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copyright 1990; Bantam Books publishers, New York; wonderful black and white glossy photos; hardbound in grey and black boards with silver stamp lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages; dust jacket very good.


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Hardcover Edition of Ava Gardner's own story with no hold barred. Like a novel but Ava really lived it.

In this chatty autobiography, Gardner tells of her upbringing in a poor but proud Southern family, her sudden success in early-'40s Hollywood--mainly because of her beauty--and rails against MGM, which played up her cheesecake potential. She neatly sums up the problems in each of her three short marriages: Mickey Rooney was a blatant womanizer; Artie Shaw was cool and overbearing; Frank Sinatra (the two were the loves of each other's lives) was as jealous as she, leading to drunken marathon fights. Gardner also sketches a creepy portrait of Howard Hughes, who for years stopped at no machination in an unsuccessful attempt to bed and marry her.


A shy woman who used drink to feel comfortable socially, Gardner seems very likable, down-home, spontaneous and sadly derogatory toward her intelligence, acting abilities--and even her beauty. Of the seven included "eulogies" from friends and colleagues, Stephen Birmingham's best captures the joy and tragedy of Gardner's life.

Ava, My Story by Ava Gardner

SKU: BS89h
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