The face in the misty light...

Gene Tierney (1920-91) starred in one of the greatest noir films ever made - LAURA (1944) - and co-starred in others including LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1945) as a scheming femme fatale, and NIGHT AND THE CITY (1950) as Richard Widmark’s adoring lady friend. Had she never made any other films her fame would have been assured. Gene Eliza Tierney was born in Brooklyn. Visiting Hollywood in 1938, she was told by a Warner Bros. executive that she should become an actress. She was offered a contract, but her parents advised against it because of the low salary. Back in New York, she worked on Broadway and as a photographic model back in New York. Then she signed a six-month contract with Columbia, but when no projects were forthcoming, she returned to the New York stage and soon became the toast of Broadway. All this success came before her 20th birthday! Finally, Tierney made her screen debut - in THE RETURN OF FRANK JAMES (1940) opposite Henry Fonda. In '41, she starred in TOBACCO ROAD and SUNDOWN. Then she got top billing in Ernst Lubitsch's classic 1943 comedy HEAVEN CAN WAIT, after which her popularity increased. In 1944, at the tender age of 22, she starred as Laura Hunt, the intended murder victim in Otto Preminger's masterful mystery. Other films would follow, including THE LEFT HAND OF GOD (1955), a story set in China in which she plays a nurse who falls in love with a soldier of fortune posing as a priest (Humphrey Bogart).


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