Saturday, November 19, 2011

Gene Tierney

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Actress Gene Tierney was born on November 19, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. Acclaimed as one of the great beauties of her day, she is 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). Her film debut was in a supporting role as Eleanor Stone in The Return of Frank James (1940) and followed by Hudson's Bay (1941). In 1944, she starred in what became her most famous role: the intended murder victim, Laura Hunt, in Otto Preminger’s, Laura, opposite Dana Andrews. During 1953, Tierney's mental health problems were becoming harder to hide and her long string of personal troubles finally took its toll. She consulted a psychiatrist and was admitted to Harkness Hospital and received 27 shock treatments. Tierney attempted to flee but was caught and returned. She became an outspoken opponent of shock treatment therapy, claiming that it had destroyed significant portions of her memory. Gene Tierney died on November 6, 1991 from emphysema and was buried at Glenwood Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

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