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Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations (Hardcover) Book

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Take a look inside the private late-night conversations between one of Hollywood's leading actresses and coauthor Peter Evans. This Ava Gardner autobiography reveals how the 1953 Academy Awards for Best Actress nominee drew attention to stardom, which eventually led her to become one of the sexiest stars in film history. The book also spotlights her failed relationships with some of Hollywood's rich and famous.

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“I EITHER WRITE THE BOOK OR SELL THE JEWELS,” Ava Gardner told her coauthor, Peter Evans, “and I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels.” So began the collaboration that led to this remarkably candid, wickedly sardonic memoir.

Born poor in rural North Carolina, Gardner was given a Hollywood tryout thanks to a stunning photo of her displayed in a shop window. Not long after arriving in Hollywood, she caught the eye of Mickey Rooney, then America’s #1 box-office draw. Rooney was a womanizer so notorious that even his mother warned Gardner about him. They married, but the marriage lasted only a year (“my shortest husband and my biggest mistake”). Ava then married band leader and clarinetist Artie Shaw, who would eventually marry eight times, but that marriage, too, lasted only about a year (“he was a dominating son of a bitch . . . always putting me down”). She carried on a passionate affair with Howard Hughes but didn’t love him, she said. Her third marriage was a tempestuous one to Frank Sinatra (“We were fighting all the time. Fighting and boozing. It was madness. . . . But he was good in the feathers”).

Faithfully recording Ava’s reminiscences in this book, Peter Evans describes their late-night conver­sations when Ava, having had something to drink and unable to sleep, was at her most candid. So candid, in fact, that when she read her own words, she backed out and halted the book. Only now, years after her death, could this frank and revealing memoir be published.

“If I get into this stuff, oh, honey, have you got something coming,” Ava told Evans. Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations is the stunning story of a legendary star’s public and private lives.


  • Author: Ava Gardner and Peter Evans
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781451627695
Additional Details
Production Year
July 2, 2013
Technical Specs
  • Dimensions: 9.00 H x 6.00 W inches
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Number of Pages: 304 Pages
  • Version: Biography & Autobiography
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6 Reviews
3.8

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  • Informative (4)
  • Page-turner (4)
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2.0

Huge Disappointment !

By Zhivago7662

from Hattiesburg, MS

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    • A Bit Slow
    • Disappointing
    • Not What I Expected

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      Comments about this product:

      I had high expectations - after 100 pages I knew very little but was overwhelmed with a back and forth banter if something should be printed or not. The word "baby" must have been used a thousand times in those 100 pages from Ava. If you adore Ava and want to know all there is about her do not buy this book. My frustration level peaked at page 115 and I have discarded the book into my flop pile.

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By Erinn M

      from Canada

      About Me Casual Reader

      Pros

      • Easy To Read
      • Page-Turner

      Cons

      • Sorry There Was Not More

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      Just sorry there was not more to this story. Loved the whole concept this book was written!!

       
      4.0

      Good read, unfortunately truncated

      By papadeverow

      from Austin, TX

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      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Informative
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      Evans gives us Ava Gardner the woman, not only the movie star, with her many faults and myriad charms. I loved what was there in the book and wished that their collaboration had gone full term, coming to fruition in a full ( if ghosted ) autobiography of this fascinating woman. It compares most favorably to other AVA tales, because the reader gets a real sense of what it was like to be in her presence and experience her unique spirit and flavor.

       
      4.0

      Easy reading of an extraordinary woman.

      By Stephen

      from Montana

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      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Fascinating Life Of Ava
      • Informative
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        very enjoyableand candid book about a woman I've always been intrigued by. I love her forthright and no holds barred telling of her story. what a woman!

         
        3.0

        raunchy Lanuage,surprising revelations.

        By Las Vegas Lady

        from Las Vegas, Nevada

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          Despite raunchy language, her frank revelations
          kept me turning the pages and ended with admiration for her spirit despite the pain she caused and received during her life. No doubt, one of the great beauties of our time.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a Broad!!

          By Charlie

          from Cleveland, Georgia

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            Very interesting Book, candid and full of great
            stories from 50's Hollywood. I couldn't wait to turn the next page.
            She was one classy broad. She was beautiful and a very talented actress. She definately lived life
            her way. Not surprizing Sinatra fell hard!!!

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