I love Ava Gardner’s elegance and hard drinking vulgarity in equal measure and to say she was beautiful is an understatement. Married three times to Mickey ‘The smallest husband I ever had, and the biggest mistake’ Rooney, Artie Shaw and, the love of her life, Frank Sinatra, she also had high profile relationships with Howard Hughes, Ernest Hemingway and just about every one of her leading men.
I am also certain that she is probably the only woman in the world that can get away with wearing fishnets and a leopard print together!
Ava apparently cursed like a trooper. To be honest I can’t recall seeing many of her movies, and I hear that she couldn’t act for toffee anyway, but having just read her biography and autobiography, she had me spellbound with her intelligence, wit, spirit and charm.
“Because I was promoted as a sort of a siren and played all those sexy broads, people made the mistake of thinking I was like that off the screen. They couldn’t have been more wrong”
Here’s an cracking excerpt from Ava Gardner’s Biography by Lee Server
“So here is how an evening out with Ava Gardner used to go. You would arrive at her place in the Hollywood hills and she would be in the pool, naked, or slouching around the apartment, half dressed. Which guy were you? Her 6 O’clock or her 8 O’clock? Did you pass another guy on the way out by the potted palm? Then you were her 8 O’clock. “Fix yourself a drink would you?” She had to take a bath. She would finally emerge, looking devastating, muttering something about having lost her diaphragm, and you would go to dinner; everyone would be looking and you would feel the luckiest guy on the planet. Then you would go on to a club, do the rhumba, and get properly drunk; if you were unlucky Sinatra would track you down, and would appear out of nowhere and start screaming. Then the evening would really get started. What you did with yourself after that point was entirely up to you.”
They certainly don’t make them like that anymore.
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