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Ava Gardner

The Secret Conversations
Evans, Peter (Book - 2013)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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.
Authors: Evans, Peter, 1933 December 10-
Title: Ava Gardner
the secret conversations
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2013.
Edition: First Simon & Shuster hardcover edition.
Characteristics: 293 pages, [8] pages of plates :,illustrations ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Includes index.
Summary: 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.
Local Note: 1 6 8 9 15 17 18 27 29 35 53 57 60 76 97 102 118 122 133 138 143 148 149 150 151 152 167 172 188 198 210 216 222 231 242 243 245 250
Alternate Title: Secret conversations
ISBN: 1451627696
9781451627695
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Evans and Ava Gardner
Subject Headings: Motion picture actors and actresses United States Biography. Gardner, Ava, 1922-1990.
Topical Term: Motion picture actors and actresses
LCCN: 2012048411
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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.

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?

Sep 17, 2013
  • athompson10 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Interesting read but very abrupt ending.

"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

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