On this day: Gene Tierney dies

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American film and stage actress Gene Tierney died on the 6th of November, 1991. Born in 1920, she was days from her seventy-first birthday when she died of emphysema.

Known both for her beauty and her acting ability, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Leave Her to Heaven (1945).

Like too any people of her era, her death was caused by a lifetime of smoking. Unlike many others, the reason she took up smoking was in an attempt to deepen her voice. “I sound like an angry Minnie Mouse,” she claimed as the reason.

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One thought on “On this day: Gene Tierney dies

  1. mrbflaneur says:

    I don’t think I’ve seen “Leave Her to Heaven”, but “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” is an old favourite of mine.

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