Still renowned for her sultry screen performances, down-to-earth personality, and famed lifelong love affair with Frank Sinatra, Ava Gardner left an indelible mark on Hollywood history and led a life as adventurous as any film script.Ava is an illustrated tribute to a legendary life.
“The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time.”
“I thought I was making fifty dollars a week [at MGM], but it turned out to be $35 because twelve weeks of the year you were on layoff. It was white slavery, and it lasted for seventeen years.”
“I want to remember it all, the good times and the bad times, the late nights, the boozing, the dancing into dawns, and all the great and not-so-great people I met and loved in those years…”
“I was lazy. I would have been a hell of a lot better actress had I taken it more seriously. I never had the proper respect for acting. Quite often, I learned my lines on the way to the studio.”
Every single day during our relationship, no matter where in the world I was, I’d get a telegram from Frank saying he loved me and missed me. He was a man who was desperate for companionship and love. Can you wonder that he always had mine!”
“Fame gives you everything you never wanted.”
“Maybe, in the final analysis, they saw me as something I wasn’t and I tried to turn them into something they could never be. I loved them all but maybe I never understood any of them. I don’t think they understood me.”
The truth is that the only time I’m happy is when I’m doing absolutely nothing.
(On Clark Gable) “He will always be my Sir Galahad.”
“I either write the books or sell the jewels , and I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels.”