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Gene Tierney Biography

Birth Name:
Gene Eliza Tierney
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Was named for her mother's brother, who had died at 17 from diabetes
  • While she and her family were taking a tour of Warner Bros
  • studios in 1938, director Anatole Litvak suggested that she ought to be in movies
  • She did a screen test the next day
  • Appeared on the cover of Life magazine in 1941
  • MGM offered her the lead in National Velvet, but she turned it down
  • Howard Hughes once flew her and her mother to Tijuana, where he had rented an entire restaurant and a band
  • In 1962, attended a luncheon at the White House for the premiere of Advise and Consent
  • Battled depression throughout her adult life; in 1957, she stood on the ledge of a high-rise in New York until police were called
  • In the 1960s, she wrote a society column for a Houston newspaper
  • Published Self-Portrait, her autobiography, in 1979
  • Spoke French fluently


  • 1945Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated