Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations
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 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).
From Publishers Weekly
© Publishers Weekly
I just finished this book and I have to say, I was a little disappointed. There are no new revelations, just her cussing a lot and lots of back and forth with the author about what should and should not go in the book.
What a fascinating book! Loved it!
Very insightful look into Ava Gardner's life. She may be considered vulgar by many, yet her voice comes through loud and clear. A woman who chose to live life to the fullest. She was respectful and did not want a "tell-all" book about her sexual encounters. Her stories of the past, the loss of her parents; as she speaks of the loss one can feel her extreme sadness. I found the book a page-turner and well-written. I will definitely purchase more of Peter Evans books.