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Gene Tierney - born into a wealthy family in Brooklyn, NY in 1920. Noticed by a director at Warner Bros, at 17 she began to pursue a career in acting. Acclaimed as one of the great beauties of her day. Howard Hughes tried unsuccessfully to woo her, but she was unimpressed with Hughe's wealth. Due to mental illness, she left Hollywood after turning down movie roles that eventually went to Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly. Was later discovered working as a sales girl in a large department store.