|Born||Gene Eliza Tierney
November 19, 1920
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||November 6, 1991
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Cause of death
|Education||St. Margaret's School (Waterbury, Connecticut)
Unquowa School (Fairfield, Connecticut)
Brillantmont International School
Miss Porter's School
|Children||Antoinette Daria Cassini (1943–2010)
Christina Cassini (1948-2015)
Gene Eliza Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage actress. Acclaimed as a great beauty, she became established as a leading lady. Tierney was best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film Laura (1944), and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven (1945).
Tierney's 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 was born in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Howard Sherwood Tierney and Belle Lavina Taylor. She was named after a beloved uncle, who died young.[page needed] She had an elder brother, Howard Sherwood “Butch” Tierney, Jr., and a younger sister, Patricia “Pat” Tierney. Their father was a successful insurance broker of Irish descent, their mother a former physical education instructor.[page needed]
Tierney attended St. Margaret's School in Waterbury, Connecticut, and the Unquowa School in Fairfield. She published her first poem, entitled "Night", in the school magazine and wrote poetry occasionally throughout her life. Tierney played Jo in a student production of Little Women, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott.
Tierney spent two years in Europe, attending Brillantmont International School in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she learned to speak fluent French. She returned to the U.S. in 1938 and attended Miss Porter's School in Connecticut. On a trip to the West Coast, she visited Warner Bros. studios. Director Anatole Litvak, taken by the 17-year-old’s beauty, told her that she should become an actress. 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 in a higher social position.[page needed]
Tierney's society debut occurred on September 24, 1938, when she was 17 years old.[page needed] Soon bored with society life, she decided to pursue an acting career. Her 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 New York with Broadway director and actor Benno Schneider. She became a protégée of Broadway producer-director George Abbott.
In Tierney's first role on Broadway, she carried a bucket of water across the stage in What a Life! (1938). A Variety magazine critic declared, "Miss Tierney is certainly the most beautiful water carrier I've ever seen!" She also worked as an understudy in The Primrose Path (1938).
The following year, she appeared in the role of Molly O'Day in the Broadway production Mrs. O'Brien Entertains (1939).[page needed] The New York Times critic Brooks Atkinson wrote, "As an Irish maiden fresh from the old country, Gene Tierney in her first stage performance is very pretty and refreshingly modest."[page needed] That same year, Tierney appeared as Peggy Carr in Ring Two (1939) to favorable reviews. Theater critic Richard Watts, Jr. of the New York Herald Tribune wrote, "I see no reason why Miss Tierney should not have an interesting theatrical career – that is, if cinema does not kidnap her away."[page needed]
Tierney's father set up a corporation, Belle-Tier, to fund and promote her acting career. Columbia Pictures signed her to a six-month contract in 1939. She met Howard Hughes, who tried unsuccessfully to seduce her. From a well-to-do family herself, she was not impressed by his wealth.[page needed] Hughes eventually became a lifelong friend.
After a cameraman advised Tierney to lose a little weight, she wrote Harper's Bazaar magazine for a diet, which she followed for the next 25 years. Tierney was initially offered the lead role in National Velvet, but production was delayed.[page needed] When Columbia Pictures failed to find Tierney a project, she returned to Broadway and starred as Patricia Stanley to critical and commercial success in The Male Animal (1940). In The New York Times, Brooks Atkinson wrote, "Tierney blazes with animation in the best performance she has yet given".[page needed] She was the toast of Broadway before her 20th birthday. The Male Animal was a hit, and Tierney was featured in Life magazine. She was also photographed by Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and Collier's Weekly.[page needed]
Two weeks after The Male Animal opened, Darryl F. Zanuck, the head of 20th Century Fox, was rumored to have been in the audience. During the performance, he told an assistant to note Tierney's name. Later that night, Zanuck dropped by the Stork Club, where he saw a young lady on the dance floor. He told his assistant, "Forget the girl from the play. See if you can sign that one." It was Tierney. At first, Zanuck did not think she was the actress he had seen. Tierney was quoted (after the fact), saying: "I always had several different 'looks', a quality that proved useful in my career."[page needed]
Tierney signed with 20th Century-Fox[page needed] and her motion picture debut was in a supporting role as Eleanor Stone in Fritz Lang's western The Return of Frank James (1940), opposite Henry Fonda.
A small role as Barbara Hall followed in Hudson's Bay (1941) with Paul Muni. In what was a major year of work, Tierney co-starred as Ellie Mae Lester in John Ford's comedy Tobacco Road, and played the title role in Belle Starr, Zia in Sundown, and Victoria Charteris (Poppy Smith) in The Shanghai Gesture. In 1942, she played Eve in Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake, as well as the dual role of Susan Miller (Linda Worthington) in Rouben Mamoulian's screwball comedy film Rings on Her Fingers, and roles as Kay Saunders in Thunder Birds, and Miss Young in China Girl.
Receiving top billing in Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1943 comedy Heaven Can Wait, as Martha Strable Van Cleve, signaled an upward turn in Tierney's career, and her popularity increased. Tierney recalled during the production of Heaven Can Wait:
"Lubitsch was a tyrant on the set, the most demanding of directors. After one scene, which took from noon until five to get, I was almost in tears from listening to Lubitsch shout at me. The next day I sought him out, looked him in the eye, and said, 'Mr. Lubitsch, I'm willing to do my best but I just can't go on working on this picture if you're going to keep shouting at me.' 'I'm paid to shout at you', he bellowed. 'Yes', I said, 'and I'm paid to take it – but not enough.' After a tense pause, Lubitsch broke out laughing. From then on we got along famously."[page needed]
In 1944, Tierney starred in what became her most famous role: the title role in Otto Preminger's film noir Laura, opposite Dana Andrews. After playing Tina Tomasino in A Bell for Adano (1945), she played the jealous, narcissistic femme fatale Ellen Berent Harland, opposite Cornel Wilde, in the film version of the best-selling novel, Leave Her to Heaven by Ben Ames Williams. Her performance won her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (1945). This was 20th Century-Fox' most successful film of the 1940s. It was cited by acclaimed director Martin Scorsese as one of his favorite films of all time, and he assessed Tierney as one of the most underrated actresses of the Golden Era.
In 1946, Tierney starred as Miranda Wells in Dragonwyck, Joseph L. Mankiewicz' debut film as a director, along with Walter Huston and Vincent Price. That same year, she starred as Isabel Bradley, opposite Tyrone Power, in The Razor's Edge, an adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's novel of the same name. Her performance was critically praised.
Tierney played Lucy Muir in Mankiewicz's The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), opposite Rex Harrison. The following year, she co-starred again with Power, this time as Sara Farley in the successful screwball comedy That Wonderful Urge (1948). As the decade came to a close, Tierney reunited with Laura director Preminger to star as Ann Sutton in the classic film noir Whirlpool (1949), co-starring Richard Conte and José Ferrer. She gave memorable performances in two other films noirs (both in 1950) – Jules Dassin's Night and the City and Otto Preminger's Where the Sidewalk Ends.
In 1951, Tierney was loaned to Paramount Pictures, where she gave a memorable comic turn as Maggie Carleton in Mitchell Leisen's classic ensemble farce, The Mating Season, with John Lund, Thelma Ritter, and Miriam Hopkins.[page needed] That same year, she gave a tender performance as Midge Sheridan in the Warner Bros. film, Close to My Heart (1951), with Ray Milland. The film is about a couple trying to adopt a child.[page needed] Later in her career, she was reunited with Milland in Daughter of the Mind (1969).
After Tierney appeared opposite Rory Calhoun as Teresa in Way of a Gaucho (1952), her contract at 20th Century-Fox expired. That same year, she starred as Dorothy Bradford in Plymouth Adventure, opposite Spencer Tracy at MGM. She and Tracy had a brief affair during this time. Tierney played Marya Lamarkina opposite Clark Gable in Never Let Me Go (1953), filmed in England.[page needed]
Tierney remained in Europe to play Kay Barlow in United Artists' Personal Affair (1953). While in Europe, she began a romance with Prince Aly Khan, but their marriage plans met with fierce opposition from his father Aga Khan III.[page needed] Early in 1953, Tierney returned to the U.S. to co-star in film noir Black Widow (1954) as Iris Denver, with Ginger Rogers and Van Heflin.
With difficult events in her personal life, Tierney struggled for years with episodes of manic depression. In 1943, she gave birth to a daughter Daria who was deaf and mentally disabled, the result of a fan breaking out of rubella quarantine and infecting the pregnant Tierney while she volunteered at the Hollywood Canteen. In 1953, she suffered problems with concentration, which affected her film appearances. She dropped out of Mogambo and was replaced by Grace Kelly.[page needed] While playing Anne Scott in The Left Hand of God (1955), opposite Humphrey Bogart, Tierney became ill. Bogart had personal experience as he was close to a sister who suffered from mental illness, so during the production, he fed Tierney her lines and encouraged her to seek help.[page needed]
Tierney consulted a psychiatrist and was admitted to Harkness Pavilion in New York. Later, she went to The Institute of Living in Hartford, Connecticut. After some 27 shock treatments, intended to alleviate severe depression, Tierney fled the facility, but was caught and returned. She later became an outspoken opponent of shock treatment therapy, claiming it had destroyed significant portions of her memory.
In late December 1957, Tierney, from her mother's apartment in Manhattan, stepped onto a ledge 14 stories above ground and remained for about 20 minutes in what was considered a suicide attempt. Police were called, and afterwards Tierney's family arranged for her to be admitted to the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas. The following year, after treatment for depression, she was released. Afterwards, she worked as a sales girl in a local dress shop with hopes of integrating back into society, but she was recognized by a customer, resulting in sensational newspaper headlines.
Later in 1958, 20th Century-Fox offered Tierney a lead role in Holiday for Lovers (1959), but the stress upon her proved too great, so only days into production, she dropped out of the film and returned to Menninger for a time.
Tierney made a screen comeback in Advise and Consent (1962), co-starring with Franchot Tone.[page needed] A year later, she played Albertine Prine in Toys in the Attic, based on the play by Lillian Hellman. This was followed by the international production of Las cuatro noches de la luna llena, (Four Nights of the Full Moon - 1963), in which she starred with Dan Dailey. She received critical praise overall for her performances.
Tierney's career as a solid character actress seemed to be back on track as she played Jane Barton in The Pleasure Seekers (1964), but then she suddenly retired. She returned to star in the television movie Daughter of the Mind (1969) with Don Murray and Ray Milland. Her final performance was in the TV miniseries Scruples (1980).[page needed]
Tierney married two men, the first was Oleg Cassini, a costume and fashion designer, on June 1, 1941, with whom she eloped. Her parents opposed the marriage, as he was from a Russian-Italian family and born in Europe. She and Cassini had two daughters, Antoinette Daria Cassini (October 15, 1943 – September 11, 2010) and Christina "Tina" Cassini (November 19, 1948 – March 31, 2015), born after their first divorce.
In June 1943, while pregnant with Daria, Tierney contracted rubella (German measles), likely from a fan ill with the disease. Daria was born prematurely in Washington, D.C., weighing three pounds, two ounces (1.42 kg) and requiring a total blood transfusion. The rubella caused congenital damage: Daria was deaf, partially blind with cataracts, and severely mentally disabled. She was institutionalized for much of her life. This was partial inspiration for the Agatha Christie novel The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side.
Tierney and Cassini separated October 20, 1946 and entered into a property settlement agreement November 10, 1946. An uncontested divorce followed in California; their final divorce decree was dated March 13, 1948. The couple reconciled on August 19, 1948.
During their separation, Tierney met John F. Kennedy, a young veteran from WWII, who was visiting the set of Dragonwyck in 1946. They began a romance that she ended the following year after Kennedy told her he could never marry her because of his political ambitions. In 1960, Tierney sent Kennedy a note of congratulations on his victory in the presidential election.
Tierney remarried Cassini, but they divorced again on February 28, 1952. "Cassini promised in his 1952 divorce from Gene Tierney that he would write a will leaving both of his daughters half of his fortune". Cassini later bequeathed $500,000 in trust to Daria and $1,000,000 to Christina. Cassini and Tierney remained friends until her death in November 1991.
In 1958, Tierney met Texas oil baron W. Howard Lee, who had been married to actress Hedy Lamarr since 1953. Lee and Lamarr divorced in 1960 after a long battle over alimony, then Lee and Tierney married in Aspen, Colorado on July 11, 1960. They lived quietly in Houston, Texas and Florida until his death in 1981.
Tierney's autobiography, Self-Portrait, in which she candidly discusses her life, career and mental illness, was published in 1979.
Tierney's second husband W. Howard Lee died on February 17, 1981 after a long illness.
Tierney died of emphysema in 1991 in Houston. She is interred in Glenwood Cemetery in Houston. Tierney was survived by her daughters Daria and Christina. Daria, born with severe physical and mental disabilities incurred prenatally from her mother's bout with rubella, died on September 11, 2010, aged 66. Her lifetime of private care was originally set up and provided by Howard Hughes. She was interred beside her mother in Houston, Texas. Christina "Tina" Cassini [Belmont] was born on November 20, 1948. She had to fight for her part of Oleg's estate in court, and won over her stepmother Marianne Cassini, who had mismanaged everything. The judge faulted Marianne Cassini for how she carried out the will’s provision to create a trust for Daria’s care and then pocketed the balance [$387,696.] after Daria died in 2010. Tina died on March 31, 2015 of ovarian cancer in Paris, France.
Certain documents of Tierney's film-related material, personal papers, letters, etc., are held in the Wesleyan University Cinema Archives, to which scholars, media experts, and the public may have access.
|1938||What A Life!||Original Play, Comedy||Walk on, Water carrier||Abbott, GeorgeGeorge Abbott|
|1938||Primrose Path, TheThe Primrose Path||Original Play, Drama/Comedy||Understudy||Abbott, GeorgeGeorge Abbott|
|1939||Mrs O'Brien Entertains||Original Play, Comedy||Molly O'Day||Abbott, GeorgeGeorge Abbott|
|1939||Ring Two||Original Play, Comedy||Peggy Carr||Abbott, GeorgeGeorge Abbott|
|1940||Male Animal, TheThe Male Animal||Original Play, Comedy||Patricia Stanley||Shumlin, HermanHerman Shumlin|
|Year||Title||Role||Director||Other cast members||Notes|
|1940||Return of Frank James, TheThe Return of Frank James||Eleanor Stone||Lang, FritzFritz Lang||Henry Fonda||Technicolor|
|1941||Hudson's Bay||Barbara Hall||Pichel, IrvingIrving Pichel|
|1941||Tobacco Road||Ellie Mae Lester||Ford, JohnJohn Ford|
|1941||Belle Starr||Belle Starr||Cummings, IrvingIrving Cummings||
|1941||Sundown||Zia||Hathaway, HenryHenry Hathaway||Bruce Cabot|
|1941||Shanghai Gesture, TheThe Shanghai Gesture||Victoria Charteris aka
|von Sternberg, JosefJosef von Sternberg||Walter Huston|
|1942||Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake||Eve||Cromwell, JohnJohn Cromwell||Tyrone Power||Sepia tone (sequences)|
|1942||Rings on Her Fingers||Susan Miller (aka Linda Worthington)||Mamoulian, RoubenRouben Mamoulian||Henry Fonda|
|1942||Thunder Birds||Kay Saunders||Wellman, William A.William A. Wellman||Technicolor|
|1942||China Girl||Miss Haoli Young||Hathaway, HenryHenry Hathaway||George Montgomery|
|1943||Heaven Can Wait||Martha Strabel Van Cleve||Lubitsch, ErnstErnst Lubitsch||Don Ameche||Technicolor|
|1944||Laura||Laura Hunt||Preminger, OttoOtto Preminger|
|1945||Bell for Adano, AA Bell for Adano||Tina Tomasino||King, HenryHenry King||John Hodiak|
|1945||Leave Her to Heaven||Ellen Brent Harland||Stahl, John M.John M. Stahl||
|1946||Dragonwyck||Miranda Wells Van Ryn||Mankiewicz, Joseph L.Joseph L. Mankiewicz||
|1946||Razor's Edge, TheThe Razor's Edge||Isabel Bradley Maturin||Goulding, EdmundEdmund Goulding|
|1947||Ghost and Mrs. Muir, TheThe Ghost and Mrs. Muir||Lucy Muir||Mankiewicz, Joseph L.Joseph L. Mankiewicz|
|1948||Iron Curtain, TheThe Iron Curtain||Anna Gouzenko||Wellman, William A.William A. Wellman||Dana Andrews|
|1948||That Wonderful Urge||Sara Farley||Sinclair, Robert B.Robert B. Sinclair||Tyrone Power|
|1949||Whirlpool||Ann Sutton||Preminger, OttoOtto Preminger|
|1950||Night and the City||Mary Bristol||Dassin, JulesJules Dassin||Richard Widmark|
|1950||Where the Sidewalk Ends||Morgan Taylor (Payne)||Preminger, OttoOtto Preminger||Dana Andrews|
|1951||Mating Season, TheThe Mating Season||Maggie Carleton McNulty||Leisen, MitchellMitchell Leisen|
|1951||On the Riviera||Lili Duran||Lang, WalterWalter Lang||Danny Kaye||Technicolor|
|1951||Secret of Convict Lake, TheThe Secret of Convict Lake||Marcia Stoddard||Gordon, MichaelMichael Gordon||Glenn Ford|
|1951||Close to My Heart||Midge Sheridan||Keighley, WilliamWilliam Keighley||Ray Milland|
|1952||Way of a Gaucho||Teresa||Tourneur, JacquesJacques Tourneur||Rory Calhoun||Technicolor|
|1952||Plymouth Adventure||Dorothy Bradford||Brown, ClarenceClarence Brown||Technicolor|
|1953||Never Let Me Go||Marya Lamarkina||Daves, DelmerDelmer Daves||Clark Gable|
|1953||Personal Affair||Kay Barlow||Pelissier, AnthonyAnthony Pelissier|
|1954||Black Widow||Iris Denver||Johnson, NunnallyNunnally Johnson||Ginger Rogers||CinemaScope, Deluxe color|
|1954||Egyptian, TheThe Egyptian||Baketamon||Curtiz, MichaelMichael Curtiz||CinemaScope, Deluxe color|
|1955||Left Hand of God, TheThe Left Hand of God||Anne Scott||Dmytryk, EdwardEdward Dmytryk||Humphrey Bogart||CinemaScope, Deluxe color|
|1962||Advise and Consent||Dolly Harrison||Preminger, OttoOtto Preminger||Panavision|
|1963||Toys in the Attic||Albertine Prine||Hill, George RoyGeorge Roy Hill||Dean Martin|
|1963||Las cuatro noches de la luna llena||Martin, SobeySobey Martin||Dan Dailey||English title: Four Nights of the Full Moon|
|1964||Pleasure Seekers, TheThe Pleasure Seekers||Jane Barton||Negulesco, JeanJean Negulesco||Ann-Margret||CinemaScope, Deluxe color|
|Year||Title||Role||Other cast members||Notes|
|1947||The Sir Charles Mendl Show||Herself||Host: Sir Charles Mendl|
|1953||Toast of the Town||Herself||Host: Ed Sullivan||Episode #6.33|
|1954||26th Academy Awards||Herself||Host: Donald O'Connor, Fredric March||Presenter: Costume Design Awards|
|1957||What's My Line?||Herself||Host: John Charles Daly||Episode: August 25, Mystery guest|
|1960||General Electric Theater||Ellen Galloway||Host: Ronald Reagan||Episode: "Journey to a Wedding"|
|1969||F.B.I., TheThe F.B.I.||Faye Simpson||Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.||Episode: "Conspiracy of Silence"|
|1969||Daughter of the Mind||Lenore Constable||Ray Milland||TV movie|
|1974||Merv Griffin Show, TheThe Merv Griffin Show||Herself||Host: Merv Griffin|
|1979||Merv Griffin Show, TheThe Merv Griffin Show||Herself||Host: Merv Griffin|
|1980||Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, TheThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||Herself||Host: Johnny Carson|
|1980||Mike Douglas Show, TheThe Mike Douglas Show||Herself||Host: Mike Douglas|
|1980||Dinah!||Herself||Host: Dinah Shore|
|1980||Scruples||Harriet Toppington||Lindsay Wagner||TV Mini-series|
|1999||Biography||Herself (archive material)||Host: Peter Graves||"Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait", biographical documentary, March 26|
- "I don't think Howard [Hughes] could love anything that did not have a motor in it."
- "Joe Schenck, a top 20th Century-Fox executive, once said to me that he really believed I had a future, and that was because I was the only girl who could survive so many bad pictures." —quoted in The RKO Girls
- Tierney was ranked number 71 in Premiere Magazine's list of "The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars of All Time".
- When Grauman's Chinese Theatre resumed making cement handprints and footprints after World War II ended in 1945, Tierney was the first actress asked to add her handprint.
- A noted comedy routine between Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis involved Lewis (in boxing shorts and gear) stating that he's fighting Gene Tierney.
- In "House Arrest", a third-season episode of M*A*S*H*, the actors refer to Tierney's performance in Leave Her to Heaven.
- Tierney was featured as the heroine of a novel, Gene Tierney and the Invisible Wedding Gift (1947), written by Kathryn Heisenfelt.
- Agatha Christie is widely assumed to have based her 1962 novel The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side on the real-life German measles tragedy of Tierney and her baby, as the stories are virtually identical.
- Severo, Richard (1991-11-08). "Gene Tierney, 70, Star of 'Laura' And 'Leave Her to Heaven', Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
- "Tierney emerged as a leading lady of equal beauty and depth...Tierney attained a strata of celebrity that put her on par with fellow sirens Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner and Ava Gardner". Turner Classics Movies
- Michelle Vogel, Gene Tierney: A Biography 2005. Quote: "Called the most beautiful woman in movie history, Gene Tierney starred in a number of 1940s classics, including Laura, Leave Her to Heaven and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir."
- Self-Portrait. Tierney and Herskowitz (1979). Wyden Books. pp. 1, 9-10, 14, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25-26, 27, 33, 36, 38, 65-66, 91, 97, 101, 119, 131, 133, 141-42, 144, 150-51, 164-65, 192-192, 207.
- "Debutante Gene Tierney Makes Her Entrance In A Broadway Success", Life Magazine, February 19, 1940. Vol 8, No. 8, p. 25.
- Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait, The Biography Channel, March 26, 1999 interview with Gene Tierney's sister Patricia.
- Martin Scorsese discusses Leave Her to Heaven at the 45th New York Film Festival on YouTube
- Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait. The Biography Channel, March 26, 1999 interview with film scholar Jeanine Basinger.
- Osborne (2006). Chronicle Books. Leading Ladies. p. 195.
- "Biography". Gene Tierney The Official Web Site. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- Kent Demaret, "Gene Tierney Began Her Trip Back from Madness on a Ledge 14 Floors Above the Street", People, 7 May 1979, accessed 21 January 2014
- Hedda, Hopper (April 9, 1948). "Gene Tierney and Mate Reconciled". Los Angeles Times. p. 2.
- "Courthouse NewsService". Courthousenews.com. 2010-02-18. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- Crowley, Kieran (2009-12-21). "Oleg Cassini's daughters from marriage to Gene Tierney take step toward getting a large piece of the designer's estate". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- "W. Howard Lee". The New York Times. 1981-08-18. Retrieved 2007-11-21.
- Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait, The Biography Channel. March 26, 1999.
- "Cinema Archives". Wesleyan University. Retrieved October 7, 2010.
- "The 100 Sexiest Movie Stars of All Time - 71. Gene Tierney". premiere.com. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
Tierney, a classic beauty, may at first seem too elegant to be a sex symbol, but her Oscar-nominated performance as the femme fatale in Leave Her to Heaven firmly established her sexy cred. Plus, Tierney owned her look. She didn't let studio executives mess with her hair color or length, and refused to fix a slight overbite, earning extra sexy points for confidence.
- Gene Tierney: A Shattered Portrait, The Biography Channel. March 26, 1999
- "Whitman Authorized Editions for Girls".
- Cassini, Oleg (1987). In My Own Fashion: An Autobiography. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-671-62640-X.
- Devillers, Marceau (1987). Gene Tierney: A Biography. Pygmalion/G.Watelel. ISBN 2-85704-230-2.
- Merigeau, Pascal (1987). Gene Tierney: A Biography. Paris. ISBN 2-85601-174-8.
- Tierney, Gene with Mickey Herskowitz (1979). Self-Portrait. Peter Wyden. ISBN 0-88326-152-9.
- Vogel, Michelle (2005). Gene Tierney: A Biography. McFarland & Company. ISBN 0-7864-2035-9.
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