By Peter Evans, Ava Gardner
“I both WRITE THE e-book OR promote THE JEWELS,” Ava Gardner advised her coauthor, Peter Evans, “and I’m kinda sentimental in regards to the jewels.” So started the collaboration that ended in this remarkably candid, wickedly sardonic memoir.
Ava Gardner was once certainly one of Hollywood’s nice stars in the course of the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties, an Oscar-nominated leading girl who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, between others. Her motion pictures integrated convey Boat, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Barefoot Contessa, and at the seashore. yet her existence off the reveal used to be every piece as magnificent as her movie roles.
Born bad in rural North Carolina, Gardner used to be given a Hollywood tryout due to a gorgeous picture of her displayed in a store window. now not lengthy after arriving in Hollywood, she stuck the attention of Mickey Rooney, then America’s number 1 box-office draw. Rooney was once a womanizer so infamous that even his mom warned Gardner approximately him. They married, however the marriage lasted just a yr (“my shortest husband and my greatest mistake”). Ava then married band chief and clarinetist Artie Shaw, who may ultimately marry 8 instances, yet that marriage, too, lasted merely a few yr (“he used to be a dominating son of a whinge . . . consistently placing me down”). She carried on a passionate affair with Howard Hughes yet didn’t love him, she stated. Her 3rd marriage was once a tempestuous one to Frank Sinatra (“We have been combating for all time. scuffling with and boozing. It was once insanity. . . . yet he was once solid within the feathers”).
Faithfully recording Ava’s memories during this publication, Peter Evans describes their late-night conversations whilst Ava, having had anything to drink and not able to sleep, used to be at her so much candid. So candid, in reality, that once she learn her personal phrases, she sponsored out and halted the booklet. purely now, years after her loss of life, may well this frank and revealing memoir be released.
“If i am getting into these things, oh, honey, have you ever received anything coming,” Ava advised Evans. Ava Gardner: the key Conversations is the beautiful tale of a mythical star’s private and non-private lives.
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Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations by Peter Evans, Ava Gardner