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Self-Portrait Hardcover – April 1, 1979

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Product Details

  • 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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By Jennifer E. Williams on February 23, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love this book. Gene Tierney tells her story and comes acrossas a brave and intelligent woman. She speaks candidly about hermental illness, her marriages, her family. Poor Gene...her first daughter was born retarded and had to be institutionalized. Her first marriage fell apart and she lost her grip on her sanity, but she bounced back. She married Howard Lee and her second child (by first husband Oleg Cassini) was born healthy. Today Gene might not be a household name, but she should be...if you read this book you will see why. Great book beginning to end!
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When I asked Amazon to locate this book for me it was as a result of watching Biography on A & E. After presenting their program on Gene Tierney, they told viewers about the book. I was extremely pleased that Amazon located a copy for me even though it was out of print. Not only was I pleased to obtain the book but I was extremely pleased with its content. I have been a fan of Miss Tierney since first seeing her in movies. I especially liked "Laura" and "Leave Her to Heaven" and have videos of both. But nothing can compare with the intimate details she revealed in her life story and I shall treasure the book always. Unfortunately she was swept up in the dark side of the motion picture industry where she was taken advantage of in so many ways. Although we, her fans, were cheated when she retired from motion pictures so soon, I cannot help but feel she did the right thing by turning her back on the sad memories brought about during those years and seeking a happier life. The book ranks high on the list of treasures in my personal library.
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Called the most beautiful woman in movie history by Darryl Zanuck (founder of 20th Century Fox), actress Gene Tierney also proves herself a good and insightful writer with this accomplished "self-portrait". I purchased this on a whim in an antique store, and have read it several times. I appreciate her honesty regarded her psychological problems and the fun tidbits about Hollywood life in the 1940s. It's unfortunate that the name Gene Tierney is so unfamiliar these days. She was a talented actress and writer, and I enjoy her work very much.
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I got this book because I am very interested in manic depression (or bipolar disorder) and I knew Gene Tierney had gone through the illness. My purchasing this book also had to do with my admiring Miss Tierney as an actress, for giving astounding performances in films like "Leave Her to Heaven". What I found was not only a fascinating read written by an honest and courageous lady, but also a very well written account of a victim of MD. I learned many things from this book and I must say, Miss Tierney was extremely honest, chose her words well, and most of all, wrote about famous celebrities like her former husband Oleg Cassini as well as former boyfriend John Kennedy without showing any negative feelings towards them. She writes with such class and frankness, making this a must for every fan of her work.
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It's a shame that this book is out of print, as it is a very brave autobiography by a remarkable woman. Gene Tierney, one of the most stunning-looking actresses to come out of the Hollywood studio system, had a bright and privileged start in life, and made many high-quality--and a handful of true classic--motion pictures, but her middle life was beset by tragedy, divorce and mental illness. She holds little back in this book, and includes details of her 30-some-odd electroshock treatments, her daughter's mental retardation, her many affairs (with some surprisingly well-known names, including Howard Hughes and John Kennedy), and her hard-found happiness in her later years. Tierney writes simply but effectively, and the net effect is a picture of a courageous woman fighting against the odds and winning. Highly recommended for all fans of the actress and old-timey movies in general.
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This book is told by Gene Tierney herself. She tells about her childhood through her later years living in Houston, Texas. She lived an exciting life but paid the price for it with many terrible tragedies. She shares her deep, dark secrets of her life. It is an extremely wonderful book. I am a huge fan of Gene Tierney. You must read this book. You will not be able to put it down!
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For any fan of Ms Tierney, this is essential reading. She writes (with the assistance of a co-author admittedly) with great class and tact, refusing to be overly negative or critical of anyone, nor sensationalist. The book is a nice easy read that's a page-turner.

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.
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