Born November 19, 1920 in Brooklyn, Gene Tierney, actress and my favorite Hollywood femme fatale face, was the ultimate Scorpio woman and most dangerous in her role as Ellen Berent in Leave Her to Heaven. Ellen dumps Boston's ambitious district attorney Russell Quinton (played by Vincent Price in an over-the-top court room performance) and marries writer Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) because Richard looks so much like her father (when he was younger of course at Richard's current age). It's too bad Tyrone Power wasn't in the role as Richard Harland. Imagine that. Power and Tierney. Tierney and Power. Love and jealous, obsession and beauty. I love seeing Tierney and Power together best in Razor's Edge.
In Leave Her To Heaven whatever beautiful Ellen Berent wants, Ellen gets promising to love to death any man who reminds Ellen of Ellen’s own father. Ask Ellen to share Richard Harland, the writer Ellen meets on a train and becomes obsessed over, and Ellen will destroy no matter who or what it is because Ellen doesn’t share Richard with anyone save Ellen.
From a dramatic opening score that immediately caught my attention “Heaven” plays better than any soap opera. After watching a pouty Ellen on horseback bouncing and scattering her father's ashes in New Mexico mountains, I wanted Tierney in every screen.
Leave Her to Heaven stars Gene Tierney (as Ellen), Cornel Wilde as Richard Harland, Jeanne Crain as Ruth Berent and Vincent Price as DA Russell Quinton.