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Posted by on Sep 4, 2011 in Celebrities, Frank Sinatra, Old Hollywood | 0 comments

Inspired by: Ava Gardner

A friend of mine recently loaned me a copy of Ava Gardner’s biography, Love Is Nothing, and it was fantastic! I love old Hollywood, but I might not have picked up this book had it not been highly recommended to me. I have never seen any Ava Gardner movies, but now I am jonesin’ to see one of her films, this chick was a pistol!

Ava Gardner was a country girl from the South who happened to hit it big at MGM. She was often described as ‘the most beautiful woman’ anyone had ever seen, and throughout the whole book people often recount that they had never seen anyone so naturally stunning. Marilyn had the curves and features, but often said that she ‘became Marilyn’ while she was sitting in the makeup chair. Ava, aptly nicknamed ‘the Love Goddess’, had the natural features to stop people dead in her tracks.

Anyone having a remote interest in Hollywood will love the scandal of this book, because the dame was married to three of the greatest men in Hollywood- Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra, not to mention an unusual life long friendship with the likes of Howard Hughes. While all of her marriages proved to be pretty catastrophic, the affair with Frank Sinatra was the most explosive. Now I can’t wait to pick up a Frank Sinatra biography, too!

Ava Gardner said whatever was on her mind, no matter what the consequences. She loved life and lived with passion and honesty, I completely fell in love with her from the get-go. Eventually she became a riotous woman, moving to Spain and throwing parties all night with gyspsies and flamenco dancers, getting kicked out of the Ritz Carlton, and other scandalous activities. Her personality was absolute moxie, she was completely unafraid to do and say whatever she pleased.


Ava Gardner lived the dolce vita, and actually Fellini’s great film, La Dolca Vita, was loosely based off of her life! You can’t beat glamour like that! They just don’t make ‘em like they used to!


“When I lose my temper, honey, you can’t find it anywhere.”

-Ava Gardner



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