By Gene Tierney

Autobiography of Gene Tierney

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Twice a day we had to climb a steep slope to reach the set, an Arab village the crew had constructed. I thought it remarkable what a motion picture company can do with a patch of desert. They had hundreds of people to feed and house. We were almost like a little city sprung up overnight, living at the foot of the hill in barracks that were temporary. Donkeys were used for loading and hauling equipment. And the presence of the camels, along with our isolation, encouraged the feeling that we could just as well have been in North Africa.

Father sued me for $50,000, contending that Belle-Tier should still be recognized as my agents. I won the suit, but at a cost far too dear. I had not been given an accounting of my 41 savings during the two years I had worked in Hollywood. Whenever I asked for one, my father smiled and said, "Don't worry your pretty little head about that. " When the case went into litigation, the figures became available to my business manager. " I asked. "It comes to zero-zero-zero," he said. "There is no money in it.

He had been in Reno, Nevada, where he had gotten his divorce and then remarried a day or so later. I told him I would see him, but not with his new wife. I would not be a hypocrite. I considered her, and still do, the woman who broke my mother's heart. Father came alone and stayed an hour. The meeting was strange and tense. I suppose he wanted to know he was forgiven, or at least not despised. I could not accommodate him. I could not give him the release he must have wanted. He had taught us by example to guard our emotions, and not to fall all over anyone.

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