I'm surprised how few people these days recognize Gene Tierney. She was a pretty popular actress back in the day. She was probably at the top of her game during the 1940's - appearing in films such as The Razor's Edge and Laura. Most folks who do recognize her, usually remember seeing her in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, where she starred in the title role along side Rex Harrison.
p>Ms. Tierney continued to make moves up through the 1960s.
Just because you're beautiful and successful, though, doesn't make you immune from life's problems.
In 1943, Gene appeared at an autograph signing event in Hollywood and was exposed by a fan to the disease Rubella. She was pregnant with her first child at the time, and the disease caused her to give birth prematurely. Her daughter suffered major physical problems due to the illness, that included being severely retarded. It is thought that this traumatic event brought on years of depression and may have contributed to Ms. Tierney suffering from Bi-Polar Disorder.
Her mental condition continued to deteriorate until, on the advice of then co-star Humphrey Bogart, she checked herself into an institution in 1955. While there, she was administered 27 shock therapy treatments... She even tried to escape at one point, but was returned to the hospital. After her release, she became an outspoken advocate against shock therapy.
Ms. Tierney eventually found happiness with her second husband. She passed away in Texas in 1991.