- Hardcover: 227 pages
- Publisher: Wyden Books; 1st edition (April 1, 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0883261529
- ISBN-13: 978-0883261521
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Self-Portrait Hardcover – April 1, 1979
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Top Customer Reviews
It's at times a searingly honest recounting of her breakdowns, irrational fears and paranoia, and experiences in mental institutions, the book opening with her on a ledge in New York contemplating suicide.
Gene Tierney was one of the most beautiful actresses to grace the screen, one whose career was really on fire through the mid 40's and she had a very interesting and at times confrontingly tragic life. Just as a historical document alone, this is a fascinating read, as she had a privileged upbringing in the 20's, lived through the depression, the Golden Age of Hollywood, the Second World War, and has interesting anecdotes about a huge array of big names, all of which crossed her path at some point. She also dated men like Howard Hughes, Prince Aly Khan and John F Kennedy and talks in detail about all three.
But ultimately this book works as lessons on life and living; on love, on romance, on trying to fathom reality and what's important. She had many successes and many heartbreaks in her life but overall, somewhere deep down, (and with the love of others) she had a will to keep going, to keep trying to make sense, to keep seeking to find happiness.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Im a fan of Gene Tierney so it was a natural I would love the bookPublished 10 months ago by Scott Becker
Very good condition with shocking revelations about Miss Tierney's life, great read.Published 10 months ago by Barbara Simon
I usually approach celebrity autobiographies with a great deal of trepidation. Most of these people come off as whiny, self-centered and/or narcissistic. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laura E.
a very candid self portrait of significant mental illness and her courage to pull herself out of it - and much of the gossipy hollywood anecdotes are enjoyable - she sound as if... Read morePublished 17 months ago by reader sam
Gene Tierney is one of my favorite actresses of all times. She was a beautiful lady. I am just so sorry she suffered so. A good book about her life.Published 20 months ago by nancy myers
Loved Gene in the movie A Bell for Adano. A beauty in my eyes. The book took me through her life, Richard.Published 20 months ago by R. A. Menard
People tend to want to see someone who is a great beauty, as being flawless. But Gene Tierney is very forthright about her mental illness I admire and respect her as an actress and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by K.L.H
This book is a must for any Gene Tierney fan or anyone who is a fan of Golden Day's of Hollywood.. I also thin kdoes who suffer from mental illness can relate to Mrs. Read morePublished 22 months ago by InSun Beatty
All Gene Tierney fans should own this book. One of the most beautiful actresses of our time.
The movies Laura and The Ghost and Mrs. Read more