- I''m 32. I don''t know who the upper two are (I do know one is Gene and one is Joan :)), but the clear winner is Grace Kelly.
Not that I really care.
- The second one
- I''m a sucker for blonds, so Grace is my vote, but Gene was really something!
- My dad, 1913-2000, always thought Joan Bennett, was "hot-cha-cha-cha."\
I think her liked Joan''s screen persona in addition to her good looks. \
Gene Tierney was perceived as a tad "mental" back in the day. \
Grace Kelly was not of his generation.
- I don''t know who this Grace Kelly person is, but she''s totally trying to rip off January Jones'' look from "Mad Men," which makes her a no-fair cheater and wannabe in my book.%0D\
- Gene. She was gorgeous.
- Grace Kelly. Never understood the beauty appeal of Tierney. That overbite!
- Gene had this sharp, cruel beauty. Love her.\
That is a lovely pic of Grace though. I''ve got a soft spot for her.\
Don''t care about Joan. \
Am not an elder gay!
- "cruel beauty"\
- There was something enticing about Gene Tierney. When I watch [italic]Laura[/italic], even though I know two of the actors who''re supposed to be besotted with her were so very gay, I don''t care. She was so lovely that I know I would have wanted to be around her.
- Grace Kelley
Mika (where did my career go, dears?)
- Gene Tierney.
By a hair.
- Grace Kelly.%0D\
The other two were lovely women, but had to be carefully shot and lit to look stunning on film. But Grace Kelly was beautiful from every single angle, I''ve never seen a bad picture of her. %0D\
Until she got married and had kids, anyway.
- Thanks r9 - I''ve never been "MARY''D"!
- OP picked the ugliest photograph of Miss Bennett he could find.\
Here are more.
- [quote]There was something enticing about Gene Tierney.\
I think her mental/emotional illness made her look vulnerable -- not helpless, but delicate and a little fragile. She was beautiful in a different way than Grace Kelly or Joan Bennett.\
Grace Kelly''s beauty had the purity of a cameo carving -- which came through even in her non-glamorous role, "The Country Girl". \
Joan Bennett''s beauty was more earthy, almost threatening, with a touch of cruelty. Yet she was perfect as the warm, supportive mother in "Father of the Bride".\
Each is beautiful in her own way, with her own unique quality of beauty. Which is a fancy way of saying that I can''t choose.\
Thanks for the lovely pictures, OP.
- I vote for my Grandmother!!
- If I were just looking at the pictures, I''d say Grace.\
Gene was a knockout though.
- Just read gene t. Bio on Wikipedia. Wow-what a story. A natural beauty too\
And she had a love affair with JFK!
- I vote for January Jones too. The other girls are busted.
- They were all gorgeous but an odd trio to compare, if you ask me.%0D\
First of all, each were in their prime in different decades so their makeup, hairdos and general grooming were of varying aesthetics.%0D\
And because of the differences in their ages they would never have been competing for the same roles.%0D\
I would compare Joan Bennett to Hedy Lamarr and Dorothy Lamour.%0D\
Gene Tierney to Ava Gardner and Rita Hayworth.%0D\
And Grace Kelly to Audrey Hepburn and Deborah Kerr.%0D\
- Gene Tierney. Hands down.
- Gene Tierney - beautiful and had a brilliant name.
40 year old lesbo
- What about me bitches???
- ''Cause you''re a slattern, Joanie!
- One on the top right...is that Joan Bennett? She''s the hottest of the 3.
- Of those three, I would say absolutely Gene Tierney. But the two most beautiful women ever in Hollywood were Ava Gardner and Hedy Lamarr.
- Why would we need to choose? They''re all gorgeous.
- Hedy Lamarr at her most beautiful:
- Ava Gardner at her most beautiful:
- Gene Tierney was beautiful, but her overbite is just too much, and she didn''t age well.\
Joan was beautiful yet unremarkable.\
Grace Kelly had a perfect face. She was the archetypical archetypical icy blonde goddess.\
Elizabeth Taylor was more beautiful than all those 3.
- Joan Bennet looked mean
- That is not a good photo of Gene. But yeah, she is the most beautiful of the three posted.
- Say what you want about Joan Bennett, but that woman remained beautiful forever. Take a look at her on Dark Shadows. Even in the harsh lighting of soaps and videotape, and she was in her 50s or 60s at the time, she absolutely stunning.
- Sorry, but Ava, Liz and (gulp) Angie at their peaks all win over those three. Though they are all beauties too.
- R40 is an insane Brangeloonie.\
Vampirella Jolie more beautiful than Grace Kelly or Gene Tierney????\
Go see an eye doctor first thing tomorrow. Or a psychiatrist.
- My mother told me a story once that she was at a party where Ava Gardner appeared, every man and woman turned and looked at her as she entered the room... silence... the most breathtaking woman ever!
- Veronica Lake, slightly younger than Gene and Ava, was pretty hot too. \
She is practically forgotten today by the general public.\
During WWII, she was one of the HOTTEST ingenues in Hollywood but she fizzled almost completely by the end of the ''40s.\
Trivia: Jessica Rabbit''s "peek-a-boo" hair style was lifted directly from Miss Lake''s signature look.
- Veronica Lake has such a miserable life, and died of alcoholism at only 49.
- Joan Bennett had a beauty that was at its most luminous when she was "in movement," meaning to see her move, emote, walk in a film. Just breathtaking.\
Grace Kelly had a static beauty, to me. The planes of her face were perfect and patrician. But it wasn''t lush, voluptuous with rich texture. She was a porcelain goddess.\
Gene Tierney had a vulnerability in her eyes that made her mesmerizing. Her beauty broke your heart.
- I proclaim R45 the Maryest Mary that ever Maryed!
- [quote]Joan Bennett had a beauty that was at its most luminous when she was "in movement," meaning to see her move, emote, walk in a film. Just breathtaking.\
Never was "Mary!" more richly earned.
- Better to be breathtaking rather than heart breaking.\
Suck it up, Tierney!
- I don''t know why OP chose these three, but of the 40s THE beauty of the day was named Hedy. %0D\
btw Joan Bennett (like her sister Constance) was a natural blonde but dyed her hair black to copy Hedy''s hairstyle. %0D\
The other great beauty of the time was Vivien Leigh, and it''s interesting Vivien and Hedy and Gene all had similar coloring. So of the three listed by OP I''d vote for Gene.
- [quote]Trivia: Jessica Rabbit''s "peek-a-boo" hair style was lifted directly from Miss Lake''s signature look.\
More trivia. She cut her hair at the request of the Government because they didn''t want the women working in factories during the war to have accidents because their Veronica Lake hairstyles fell into machinery and/or obscured their vision.\
She cut it, and her career went into a tailspin from which it never recovered.
- "The other great beauty of the time was Vivien Leigh, and it''s interesting Vivien and Hedy and Gene all had similar coloring. So of the three listed by OP I''d vote for Gene."%0D\
Slap my ass and call my "MARY", but...%0D\
While the average woman looks prettier with blonde hair, most of the greatest screen beauties have dark hair. Hedy Lamarr, Liz Taylor, Gene Tierney, Vivien Leigh, Louise Brooks, etc. Dark hair seems to set off perfect bone structure better than fair.
- Of the three you mention, Gene Tierney. Ava Gardner would also be in the running.
- Gene Tierney.\
But the one I''d most like to have a beer with is Joan Bennett.
- R50, the hair cut also revealed that her face was kind of plain and uninteresting. %0D\
Speaking of which, I never got the whole Grace Kelly obsession. She''s pretty but like the best looking woman at the country club. Her sexuality was always a very prim one. She''s lucky she was around in the 50s, if it were the 30s, she''d constantly be losing the leading man to Lombard, Dunne, Stanwyck or some other more interesting star. %0D\
Tierney was stunning. %0D\
This is a very random trio. Why these three, OP?
- [quote]Speaking of which, I never got the whole Grace Kelly obsession. She''s pretty but like the best looking woman at the country club.\
That''s a very good way to put it, R50. \
She was an excellent blank canvas--you could decorate her with stylish clothing and jewelry, and then carefully arrange her in just the right pose and she pulled it off wonderfully. She came to life. Scrub her face and put her in an old terrycloth bathrobe and no one would have looked twice.\
You can say that''s why the call it acting, but she never had any real personality of her own.
- Grace Kelly but I also think Constance Bennett was prettiest of the Bennett sisters (sorry Joan''s grandkid).
- I prefer Ingrid Bergman to Kelly. I think part of it is Bergman''s voice, and she also projected more of a warmth and a broader range of emotions.
- Veronica Lake really comes across in movies. She''s not remarkably talented, but she has a very charming, low-key manner. I think she was very difficult on the set or was uncomfortable with the movie star life.
- Where does Rita Hayworth fit in with these other ladies? %0D\
She was the biggest sex symbol and most adored female star of the 1940s but she''s kind of forgotten today because she made so few classic films.
The Aga Kahn
- Grace Kelly was so elegant gorgeous and divine looking BUT Gene was goddess.I don''t think there''s been as gorgeous or as fabulous looking woman since her.
- Rita isn''t forgotten, R59, you''re a moron. Her Gilda is one of the most iconic images of the 20th century. It''s right up there with Marilyn in the pink dress in GPB.
- Grace Kelly, no contest.%0D\
Love R5''s answer!
- Wouldn''t you love to have been in Mexico on the location of Night of the Iquana with Burton, Eva Gardiner and Debra Kerr... Elizabeth Taylor in residence with Burton. Eva and Elizabeth- two of the most beautiful (women ever anywhere) least vain and most fun and raucous down to earth broads in Hollywood knocking back the cocktails, getting tan, and sparring with Burton etc. Talk about glamour.
- that pic of young Joan is beautiful! she was a bit stuffy for me though - Grace was the classic beauty, but Gene Tierney had an exotic edge I prefer ...
- Grace Kelly was more beautiful. Not a bad angle on her. Gene Tierney was next.%0D\
I never got the ice princess thing from Kelly. She was very sensuous looking, and by reputation a hot sex fiend.
- [quote]Eva Gardiner\
- totally, R63- that must have been a blast. and FUCK yeah, kelly was sexy!!!all you had to do was look at her mischievous, smouldering eyes to get an idea of what was going on inside that gorgeous, naughty head of hers. LOVE HUH!!!
- My grandmother often said she lived in Constance''s shadow.
- I watched Gene Tierney in The Razor''s Edge tonight on PBS. She was stunning.
- R63, you are not Charlie. and they ban people here for impersonation.
- Grace Kelly. Gene Tierney''s overbite kept her in the "interestingly gorgeous and you could always get that pop bottle opened easily" category. Joan Bennett had that nose.
- Maryness or whatever, R45 pens successfully what most cannot.
- You left out Barbara O''Neil who played Scarlet''s mother and Charles Boyer''s vindictive wife in All This and Heaven, Too. She was unbelievably gorgeous!
- How can anyone not put Angie in the all time beauty list? I am not a "Brangloonie" or whatever. I don''t even care about her. But she is fucking gorgeous. Or she was. \
The guy upthread who was accused....
- Grace Kelly by a landslide.
- Grace, then Gene, then Joan. Joan was still stunning, though. Here's a documentary about Gene:
- Gene Tierney
- Gene Tierney, hands down, thread CLOSED.
Grace was pretty, but somewhat generic. Joan was cute...although the terminal case of bitchface didn't do her any favors!
- Gene Tierney thread closed!
- R1 (asshole) Life is about learning. In this day and age of the internet, there's no excuse for the stupidity you express.
Not knowing who Gene Tierney means you never saw Laura, don't know Otto Preminger ... just a scratch on your stupid hide.
Remove yourself. You're beyond an idiot. Gene Tierney judges your ass as you lumber away
- Gene Tierney. Gifted with such exceptional beauty, and yet was so unhappy and unlucky.
- I love u, R80.
- I thought Rita Hayworth was drab. She had masculine, bland features. She tossed her hair back in Gilda and was proclaimed a sex symbol. That was it, her hair.
- Interesting info about Veronica Lake's hairstyle. Thanks!
- I completely agree, R83. Something was off about her face.
- I also love r80. Oh, and Gene Tierney for me. Achingly, hauntingly, heartrbreakingly beautiful. Never a more perfect actress for a perfect role than Laura. "It was Laura, but she's only a dream."
- Was Jessica Rabbit based on any other women(loosely so, or even non actresses)? Just curious.
- Why was Gene Tierney viewed as being mental, fragile, and vulnerable?
- Facewise, Merle Oberon had them all beat. But she was a big chunky with rather emphatic hips.
Jennifer Jones was another all-American beauty with an exotic hothouse flower streak.
But Gene Tierney was lovely, absolutely lovely. Look at her in color films like Leave Her to Heaven.
- Tierney is the most beautiful.
I always thought Constance was better looking than Joan
- Numero Uno:
- Few scenes in film can top when Grace glides onto the screen in Rear Window. Stunning. Though IMO Ava makes them all look common.
- I have a special affection for Gene Tierney because my mom looked a lot like her, and copied her look. If you look at pictures of Tierney carefully, you see her lips are very overpainted. In casual pictures off the set, they are much thinner, and she has an overbite.
- Gene Tierney owns this thread. She bought it in cash, paid her taxes as soon as she received the bill in the mail, and will not sublet it to the likes of Joan Bennett or Grace Kelly anytime soon.
- Tierney's overbite didn't hurt her looks at all.
- Grace Kelly puts me to sleep.
Tierney was intriguing.
Bennett was ok - kind of a cipher to me.
- [quote] Rita Hayworth ... had masculine, bland features.
Speaking of masculine features, I saw this photo of Kaye Ballard and thought it was Eddie Izzard.
- Gene Tierney. She not only had classic good looks, her eyes were amazingly expressive.
Grace Kelly is pretty enough but rather boring.
Joan Bennett had very interesting looks.
- None of them had the natural female beauty of Cillian Murphy.
- Iierney. And I'd take Joan over Grace any day. Grace was COLD.
- To Joan's Grandkid:
Did your grandmother ever describe what Ava Gardner was like?
- Gene Tierney should have won 1,000 Oscars for "Leave Her to Heaven."
- Joan Bennett was far more versatile than Kelly or Tierney and even most of her contemporaries.
She played ingenues, vamps, haughty ladies, tramps, dowagers and perfect mothers throughout a very long and successful career.
not Joan's grandkid but a big fan
- All of them played the field. Loyalty was an unknown word to them at certain times.
- Gene Tierney and Grace Kelly...both of them. Grace had the light of the sun rays and Gene the light of the moon.
Gene had a more melancholic beauty. There was something haunted in her.
- Grace Kelly certainly wasn't cold in Rear Window. I guess it's her colouring that makes people put her in the "Ice Queen" category.
- Actor Darryl Hickman in the commentary of 'Leave Her To Heaven' made some very interesting comments about Gene and everyone during the film. He said that Gene Tierney was often very cold to him and Cornel Wilde and that she was emotionally distant from everyone on set. He remarked that she was a beautiful woman but not an excellent actress. He said while she was talented she was not one of the greats because of her lack of connection with the other actors.
By the way, Gene Tierney was Oscar-nominated for that role. Personally, i liked her performance a lot. But yes, she seemed cold in a way...
- One of the moments i really enjoyed in 'The Egyptian' was that in 5:43-6:09 in the link below. God, i loved Gene Tierney's displeasure and coldness in that scene, perfect moment, lol!
- n 1979, Tierney published her memoirs, detailing her cherished childhood memories, her schoolgirl years abroad, her triumphs on Broadway and in Hollywood, and the nightmare years of her descent into mental illness. Lured out of retirement yet again, she signed on to play lesbian magazine publisher Harriet Toppingham in the CBS miniseries "Scruples" (1980), based on the best-selling novel by Judith Krantz. The following year, Howard Lee died. Tierney remained in Houston for the next decade, during which time she was diagnosed with emphysema, which she developed from a lifelong cigarette habit adopted in Hollywood as a means of lowering the timbre of her speaking voice. Gene Tierney died on Nov. 6, 1991, two weeks shy of what would have been her 71st birthday.
(Actually,when Gene saw herself on screen for the first time, she was horrified by her voice "I sounded like an angry Minnie Mouse." She began smoking to lower her voice, but it came at a great price - she died of emphysema.)
- Gene Tierney, 1940's
An absolute beauty
- I'd have to put Gene Tierney and Hedy Lamarr as the top two most beautiful women in cinematic history. However, the all time most sexy and alluring woman in cinema is Monica Bellucci. She's a modern day Helen of Troy.
Monica Bellucci and Jada Pinkett -- Lesbian Kiss (Enter the Matrix)
- For me Gene Tierney's best performance was in 'The Night and the City'. I liked her performance even more that i liked her in 'Leave Her to Heaven'. Very moving role.
- Gene Tierney's experience with her first child, who was born after Gene had German measles during her pregnancy (caught from a fan who had skipped out on being quarantined to see Tierney during a war bond promotion), scarred her for life. The baby was born with so many problems that she had to be instiutionalized. So that was preying on her mind during filming of Leave Her to Heaven. Would have made me cold and distant as well.
Her autobiography, being upfront about mental illness, is pretty startling. To be that honest in the 50's and 60's was pretty rare.
(Of course being married to Oleg Cassini, who was a big whore, also didn't help. He used the old "I couldn't handle being Mr. Gene Tierney" as an excuse.)
- All are gorgeous. Grace is just a little too much perfection for one person. I vote Gene. She had that little something extra that is impossible to name. My favorite Gene picture.
- Does anybody of you know if Gene bisexual? Although I haven't found anything written for her about that matter, something in her pings...Actually i suspect that she was bisexual but she never 'practiced' her bisexuality.
- I'm the one that thinks 'Laura',in the final analysis, is not such a masterpiece as it is written? It's too overpraised! Actually 'Fallen Angel' is a better Otto Preminger film noir. It gives more to the viewer. To me, 'Laura' is just a narcissistic piece of a film.
I like Gene Tierney though. That's a different thing. My favourite movies with her are:
The Night and the City
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
Leave Her to Heaven
Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake
The Left Hand of God
- Gene with Rita Hayworth!
- R120, I'm always afraid that someone is going to remake Ghost and Mrs. Muir because they can do so much more with the ghost image technically these days. The good news is that it's about older people so no producer will want to touch it if they can't star the Twilight fucktards.
- You're so amusing, fucktard at 123! It's a bunch of old queens talking about people you don't know about, therefore not important. But yet you waste your precious life posting on this thread as if you're so clever. Keep up the good work!
- Gene Eliza Tierney is the most beautiful woman of all time.
- I remember Joan Bennett from Dark Shadows. I had no idea she was such a great beauty in her youth. I actually resemble a middle-aged JB in drag for some odd reason.
- Gene Tierney was a great beauty, but i think that Grace was and still is the most beautiful woman that made it in Hollywood.
- Tierney's overbite left her "gorgeously interesting" but not a classic beauty. Joan Bennett was lovely with the right makeup but plain otherwise. Grace Kelly was the signal beauty of her era.
- I prefer Vivien Leigh and young Liz Taylor. And I don't believe Joan Bennett was a "natural blonde."
Almost no one is, except a few Scandinavians, I guess, like Liv Ullman and Bibi Andersson, who weren't chopped liver btw, but true blondes don't age well.
Liz didn't either, and Vivien developed a harshness (along with worsening TB that killed her in her 50's because she wouldn't stop chain smoking - her manic depression didn't help either)
- Tierney - I like brunettes. I think it was the famous editor of Vouge, Diana Vreeland, who said that side , by side, a brunette will always be more beautiful than a blonde. I agree.
- Gene Tierney as it seems was more honest with her feelings than Grace. The fact that Grace married Rainier was a rather cold act from her side. She wasn't as liberal as she hoped that she was or that she could be. She didn't give time with the romances of her life. They all were short-lived
- A woman like Grace could have whoever man she wanted. She screwed her chances in the matters of the heart, she couldn't get deep, she was always in a hurry and she always was too critical. She was the enemy of her heart from the start.
- Even though Gene is stunning, she wasn't as beautiful as Grace Kelly is. Grace ir really the epitome of beauty, she's perfection. The classiest woman ever. She's a Goddes
- Both Gene Tierney and Grace Kelly came from rich families. I don't know about Joan Bennett. I know her, but i don't know about her a lot.
- Gene...and I didn't even have to think about it.
She had a very special beauty.
- Just this image alone could arguably win Gene the title of "Most Beautiful Woman Who Ever Lived"...and she looked even better in movement.
According to her ex-husband Oleg Cassini Gene was even BETTER looking in person...he called her a "perfect genetic model".
- R83. & R85. are fucked in the head. Saying Rita was "bland" destroys any credibilty they have as she was undoubtedly the all-around most exciting female star of her day. Rita was inarguably gorgeous and what she lacked in terms of perfection of features(which isn't much dearie,it isn't much)she MORE than made up for with pure, unadulterated SEXINESS.
- I don't know if Gene Tierney was more beautiful than gorgeous Grace Kelly (that is under discussion, because Kelly was pure magic), but i believe and feel that Gene was more sexy.
- Most beautiful!
- Ava Gardner
- I've always thought Gene Tierney was stunning. She was so exotic and oozed sex appeal. She was a talented actress as well. My favorite of all her movies is 'Leave Her to Heaven' - she played evil perfectly!
- The name Gene must have been fairly uncommon (in that spelling) when Gene made it in Hollywood.
Were men more commonly named Gene back then or were they all Eugenes?
Was Gene her real first name?
Whatever the answers, Gene never became a popular name for American=born baby girls.
But then neither did Lana, Hedy, Ava or Rita.
- An excellent 1979 interview with Gene Tierney, who was promoting her autobiography on The Mike Douglas Show.
- Joan aged well though all three are beautiful.
Joan looks very classy and upper crust in those old Dark Shadows reruns. She was beloved by her cast in that show. She always said they had no time to prepare or memorize lines, it was all rushed and no retakes unless someone swore.
Gene is breathtaking as Mrs. Muir.
Grace is always pretty but seemed a bit cunty.
- Grace was more beautiful, but Gene was more luscious. As it comes to Joan, i haven't seen her in a movie yet...so, i shut up.
- Grace. Plus she was slutty, I love that about her.
- Gene Tierney. Hauntingly beautiful. Glues me to the screen.
Although she can look attractive, I don't consider Joan Bennett beautiful at all. I do enjoy her very much as an actress and have watched some gawdawful movies because she was in them.
Which is more than I can say for Grace Kelly. She's very pretty but so insipid. I avoid her movies.