All That Glitters is Not Gold is a series of brass multiples created to go with Casting Couch. In Casting Couch, fourteen Old Hollywood actresses are cited. In their heyday, their own thoughts and opinions were often silenced. These multiples were created to represent their voice and to encourage conversation.
The multiples are small works of art that can be displayed, but can also be worn as jewelry. Because of the two magnets, the sky is the limit.
Gene Eliza Tierney was born in 1920 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. to well-to-do parents. She was educated in the finest schools on the East Coast and at a finishing school in Switzerland. After two years in Europe, Gene returned to the US where she completed her education.
Gene’s parents wanted her to take her position in society, and she made her debut at the age of 17. However, she soon became bored with society life and decided to pursue an acting career and made her Broadway debut in 1938.
After being spotted by a Hollywood producer during a stage performance, Gene was signed to a contract in 1940. Her cinematic performances were all lauded and in 1945 she was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in Leave Her to Heaven. By the late 1940’s, Gene was the hottest player around, and the 1950s saw no letup.
Although her career took off to great heights, Gene had misfortune in her personal life. During World War II, a pregnant Gene volunteered at the Hollywood Canteen. But unbeknownst to her, a fan had broken a quarantine and had infected Gene with German measles. As a result, the child was born deaf and mentally disabled.
After years of struggling with what is now known as Bipolar Disorder, Tierney sought professional help. After some 27 shock treatments, she later became an outspoken opponent of shock treatment therapy.
In better health, Tierney made a screen comeback in 1962. She received critical praise for her performances in the 1960s, but retired suddenly from movies in 1969. She returned to acting one last time in 1980, for the TV miniseries Scruples.
13 days before her 71st birthday, Tierney died of emphysema on November 6, 1991, in Houston.