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I'm not sure I can explain the nature of Jack Kennedy's charm,
by Gene Tierney

I'm not sure I can explain the nature of Jack Kennedy's charm,
but he took life just as it came.
- Gene Tierney

I followed the same diet for 20 years,
eliminating starches, living on salads,
lean meat, and small portions.
- Gene Tierney

It is difficult to write about any form of mental disease,
especially your own, without sounding as if you were
examining a bug under glass.
- Gene Tierney

I learned quickly at Columbia that the only eye that
mattered was the one on the camera.
- Gene Tierney

 

Unlike the stage, I never found it helpful to be good in a bad movie.
- Gene Tierney

Rehearsals and screening rooms are often unreliable
because they can't provide the chemistry between an
audience and what appears on the stage or screen.
- Gene Tierney

Trying to make order out of my life was like trying to pick up a jellyfish.
- Gene Tierney

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Some women feel the best cure for a broken heart is a new beau.
- Gene Tierney

I have a role now that I think becomes me.
I am a grandmother.
- Gene Tierney

For years it never occurred to me to question the judgment
of those in charge at the studio.
- Gene Tierney

I am not the kind of woman who excuses her mistakes
while reminding us of what used to be.
- Gene Tierney

I was plunged into what was known as the debutante social whirl.
This was one of the ways fathers justified their own
hard work and sacrifices.
- Gene Tierney

What a different world it was when I first sailed for Europe in 1930,
with my mother, sister, and brother to spend six months abroad.
- Gene Tierney

About my career I was serious and earnest,
sometimes impatient.
- Gene Tierney

Day after day, I spent long afternoons in the talent pool,
being told how to walk, how to talk,
how to sit.
- Gene Tierney

It was the fashion of the time, still is,
to feel that all actors are neurotic,
or they would not be actors.
- Gene Tierney

Men are wonderful.
I adore them.
They always give you the benefit of the doubt.
- Gene Tierney

The Howard Hughes I knew began to change after his plane crash in 1941.
- Gene Tierney

The main cause of my difficulties stemmed from the
tragedy of my daughter's unsound birth and my inability to face my feelings.
- Gene Tierney

Houses are one of my passions.
I probably should have been an interior decorator.
- Gene Tierney

I was not cut out to be a rebel.
- Gene Tierney

I existed in a world that never is -
the prison of the mind.
- Gene Tierney

I had been offered a Hollywood contract before my 18th birthday.
It gave me the spark I needed.
- Gene Tierney

Eccentric behavior is not routinely noticed around a movie set.
- Gene Tierney

The word actress has always seemed less a job description to me than a title.
- Gene Tierney

Life is a little like a message in a bottle,
to be carried by the winds and the tides.
- Gene Tierney

I do not recall spending long hours in front of a mirror loving my reflection.
- Gene Tierney

My departure from Hollywood was described as a walk-out.
No one understood that I was cracking up.
- Gene Tierney

I admire anyone who rids himself of an addiction.
- Gene Tierney

Fonda and Gary Cooper had the best sense of timing
of all the actors I knew.
- Gene Tierney

I remember the 1940s as a time when we were united
in a way known only to that generation.
We belonged to a common cause-the war.
- Gene Tierney

We cannot calculate the numbers of people who left,
fled or were fished out of Europe just ahead of the Holocaust.
- Gene Tierney

I was going to live on my salary or go down swinging.
- Gene Tierney

Those who become mentally ill often have a history of chronic pain.
- Gene Tierney

I dated dozens of young men, had fun with all,
made commitments to none.
- Gene Tierney

When you have spent an important part of your life playing Let's Pretend,
it's often easy to see symbolism where none exists.
- Gene Tierney

Everyone should see Hollywood once, I think,
through the eyes of a teenage girl who has just passed a screen test.
- Gene Tierney

Chaplin was notoriously strict with his sons and rarely
gave them spending money.
- Gene Tierney

When my mood was high, I seemed normal,
even buoyant.
I felt smarter.
I had secrets.
I could see God in a light bulb.
- Gene Tierney

As an actress, I was trained to show emotion I did not feel,
or no emotion at all.
- Gene Tierney

There were days that I worked all the time,
without a layoff, or a rest, finishing one picture
and reporting for another sometimes on the same day.
- Gene Tierney

Hollywood can be hard on women, but it did not cause my problems.
- Gene Tierney

When I met Jack Kennedy, he was a serious young man with a dream.
He was not a womanizer, not as I understood the term.
- Gene Tierney

The Hollywood structure was monopolistic,
run by four or five big studios.
- Gene Tierney

Wealth, beauty, and fame are transient.
When those are gone, little is left except the need to be useful.
- Gene Tierney

I approached everything, my job, my family,
my romances, with intensity.
- Gene Tierney

My mother would not talk to me for weeks,
would not stay under my roof for as long as I was married to Oleg.
- Gene Tierney

I simply did not want my face to be my talent.
- Gene Tierney

In later years, I craved foods that were almost always fattening.
- Gene Tierney

I used up every cent I earned as an actress.
- Gene Tierney

Jealousy is, I think, the worst of all faults because
it makes a victim of both parties.
- Gene Tierney

Throughout my career, I was to be cast as a frontier girl,
an aristocrat, an Arabian, a Eurasian,
a Polynesian, and a Chinese.
- Gene Tierney

I ask myself: Would I have been any worse off if I
had stayed home or lived on a farm instead of shock
treatments and medication?
- Gene Tierney

I always tried to play my hunches.
- Gene Tierney

In my early days in Hollywood I tried to be economical.
I designed my own clothes, much to my mother's distress.
- Gene Tierney

I used to annoy my father by telling him how much I felt luck was with me.
- Gene Tierney

I was fine when it came to cheering up others,
not so fine with myself.
- Gene Tierney

I hole up now and then and do nothing for days but read.
- Gene Tierney

Children don't understand about people loving each
other and then suddenly not.
- Gene Tierney

I had no romantic interest in Gable.
I considered him an older man.
- Gene Tierney

Cars, furs, and gems were not my weaknesses.
- Gene Tierney

I loved to eat.
For all of Hollywood's rewards, I was hungry for most of those 20 years.
- Gene Tierney

I was fortunate enough to work under directors who were,
most of them, brilliant, emotional men.
- Gene Tierney

I knew I could not cope with the future unless I was
able to rediscover the past.
- Gene Tierney

I had known Cole Porter in Hollywood and New York,
spent many a warm hour at his home, and met the talented
and original people who were drawn to him.
- Gene Tierney

I needed to be accepted, not humored.
I intended to act.
- Gene Tierney

In the months leading up to World War II,
there was a tendency among many Americans to talk absently
about the trouble in Europe.
Nothing that happened an ocean away seemed very threatening.
- Gene Tierney

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

"Just living is not enough," said the butterfly,
"one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower."
- Hans Christian Andersen

The mind is not a vessel to be filled
but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch


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