- Paperback: 293 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (8 July 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145162770X
- ISBN-13: 978-1451627701
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,373,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"[Makes] you feel as if you're eavesdropping. . . . Watching this Venus ply her mind games, sensuality and stubborn will on [her coauthor, Peter] Evans, it's easy to imagine what it was like to be a love object jerked on her marionette strings in her prime. You wouldn't have a chance."--Maureen Dowd "The New York Times Book Review "
"A complete delight. . . . [Gardner's] quotes exude the musk of a woman supremely indifferent to the social proprieties and expectations of her era. . . . Hers is the heartbreaking memoir of the ultimate heartbreaker."--Carrie Rickey "Philadelphia Inquirer "
"Profane, freewheeling. . . . Earthy, uncensored. . . . A tough and provocative look into the life of the compelling temptress who, though bruised, managed to stay afloat."--Sandra McElwaine "Washington Times "
"A bristling look at Hollywood attitudes and sexual manners."--David Denby "The New Yorker "
"I read "Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations "in a delirious gulp. It is absolutely terrific. I couldn't put it down. Gardner comes across as a flamboyant but tragic figure who always spoke the truth no matter how painful. And the way writer Peter Evans has shaped their conversations is truly remarkable."--Patricia Bosworth, author of Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman
"Her story is a raw-nerved revelation. . . . A vivid portrait of Gardner."--Jeanine Basinger "Chicago Tribune "
I read "Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations "in a delirious gulp. It is absolutely terrific. I couldn t put it down. Gardner comes across as a flamboyant but tragic figure who always spoke the truth no matter how painful. And the way writer Peter Evans has shaped their conversations is truly remarkable. --Patricia Bosworth, author of Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman"
Her story is a raw-nerved revelation. . . . A vivid portrait of Gardner. --Jeanine Basinger "Chicago Tribune ""
A bristling look at Hollywood attitudes and sexual manners. --David Denby "The New Yorker ""
I read Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations in a delirious gulp. It is absolutely terrific. I couldn t put it down. Gardner comes across as a flamboyant but tragic figure who always spoke the truth no matter how painful. And the way writer Peter Evans has shaped their conversations is truly remarkable. --Patricia Bosworth, author of Jane Fonda: The Private Life of a Public Woman"
"As a siren, [Gardner] held her own with [Marilyn] Monroe. And to judge by Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations, Gardner was a more interesting woman. . . . A little jewel of a book."--Harry Levins "St. Louis Post-Dispatch "
About the Author
Peter Evans was a columnist and foreign correspondent with the Daily Express (UK), and wrote for the Los Angeles Times and Vogue, as well as every major newspaper in Britain. His books include Peter Sellers: The Man Behind the Mask and Nemesis. He died in 2012.
Ava Gardner was born in Grabtown, North Carolina, in 1922. Her films include The Killers, Showboat, Mogambo, The Barefoot Contessa, The Sun Also Rises, and On the Beach. She died in London in 1990.
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Top Customer Reviews
Her volatile temper, extreme language and life long affair with alcohol and tobacco are well documented, as is her generosity, quick wit, deep unhappiness and short fuse when it came to getting her own way.
This book is a gem among other Ava biographies, in that on every page you get to 'hear' the star's own voice. Peter Evans has captured what he spent so long trying to attain, Ava's independent and complex personality.
I laughed out loud several times while reading this book, and by the end felt a profound sadness for a lady who's life (by the end of it) had taken her on a journey from the pinnacles of stardom, to a sad and somewhat lonely end.
A truly fantastic and fascinating book.
What's fascinating about this book is that it's told very much in Ava's voice. She clearly wanted to tell her story, but Peter Evans was aware that she might be editing events. Sometimes deliberately, for any number of reasons and at other times by reason of memory affected by stroke. I enjoyed reading how Evans managed to draw out every little detail he could and often, against his expectation, reach agreement with Ava Gardner that the content remain as she had recounted it.
For him, the process must have been challenging and often exhausting as she was inclined to phone him at all hours of the day and night, cancel sessions and change her mind about the content. He seems to record events with sympathy and honesty, so the reader feels like they're actually watching how the story is developing and bring edited on the hoof into the final version. Along the way, there's a lot about Ava's life, loves and career and I found her story compelling and touching. She came from a poor, but loving background and even in her early days as a Hollywood starlet, had little in the way of social graces. She wiped her knife and fork on her napkin at one posh banquet and her faux pas was pointed out afterwards by her soon to be husband, Rooney. There are some interesting snippets about other household names; Howard Hughes was exceptionally generous to her mother, for example. These stories give the book a feeling of authenticity and I really enjoyed learning more about the person behind the glamour and the image.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very nice intimate snapshot of the aging star. She was just a all believe she was. What you see is what you get and a bit of a star.Published 9 days ago by ian bresolin
difficult to rate because, due to the author's unexpected death, it is an unfinished work. but it was relentlessly downbeat. Read morePublished 10 months ago by D. E. Condon
Was expecting better - questions asked were not searching enough. She was some lady and we still don't know her proipwerly.Published 13 months ago by Mr. Guy Woodford
Not a true bio but well written. However, the conversations with the subject reveal a self centred, foul mouthed and petulant boring woman who actually did nothing worth... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Phil
THIS LADY WAS QUITE A LADY !!!. SHE REALLY KNEW HOW TOO LIVE LIFE.!!Published 15 months ago by Scarlett