Gene Tierney

Gene Tierney

Darryl F. Zanuck, founder of 20th Century Fox, said she was unquestionably the most beautiful woman in movie history.

Howard Hughes provided the funds for her retarded daughter's medical care.

Daughter, Antoinette Daria Cassini, was born in Washington, D.C., on 15th October 1943.

Despite her earlier romance with John F. Kennedy during the Forties, she voted for Richard Nixon in 1960 instead. She did send JFK a congratulatory note when he was elected president, however.

Discovered she was expecting daughter Daria while filming Heaven Can Wait (1943). Began filming Laura (1944), after returning from her maternity leave.

Ex-sister-in-law of Igor Cassini.

Fox offered Gene a lead role in Holiday for Lovers (1959) following her rehabilitation therapy. However, the stress proved too great and she was forced to leave the production.

Gave her name as "Gene Eliza Taylor Tierney" upon her marriage to Oleg Cassini in Las Vegas.

Had her share of love affairs during her Hollywood reign, including a notorious one with John F. Kennedy, whom she met while filming Dragonwyck (1946). Kennedy broke it up because of his political aspirations. She also had dalliances with Tyrone Power during production of The Razor's Edge (1946) and with Prince Aly Khan in the early 1950s.

Her first daughter was born mentally retarded because Gene had contracted rubella (aka German measles) during her only appearance at the Hollywood Canteen. This served as the uncredited inspiration for the plot of the 1962 Agatha Christie novel and later movie The Mirror Crack'd (1980).

Her mother was Belle Taylor a gymnastics teacher. Her father was an Irishman named Howard Tierney who served in World War I. Her older brother is named Howard Junior and her younger sister is named Pat.

In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by either Lidia Simoneschi and Rina Morelli (most notably Laura (1944) and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947)). She was also dubbed by Miranda Bonansea in The Return of Frank James (1940); Rosetta Calavetta in Sundown (1941) and Paola Barbara in Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942).

Interred at Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Texas, USA.

Measurements: 35B-25-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

MGM offered her the lead in National Velvet (1944) but when the production was delayed, she instead signed with Fox.

No relation to actress Maura Tierney.

Received extensive shock treatment in the 1950s while battling her mental instability.

Second husband, Howard Lee, was originally married to Hedy Lamarr before he married Tierney.

She appeared in five films with Dana Andrews: Tobacco Road (1941), Belle Starr (1941), Laura (1944), The Iron Curtain (1948) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950).

Spoke fluent French.