mature (1941)
- Huntington Hartford (1942)
- Henry Fonda (1942)
- Tyrone Power (1946)
- John F. Kennedy (1946-1947)
- Howard Hughes (1946)
- Teddy Stauffer (1951-1952)
- Spencer Tracy (1952)
- Leland Rosenberg (1952)
- Prince Aly Khan (1952-1954)
- Porfirio Rubirosa (1952)
- W. Howard Lee (1958-1981) – She met Texas oil baron W. Howard Lee in 1958 and they eventually started dating. However, he was married to actor Hedy Lamarr at the time. Lee and Lamarr divorced in 1960 and Lee and Tierney married in Aspen, Colorado, on July 11, 1960. They lived together in Houston, Texas, and Delray Beach, Florida until his death in 1981.
Race / Ethnicity
Gene was of Irish, English, Dutch, and Sephardi Jewish descent.
- Her beauty
- Prominent cheekbones
She was cast in print adverts for –
- Royal Crown Cola (1945)
- Westmore Hollywood Cosmetics’ Tru-Glow Liquid Makeup (1952)
Gene Tierney Facts
- She grew up in Westport, Connecticut.
- Gene was named after a beloved uncle who died young.
- In 1944, Gene Tierney played the titular role in the film noir titled Laura.
- Her autobiography named Self-Portrait was published in 1979.
- Alongside actor Gregory Peck, Gene Tierney received the first Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain in 1986.
- She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard on February 8, 1960.
- Gene Tierney was a lifelong Republican and supported Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan in their elections.
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