I finished “Gene Tierney – Self Portrait” on Friday. Wow. What a life she had. Movies, movies, movies. Married to Oleg Cassini amidst everyone’s protest, dating Jack Kennedy and Aly Khan, two daughters – one of whom was institutionalized as a very young child for mental retardation and her own mental breakdowns and stints in mental institutions. 32 Shock therapy treatments!
This is the “painting” from her most famous movie, “Laura” for which she received an academy award nomination. It was interesting to read that it’s actually a painted over photograph as Otto Preminger didn’t like the original painting done by the wife of the director that he’d just fired. Drama, drama, drama in Hollywoodland! I was so excited when my hubby found the movie for $5.00 in a film noir collection at Walmart. I was not as excited about the movie as I had hoped. On the other hand, I am still in love with “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” and I want to see her other movies if I can find them. She seemed a very candid and caring person.
Her second daughter Christina Cassini Belmont wrote a biography of her that I’d like to track down and read as well. For now I’m going to get a headstart on the August read, “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. I’ve tried it before and I’m hoping I get into it this time.