Leave her to Hollywood: a critical discourse on Gene Tierney and studio stardom

Tungatt, Emma (2011) Leave her to Hollywood: a critical discourse on Gene Tierney and studio stardom. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The objective of this dissertation was to investigate the working relationship between a studio and its contracted player, assessing precisely how the affiliation between the two would result in stardom for a specific actress. For the purposes of this dissertation, the partnership between Twentieth Century Fox and Gene Tierney provided a pertinent case study for the roles of a studio and star respectively. It was my firm belief before undertaking this investigation that Gene Tierney was an actress who has been somewhat neglected by academia, despite her vast contribution to American cinema. The following study therefore reflects an attempt to engage with the late star and provide an example of academic attention dedicated to Tierney’s profession.

    The paper explores how three particular aspects of film history during the golden age of Hollywood were significantly allied to, and responsible for, the celebrated career of Gene Tierney. It critically evaluates the nature of the studio system, the notion of publicity, and the talent of the star to determine how Gene Tierney’s construction, endorsement and presentation were collaborative factors toward achieving stardom in 1940s American cinema.

    Consequently, the methodical process employed toward the composition of this dissertation, as well as the outcome it provided, were both stimulating and enlightening. Exclusive research was utilised including correspondence with renowned film historian Jeanine Basinger in an attempt to access important cinema archives. Throughout the investigation of this study along with its subsequent completion, there were two conclusions made which have delivered a significant impression upon the nature of this dissertation. The first of which is that I discovered how, and why, the studio system of 1940s Hollywood was such an advantageous environment for aspiring starlets. The second conclusion reached is the extent of Gene Tierney’s conscientious work ethic during the golden age, and why she is ultimately more deserving of recognition and respect amongst contemporary film symposiums.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 14:31
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/6992

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