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.