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Product details

  • 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 (79 customer reviews)
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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 "

"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

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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difficult to rate because, due to the author's unexpected death, it is an unfinished work. but it was relentlessly downbeat. the format of writing the conversations in note form, then revising them for the book resulted in repetitions which sometimes made me think 'Hey, haven't I already read that. ' All grist for the mill as far as Ava devotees are concerned. I would have liked to learned more about the fun.
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The no frills private Ava Gardner comes across brilliantly in this book, although clearly in the autumn of her life still it would seem a force of nature .
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Very pleased
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Perfect
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Not enough about her past too much present
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There was a lot of repetition in this book. On the whole I found
it disappointing.
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A movie star who, by her own admission hated making movies, Ava Gardner was a unique and original screen beauty who's fondness for booze, men and good times are legendary. This book is her story as told by her to Peter Evans, who she asked to ghost write her autobiography in the late 1980's.
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.
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This superbly written account of the life of one of Hollywood's most glamorous, complex and misunderstood stars is a must read for anyone interested in Ava Gardner, or indeed in the movie culture of the 50s to 70s. Evans brings Ava Gardner's obstinacy and awkwardness in her last years to life effortlessly. Read this and you're guaranteed to be highly entertained, totally engrossed, and learn something.
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