Motion Picture magazine, 1943

CLOSE-UP OF GENE  TIERNEY -- Our Cover Girl (p.2)

There's that sex again. "I was in a bad mood that night," says Gene. "He talked to me, but I didn't pay any attention to what he was saying. Then we danced. I wasn't in a bad mood any longer."
He told her she was a lady, the only lady he had met in Hollywood. The romance was on. Later, despite objections, she eloped to Las Vegas and married him. There's that get again.
They have a young daughter, Daria. They have many pet names for each other.

He designs many of her clothes, but their tastes differ in some ways. He likes bright, flamboyant colors. She likes simple, conservative ones. He likes to see her dressed smartly, always. She often prefers slacks and shorts. She has been named one of America's best dressed women.

Her pet aversions are loo much jew-elry, heavy nail polish and shoulder pads.
"They make women look like football
players," she claims. Her husband has
remarked that "a perfectly dressed
woman is one who looks beautiful even
though you can't quite remember what
she wore." She agrees.
Her big hate is jitterbugging. She con-siders this undignified. She also has an
aversion to being called dearie, buddy,
pal and honey. She writes poetry secretly, and when her husband is especially nice to her, she lets him read it.
When she was a youngster she used
to write herself moody letters telling herself what was wrong with her. She'd get angry with herself and write to herself about it. She now tries to write scenarios.
She says they all sound like a picture
Betty Grable made.

She has an expert cook, but in a pinch
she can do the cooking herself. She
couldn't even boil water until she became an Army wife and resided at Junction City, near Fort Riley, to be with her husband. He taught her how to cook.
Her favorite dish is spaghetti with a
special kind of meat sauce.
Gene would rather eat sea food than anything else, especially lobster. She seldom drinks or smokes.
She is a great organizer. Her household
runs according to schedule. She likes to
work out schedules for everything she
does. She is very methodical, yet, contra-dictory, she loves to do things on the
spur of the moment.
She goes out a great deal socially, but
not often to night clubs. As for enter-taining, she frequently has small dinner
parties. Their best friends are the Johnny
Maschios, the Gary Coopers and the
David Selznicks. She likes to clown at
these parties and make people laugh.

She has a couple of hobbies— antiques and photography. Her house is furnished in early American, and she loves to frequent antique shops in and around Los Angeles. She seldom carries money with her and often has to borrow from people.
She is a prompt payer-backer.
She plays a fair game of tennis, and
her favorite relaxation is sitting in the
sun. She can stay in the sun for hours,
and she generally has one of the best sun tans of any actress.
She loves the smell of gasoline and paint.
She is extremely careful about the
house and hates to waste anything. She is always looking for a bargain. She is fond of animals. She once owned a rabbit given to her by a magician. But rabbits have habits.
When she is working she goes to bed
early. Saturday night is her night out.
She likes to go to the movies.

She is like any movie fan and has her favorites. She keeps a list of the leading men she wants to play opposite in pictures. Tyrone Power, Paul Muni, Henry Fonda and Randolph Scott have been checked off. But Charles Boyer, Spencer Tracy and
Jimmy Stewart remain on the list un-checked. She says she is still amazed when she sees herself on the screen.
She gets up at about 5 every morning, especially when working. Sunday is her day to sleep late. She can't stand the idea of breakfast in bed. A bed, she'll say, is no place to eat.
She is very exacting about her bed. She loves a big bed, and their bed was built in the bedroom especially for them. The carpenter and cabinetmaker decided, after reading her specifications for the bed she wanted, that it was easier to build
it in the room than knock down walls and doors to get it in after it was built.
She recently moved to a new house in Holmby Hills. She decorated it and furnished it herself.
She would like to play comedy in pictures, and she would like to make a picture in France.
She admits that she is inclined to be jealous of her husband and her best friends, but won't let it get the best of her.
She likes to sleep in a different sort of garment almost every night. She dresses for bed. Sometimes she'll wear pajamas and sometimes a nightgown. Her husband designs her nightgowns and pajamas.
She has a system for never staying angry with her husband. There is a room, next to the bedroom, which they privately
call the Mad Room. If one gets angry with the other, he or she must go into this room. The Mad Room is decorated with photographs of themselves in loving poses and a phonograph with their favorite records. They have never remained angry with each other for very long.

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