Hollywood's Mona Lisa
yes. Enigmatic, yes. Never to be forgotten, yes.
Gene Tierney first caught movie fans’ attention with her natural
in “Tobacco Road” when she was twenty-one years old in 1941,
then for playing exotics in movies such as “Shanghai Gesture,”
“Son of Fury,” and “China Girl.” Because of
her high cheekbones and eyes that make-up artists could look slanty,
early in her career she was typecast as an Oriental, as Myrna Loy had
been in many of her early films. But also like that equally beautiful
and very talented actress, after a few years Tierney broke free of the
exotic Asian stereotype and held our attention
as "Laura," then in "Leave
Her to Heaven," "The Razor’s Edge,"
and "The Ghost
and Mrs. Muir."