Gene Eliza Tierney was an American film and stage actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven. Tierney’s other roles include Martha Strable Van Cleve in Heaven Can Wait, Isabel Bradley Maturin in The Razor’s Edge, Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir.
About Gene Tierney in brief
Gene Eliza Tierney was an American film and stage actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven. Tierney’s other roles include Martha Strable Van Cleve in Heaven Can Wait, Isabel Bradley Maturin in The Razor’s Edge, Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Ann Sutton in Whirlpool, Mary Bristol in Night and the City, Morgan Taylor-Paine in Where the Sidewalk Ends, Maggie Carleton McNulty in The Mating Season, and Anne Scott in The Left Hand of God. Tierney met Howard Hughes, who tried unsuccessfully to seduce her. After a cameraman advised Tierney to lose a little weight, she wrote to Harper’s Bazaar magazine for a diet for a role in National Velvet, which she followed for the next 25 years. She also starred in The Male Animal, which was a hit, and was featured in Life, Vogue, and Vogue’s Collier’s Weekly. She died in a car crash in New York City in 1998, at the age of 80. She is survived by her husband, Howard Sherwood Tierney Jr., and a younger sister, Patricia “Pat” Tierney. She had an elder brother, HowardSherwood “Butch” Tierny Jr., who was a successful insurance broker of Irish descent. Her father set up a corporation, Belle-Tier, to fund and promote her acting career.Tierney’s 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 NewYork with Yiddish and Broadway actordirector Benno Schneider. She became a protégée of Broadway producer-director George Abbott. Her first role on Broadway, she carried a bucket of water across the stage in What a Life!. A Variety magazine critic declared, \”Miss Tierney is certainly the most beautiful water carrier I’ve ever seen!\” Tierney spent two years in Europe, attending Brillantmont International School in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she learned to speak fluent French. She returned to the US in 1938 and attended Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. 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 to take her position in society. That same year, Tierney appeared as Peggy Carr in Ring Two to favorable reviews. She appeared in the role of Molly O’Day in the Broadway production Mrs. O’Brien Entertains. The following year, she appeared in Ring Two to favorable Reviews, and she was also photographed by Stanley Stanley Stanley, Stanley Vierner, and Stanley Stanley’s Vogue magazine. In 1939, she was the toast of Broadway before her 20th birthday. In 1940, she played the title character in Laura, a film based on Louisa May Alcott’s novel.