Ava Gardner : the Secret Conversations

Ava Gardner : the Secret Conversations

Book - 2013
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A self-portrait of the late film legend's golden-era Hollywood life traces her impoverished childhood in North Carolina through the heights of her career, sharing details of her relationships with such figures as Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, and George C. Scott.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781451627695
Branch Call Number: 791.4302 GARDN EVANS
Characteristics: 293 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Gardner, Ava 1922-1990
Notes: Includes index


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This book is more Interesting for the relationship the author developed with Ava Gardner than anything that came of the book project they developed together. Originally Ava Gardner approached the Peter Evans to do a bio because she was in need of money. She had already considered writing her mem... Read More »

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Feb 08, 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.

Jun 16, 2016

Interesting read but not the bombshell tell-all it's made out to be.

Jan 17, 2015

She got on my fu&^%kin nerves at times with her diva trips but Hearing about Andy Hard-on was worth it Lana Turner was FAR more interesting but overall Ava was a swell gal who had some family issues as we all do but hey she carried on.

JCLVincentS Apr 15, 2014

A fun, yet sad account of Peter Evans' interview conversations with Ava Gardner near the end of her life in 1990. Though not a complete history, the interviews add insights into Gardner's interpretations of her life and her earthy language. Most of the conversations took place after consuming a bottle of wine or during Ava's late night phone calls to Evans. Former husband, Frank Sinatra, paid Gardner to stop the interviews, and Evans never completed compiling the narrative before his death in August, 2012. With the consent of the Gardner estate, Evans' widow and the publisher completed the book in 2013. Lee Server's excellent Ava Gardner: Love is Nothing is the definitive biography of Gardner and winner of the 2006 L.A. Times Best Biography Award, but the dialog between Evans and Gardner reveal insights not seen in previous works and make this book on a screen goddess worth the read.

Feb 20, 2014

1/2 * ?I EITHER WRITE THE BOOK OR SELL THE JEWELS,? Ava Gardner told her coauthor, Peter Evans. Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood?s great stars during the 1940s and 1950s, an Oscar-nominated lead­ing lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, and Humphrey Bogart, among others. Her films included Show Boat, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Barefoot Contessa, and On the Beach. But her life off the screen was every bit as fabulous as her film roles. 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. 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 memoir be published.
***** I am not doing well with biographies this year. This is a poorly organized, often repetitious summary of Ava's drunken ramblings. The book could have been a 10th as long and would have contained all the information Ava revealed. In addition to the fact that she eventually backed out of of the book and stopped talking with Evans, the book was not published until after Evans' own death. Someone did a bad job of organizing his notes and saw that there was not enough material for a book without the many repetitions of the same information. I ended up liking Ava for the very candidness and bad language that led her to abandon the book, but if you want to read a biography about Ava Gardner, pick another book.

athompson10 Sep 17, 2013

Interesting read but very abrupt ending.

ChristchurchLib Aug 20, 2013

"A couple of years before her death in 1990, Hollywood star Ava Gardner asked British journalist Peter Evans to help her write her autobiography. When she realized how vulgar she appeared in his transcriptions of their conversations, she cancelled the project. Years later, Evans pulled his materials out of a drawer, and - with permission from Gardner's estate - reviewed them and assembled Gardner's narration with contextual information." August 2013 Biography and Memoir newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=667868

145e Jul 29, 2013

Well written and often interesting, but very, very tame. Most certainly not the tell all we were led to believe. If you've read any of the major bios on Ava, you know this material, and forget any revelations about Frank Sinatra---who doesn't
know he was well endowed?


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