Muses

Gene Tierney (1920 - 1991)

The American actress was the daughter of a wealthy New York family destined to embrace a placid society life. However, not enthusiastic about this future existence, Giene Tierney decided to become an actress who rapidly starred on Broadway stages. In 1940, she signed with 20th Century Fox with a first role in Fritz Lang’s western, The Return of Frank James. In 1943, she met with great success in Ernst Lubitsch’s comedy, Heaven Can Wait, before starring in her most popular role, in Otto Preminger’s film, Laura. In the beginning of the 1950s, the actress is worried about her unstable mental health and is admitted in a psychiatric institution. She underwent shock treatments which she claimed had destroyed significant portions of her memory. She made a significant comeback in the 1960s and made two TV appearances in the 1980s. The beautiful woman ‘with the Mona Lisa smile’ was a hieratic, porcelain-like figure on screen while her personal life proved to be cruel: her mental illness due to depression was caused by her unhappy love affairs and the birth of her badly handicapped child.

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Portrait of Gene Tierney and Ona Munson in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney and Ona Munson in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946. Photo by Walter Sanders
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946. Photo by Walter Sanders
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946. Photo by Walter Sanders
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946. Photo by Walter Sanders
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946. Photo by Walter Sanders
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946. Photo by Walter Sanders
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Gene Tierney and Vincent Price in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Clifton Webb and Gene Tierney  in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Clifton Webb and Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Gene Tierney on the set of On the Riviera directed by Walter Lang, 1951
Gene Tierney on the set of On the Riviera directed by Walter Lang, 1951
Portrait of Gene Tierney in On the Riviera directed by Walter Lang, 1951
Portrait of Gene Tierney in On the Riviera directed by Walter Lang, 1951
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Sundown directed by Henry Hathaway, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Sundown directed by Henry Hathaway, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney, Victor Mature and Phyllis Brooks in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney, Victor Mature and Phyllis Brooks in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Sundown directed by Henry Hathaway, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Sundown directed by Henry Hathaway, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Thunder Birds directed by William A. Wellman, 1942
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Thunder Birds directed by William A. Wellman, 1942
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Tobacco Road directed by John Ford, 1940
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Tobacco Road directed by John Ford, 1940
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Gene Tierney and Victor Mature in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Gene Tierney and Victor Mature in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Laura/Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Laura/Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Sundown directed by Henry Hathaway, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Sundown directed by Henry Hathaway, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Sundown directed by Henry Hathaway, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Sundown directed by Henry Hathaway, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney and Ona Munson in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney and Ona Munson in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney in The secret of convict lake directed by Michael Gordon, 1951
Portrait of Gene Tierney in The secret of convict lake directed by Michael Gordon, 1951
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941. Photo by Peter Stackpole
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941. Photo by Peter Stackpole
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Shanghai Gesture directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1941
Don Arenche and Gene Tierney in Heaven Can Wait directed by Ernst Lubitsch, 1943
Don Arenche and Gene Tierney in Heaven Can Wait directed by Ernst Lubitsch, 1943
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Heaven Can Wait directed by Ernst Lubitsch, 1943
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Heaven Can Wait directed by Ernst Lubitsch, 1943
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven directed by John M. Stahl, 1945
Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven directed by John M. Stahl, 1945
Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven directed by John M. Stahl, 1945
Gene Tierney in Leave Her to Heaven directed by John M. Stahl, 1945
Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Leave Her to Heaven directed by John M. Stahl, 1945
Gene Tierney and Cornel Wilde in Leave Her to Heaven directed by John M. Stahl, 1945
Gene Tierney on the set up of Leave Her to Heaven directed by John M. Stahl, 1945
Gene Tierney on the set up of Leave Her to Heaven directed by John M. Stahl, 1945
Vincent Price and Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946
Vincent Price and Gene Tierney in Dragonwyck directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1946
Portrait of Gene Tierney in The Razor's Edge directed by Edmund  Goulding, 1946
Portrait of Gene Tierney in The Razor's Edge directed by Edmund Goulding, 1946
Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947
Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947
Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947
Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947
George Sanders and Gene Tierney in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947
George Sanders and Gene Tierney in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947
Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947
Gene Tierney and Rex Harrison in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1947
Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power in That Wonderful Urge directed by Robert B. Sinclair, 1948
Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power in That Wonderful Urge directed by Robert B. Sinclair, 1948
José Ferrer and Gene Tierney in Whirlpool directed by Otto Preminger, 1949
José Ferrer and Gene Tierney in Whirlpool directed by Otto Preminger, 1949
Richard Conte and Gene Tierney in Whirlpool directed by Otto Preminger, 1949
Richard Conte and Gene Tierney in Whirlpool directed by Otto Preminger, 1949
Gene Tierney in Whirlpool directed by Otto Preminger, 1949
Gene Tierney in Whirlpool directed by Otto Preminger, 1949
Portrait of Richard Widmark and Gene Tierney in Night and the City directed by Jules Dassin, 1950
Portrait of Richard Widmark and Gene Tierney in Night and the City directed by Jules Dassin, 1950
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Never let me Go directed by Delmer Daves, 1953
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Never let me Go directed by Delmer Daves, 1953
Portrait of Gene Tierney by George Hurrell, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney by George Hurrell, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney by Horst P. Horst, 1940
Portrait of Gene Tierney by Horst P. Horst, 1940
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Black Widow directed by Nunnally Johnson, 1954
Portrait of Gene Tierney in Black Widow directed by Nunnally Johnson, 1954
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Clark Gable and Gene Tierney, 1953
Clark Gable and Gene Tierney, 1953
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney  by Benno Graziani in the  Bal du siècle by Carlos de Beistegui in Palazzo Labia, Venice, 1951
Portrait of Gene Tierney by Benno Graziani in the Bal du siècle by Carlos de Beistegui in Palazzo Labia, Venice, 1951
Oleg Cassini and Gene Tierney, 1948
Oleg Cassini and Gene Tierney, 1948
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Oleg Cassini and Gene Tierney, 1946
Oleg Cassini and Gene Tierney, 1946
Portrait of Gene Tierney for  Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney for Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney for  Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Portrait of Gene Tierney for Laura directed by Otto Preminger, 1944
Gene Tierney in Never let me Go directed by Delmer Daves, 1953
Gene Tierney in Never let me Go directed by Delmer Daves, 1953
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney by John Rawlings, March 11, 1946
Portrait of Gene Tierney by John Rawlings, March 11, 1946
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Gene Tierney in Never let me Go directed by Delmer Daves, 1953
Gene Tierney in Never let me Go directed by Delmer Daves, 1953
Gene Tierney and her sister, Patricia, 1940's
Gene Tierney and her sister, Patricia, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1945
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1945
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
Portrait of Gene Tierney, 1940's
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