Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations

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by Peter Evans, Ava Gardner
     
 

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The wickedly candid New York Times bestesller that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime—“the heartbreaking memoir of the ultimate heartbreaker” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars during the 1940s and ’50s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred…  See more details below

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The wickedly candid New York Times bestesller that Ava Gardner dared not publish during her lifetime—“the heartbreaking memoir of the ultimate heartbreaker” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars during the 1940s and ’50s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. But this riveting account of her storied life, including her marriage to Frank Sinatra, and career had to wait for publication until after her death—because Gardner feared it was too revealing.

“I either write the book or sell the jewels,” Gardner told coauthor Peter Evans, “and I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels.” The legendary actress serves up plenty of gems in these pages, reflecting with delicious humor and cutting wit on a life that took her from rural North Carolina to the heights of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Tell-all stories abound, especially when Gardner divulges on her three husbands: Mickey Rooney, a serial cheater so notorious that even his mother warned Gardner about him; bandleader Artie Shaw, whom Ava calls “a dominating son of a bitch…always putting me down;” and Frank Sinatra (“We were fighting all the time. Fighting and boozing. It was madness. But he was good in the feathers”).

“Her story is a raw-nerved revelation. . . . A vivid portrait” (Chicago Tribune). Witty, penetrating, unique in its voice, it is impossible to put down—“A complete delight” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

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Her parents were poor North Carolina cotton farmers, but Ava Gardner (1922-1990) became one of the most glamorous movie stars of all time. Her private life, which included marriages to Frank Sinatra, Mickey Rooney, and bandleader Artie Shaw, attracted almost as much attention as her onscreen romances. In her last years, she worked with ghostwriter Peter Evans on an autobiography, but the project was shelved before her death. In this gathering of their conversations, readers can now savor Gardner extremely candid assessments of her life, her loves, her co-stars, and her secret opinions. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

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ISBN-13:
9781451627718
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
07/02/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
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42,056
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14 MB
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Meet the Author

Peter Evans was a columnist and foreign correspondent with the Daily Express (UK), and wrote for the Los Angeles Times and Vogue, as well as every major newspaper in Britain. His books include Peter Sellers: The Man Behind the Mask and Nemesis. He died in 2012.
Ava Gardner was born in Grabtown, North Carolina, in 1922. Her films include The Killers, Showboat, Mogambo, The Barefoot Contessa, The Sun Also Rises, and On the Beach. She died in London in 1990.

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Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
juleecm1 More than 1 year ago
What makes this book unusual is it's based on Mr. Evans' interviews with Ava Gardner, and is mostly in her own words. She is far earthier than you might imagine a screen goddess to be, and while fairly self-aware, she is clearly lonely and unhappy toward the end of her life. This may be why she lowered her guard with Peter Evans and you get an awful lot of fresh, insider information from the horse's mouth because of it. I enjoyed this book greatly, but couldn't help but wish she had been happier at the end of her life. It would have been fun to interview her (with the same frankness) at the height of her career, but this is still a treasure trove of what she really thought and felt, and well worth reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved ava's fowardness and her honesty. Its hard to find an interview of her (since she hated doing interviews) it was so nice to read about the real ava in her own words. Funny, witty and truthful.
Sicilian More than 1 year ago
I tried so hard to get through this book but finally put it down about half way through. It just seemed repetitious, never saying much new. Don't get me wrong...I bought the book because I love Ava Gardner. Evidently, it's the actress that appealed to me and not her personal life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wanted to real a biography or autobiography. This is all about Gardner and how much she didn't want to write this. It was redundant imo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Damn cameron you whore
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
YES!!!! Runs to him
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ProfessorEC More than 1 year ago
An easy read. You get a good feel of who Ava Gardner really was beyond her beauty.
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Jumps on you and says take me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shes bak on
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Walks in
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Will you go out with me Ava? Your so da.mn se.xy i wanna fu.ck you 24/7
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This for you mother Emilly to read I gift this to you. How is your little girl doing to to night I will be @ just family . Monday moning I love you ( your girl two loue. Casey
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There
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Ok
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If your dominant and into bondage and that type of stuff go to rio res two