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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747580820
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747580829
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The most complete and engrossing biography yet of this exotic Southern girl...Excellent."--Liz Smith She was the sex symbol who dazzled all the other sex symbols. She was the temptress who drove Frank Sinatra to the brink of suicide and haunted him to the end of his life. Ernest Hemingway saved one of her kidney stones as a sacred memento, and Howard Hughes begged her to marry him--but she knocked out his front teeth instead. She was one of the great icons in Hollywood history--star of "The Killers," "The Barefoot Contessa," and "The Night of the Iguana"--and one of the few whose actual life was grander and more colorful than any movie. Her jaw-dropping beauty, charismatic presence, and fabulous, scandalous adventures fueled the legend of Ava Gardner--Hollywood's most glamorous, restless and uninhibited star. "A seductive book."--"The New York Times" "Deliciously entertaining."--"Publishers Weekly" "Irresistible and finally heartbreaking."--"The ""Newark"" Star-Ledger" " " "Super."--"USA"" Today" In this acclaimed first full biography of Gardner, Lee Server recreates--with great style and vivid detail--the actress's life, from her beginnings as a barefoot North Carolina farm girl to her heady days as a Hollywood goddess. He paints the full spectacle of her tumultuous private life--including her string of failed marriages to Mickey Rooney, Sinatra and Artie Shaw--and Gardner's lifelong search for adventure and love. "Ava Gardner" ""Love is Nothing"" is both an exceptional work of biography and a richly entertaining read.

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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By H. Carlton on 26 Aug. 2007
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If you have ever watched a film starring Ava Gardner and been enchanted by her face, acting and voice, you will surely want to know how her life unravelled and what her many loves, husbands and one-night stands resulted in.....
Lee Server has used a lot of slang, presumably to match his subject, and he does give you a pretty complete picture of this somewhat wild, amoral woman. But he also makes you realise she was a very decent person and certainly her own woman.
She was a better actress than she was given credit for, and was one of those movie-stars one simply couldn't take one's eyes off....not just because of her classical beauty, but because of something warm, earthy, lovable and fascinating within her.
She did not lead a very happy life, and this book is no hagiography. But it's fascinating account of Hollywood in the 40s, 50s and 60s, shows very well how a beautiful woman like Ava Gardner could get caught up in the star-making machinery, meet men of all types, some of whom wanted to "mould" her, went her merry way the moment a man did something she didn't like, failed to have a child which might have grounded or fulfilled her, and finally grew old, lost her beauty, became ill, and died like everyone else. But not quite like everyone else because, after all, she WAS Ava Gardner. I could not put this book down. A well-researched, rivetting read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Potts on 16 Nov. 2007
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If you have ever seen a film with Ava Gardner you will understand why people thought she was one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen. Today's stars pale by comparison. This is a fantastic book that gives you an idea of the complicated person behind the image. It makes you wish you had had the chance to get to know her as a person. I bought the only copy in the English language bookshop here in Rome and it was a well-thumbed copy. I fully intend to buy the book in hardback. In fact I liked it so much I wrote to the author and asked him if he had any intentions of writing a book about Lana Turner! Another great star from the past.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Belfast Dave VINE VOICE on 26 Nov. 2008
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Finally a defining and well researched biography on this remarkable lady. I don't think that any one book will ever truly capture the uninhibited, hedonistic, hurricane of a personality that was Ava Gardner. What struck me deeply about Ava's life story, was the fact that like so many "sirens" of her time, Ava's fame, notoriety, fondness for liquor, relentless search for happiness, and flight from public scrutiny, where characteristics, flaws and traits engrained within, from their "upbringing" within the Hollywood studio system. Ava's star was on a course set for worldwide attention and admiration, almost from the very beginning, a path that was hers alone. A real "broad" and magnificent beauty, at a time in movie making when beauties truly had to be naturally beautiful.
I believe that anyone who reads this excellent biography will come away with a tinge of sadness, and empathy, for a "dame" who befriended Hollywood Royalty, Noble Royalty, homeless victims, builders, maids and butlers. Now that is a genuine "legend".
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Alan Mills on 25 April 2006
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A lengthy but addictive read about the bitter sweet life of Ava Gardner. Thorougly well researched, particularly in respect of film production and anecdotes from co-stars and others who knew or met Ava. Written in a dispassionate yet understanding style by clearly an intelligent and insightful biographer.

Any fan of Ava Gardner or a curious on-looking should read this excellent and defining biography.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William the Almost Great on 31 Jan. 2010
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I neglected to read the blurbs on the front and back cover, and so I was taken aback at how down-to-earth the writing style was, as if Ms. Gardner was talking to you personally. The reason for this was that the had recorded most of the material and this gives the book a nice, friendly feeling.

Well well written, with long stretches of gossipy tid-bits on Frank Sinatra, Artie, Shaw, and Mickey Rooney, any Hollywood buff must have this in his/her collection. Gardner was truly one of the most beautiful women ever and it is sad to read about her downhill turn to alcohol and self-pity. But beneath all that is a wild cat of a woman who lived life to the fullest. I'd recommend this book, right up there with This 'N That by Bette Davis, and Man Who Invented Rock Hudson: The Pretty Boys and Dirty Deals of Henry Willson. Also, the biography Memoirs (Penguin Modern Classics) (Tennessee Williams) is first-rate in the ground covered. Ms. Gardner's auto-bio may not be the total truth, but it is fascinating and highly entertaining.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anthony on 26 Sept. 2009
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Thank you Lee Server for such a great read. Well researched with good indexing and lots of information about Ava, including all the men in her life. If you are interested in Mickey Rooney, Howard Hughes, Artie Shaw, John Huston, Kirk Douglas, Robert Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum ....... the list goes on - you have to read this book!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Beech on 8 May 2008
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Fantastic, often hilarious, never anything other than utterly riveting portrait of a woman you'll wish you were best friends with. Rich anecdotes set during the golden age of Hollywood give this immense depth and with real emotional punch.
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