Gene Tierney nacque il 19 novembre del 1920 a Brooklyn e morì il 6 novembre del 1991 a Houston dopo essere stata una stella del cinema americano.
Si sposò una prima volta con lo stilista Oleg Cassini nel 1941, matrimonio dal quale nacquero due figlie Daria nel 1943 e Tina nel 1948.
Gene prese la rosolia quando era in cinta della prima figlia che purtroppo nacque parzialmente sorda, cieca e con un serio ritardo mentale, una tragedia che fece cadere la mamma in una profonda depressione e da cui inizio la sua bi-polarità.
Il disagio mentale la portò a separarsi dal marito per un lungo periodo nel quale ebbe due storie d'amore prima con Tyrone Power e poi con un giovane John Kennedy.
Più tardi si riunì al marito con il quale ebbe una seconda figlia ma più tardi la coppia finì per divorziare nel 1952.
Nel 1958 incontrò il barone del petrolio W. Howard Lee che era sposato con Edy Lamarr dal 1953 e dopo il suo divorzio lo sposò nel 1960 trasferendosi a Houston.
Fu in questo periodo che si appassionò al bridge divenendo un'esperta giocatrice.
Rimasta vedova nel 1981, morì di enfisema polmonare dieci anni più tardi poco prima di compiere i 71 anni. è probabile che la gran quantità di sigarette che consumava ogni giorno abbia aggravato la sua malattia e anticipato la sua scomparsa.
Al 6125 dell'Hollywood Boulevard una stella la ricorda nella Walk of Fame di Hollywood.
Gene Tierney (Brooklyn 1920 – Huston 1991) was an American film and stage actress. Discovered by Darryl F Zanuck. She is probably best-remembered for her performance in the title role of Laura (1944) and her Academy Award-nominated performance for Best Actress in Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Other notable roles include Martha Strable Van Cleve in Heaven Can Wait (1943), Isabel Bradley Maturin in The Razor's Edge (1946), Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Ann Sutton in Whirlpool (1949), Maggie Carleton McNulty in The Mating Season (1951) and Anne Scott in The Left Hand of God (1955).
Tierney married twice, first to costume and fashion designer Oleg Cassini on 1941. She and Cassini had two daughters, Antoinette Daria Cassini (born 1943) and Christina "Tina" Cassini (born 1948). Costume designer is a cinema term which refers to a person whose responsibility is to design costumes for a movie or stage production.
Oleg Cassini (1913 - 2006) was an American fashion designer noted for being chosen by Jacqueline Kennedy to design her state wardrobe in the 1960s.
In June 1943, while pregnant with her first daughter, she contracted German measles during her only appearance at the Hollywood Canteen. Daria was born prematurely in Washington, D.C., weighing only 3 pounds, 2 ounces and requiring a total blood transfusion. Because of Tierney's illness, Daria was also deaf, partially blind with cataracts, and had severe mental retardation.
Tierney's grief over the tragedy led to many years of depression and may have begun her bi-polar disorder. Some time after the tragedy surrounding her daughter Daria's birth, Tierney learned from a fan who approached her for an autograph at a Tennis party that the woman, then a member of the women's branch of the Marine Corps, had sneaked out of quarantine while sick with German measles to meet Tierney, at her Hollywood Canteen appearance. Rubella (also known as epidemic roseola, German measles or three-day measles) is a disease caused by the Rubella virus.
In her autobiography, Tierney related that after the woman had recounted her story, she just stared at her silently, then turned and walked away. She wrote, "After that I didn't care whether ever again I was anyone's favorite actress." Biographers have theorized that Agatha Christie used this real life tragedy as the basis of her plot for The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side.
Tierney separated from Cassini, challenged by the marital stress of Daria's condition, but they later reconciled and had a second daughter, Tina. During her separation, Tierney had two romances. The first was with Tyrone Power, her co-star in The Razor's Edge. That came to an end in the spring of 1946. During the filming of Dragonwyck, she met a young John F. Kennedy who was visiting the set. They began a romance that ended the following year, when Kennedy told her he could never marry her because of his political ambitions. Tierney then reconciled with Cassini, but they were divorced on 1952.
In 1958, she met Texas oil baron W. Howard Lee, who was married to Hedy Lamarr from 1953 to 1960.
Tierney and Lee were married in Aspen on 1960 and lived in Houston. She loved life in Texas with Lee and became an expert bridge player.
On 1981, she was widowed when Lee died after a long illness. Tierney died in 1991 shortly before her 71st birthday, of emphysema in Houston, Texas.
She had started smoking after a screening of her first movie to lower her voice because "I sounded like an angry Minnie Mouse." She became a heavy smoker, which may have contributed to her death.
She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood.
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