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Author: Gardner, Ava

Edition: First Edition

Number Of Pages: 315

EAN: 9780553071344

Release Date: 01-10-1990

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Hardcover

Details: Product Description The star of "Show Boat," "The Barefoot Contessa," and "On the Beach" sets the record straight about her spectacular life and Hollywood career From Publishers Weekly In this chatty autobiography, Gardner, who died last January at age 67, tells of her upbringing in a poor but proud Southern family, her sudden success in early-'40s Hollywood--mainly because of her beauty--and rails against MGM, which played up her cheesecake potential. She neatly sums up the problems in each of her three short marriages: Mickey Rooney was a blatant womanizer; Artie Shaw was cool and overbearing; Frank Sinatra (the two were the loves of each other's lives) was as jealous as she, leading to drunken marathon fights. Gardner also sketches a creepy portrait of Howard Hughes, who for years stopped at no machination in an unsuccessful attempt to bed and marry her. A shy woman who used drink to feel comfortable socially, Gardner seems very likable, down-home, spontaneous and sadly derogatory toward her intelligence, acting abilities--and even her beauty. Of the seven included "eulogies" from friends and colleagues, Stephen Birmingham's best captures the joy and tragedy of Gardner's life. Photos not seen by PW . Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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