Nov 11, 2010

REVIEW: Ava Gardner by Lee Server

"So here is how an evening out with Ava Gardner used to go. You would arrive at her place in the Hollywood hills and she would be in the pool, naked, or slouching around the apartment, half dressed. Which guy were you? Her 6 O’ Clock or her 8 O’ Clock? Did you pass another guy on the way out by the potted palm? Then you were her 8 O Clock. Fix yourself a drink would you? She had to take a bath. She would finally emerge, looking devastating, muttering something about having lost her diaphragm, and you would go to dinner; everyone would be looking and you would feel the luckiest guy on the planet. Then you would go on to a club, do the rhumba, and get properly drunk; if you were unlucky Sinatra would track you down, and would appear out of nowhere and start screaming Then the evening would really get started. What you did with yourself after that point was entirely up to you.

Sadly, the real miss Gardner is no longer round to hit the town, but Lee Server’s biography Ava Gardner is as close as we will ever get to an evening with the woman herself. Which is fine. Really it is. A book is just…. great. Honestly. Just… dandy. It’s pretty big at 500 plus pages, but there’s a large crowd gathered around this beauty and Server wants to capture them all, from the wounded T Rex that is Sinatra right down to the guy who shot her first screen text for MGM: it consisted simply of Gardner carrying a vase of flowers across a room and placing them on a table. She did it badly too: wooden and awkward and unsure of her vase placement. But, said the test director, “When Ava’s face came on that screen every guy in the room fell in love with her.”

Still, something was missing. It was a good six years before her film career took off and in that time, MGM did what they could to packaged her as standard cheesecake, fresh from the farm — filling in the dimple on her chin, shaking some of the South out of that husky voice of hers, posing her with a tennis racket in her hands, milking cows, feeding chickens; she would sneak back into the publicity office, and timidly peek at the pictures and murmur to herself, “Jeez, from the way people went on so, I thought I was better looking than that”. Your first thought is: this is the Love Goddess who brought Sinatra to his knees? She says “jeez” ? As Ava gives the runaround to the wolves of the MGM executive suit, blushing and giggling demurely as she goes, Server’s book turns into a form of whodunit, as the reader starts to wonder, what on earth happened to this sweet little thing? Where did she go?

Then Mickey Rooney shows up — a squat, priapic, yowling boy king reaching for women like they were icecream sundaes. According to Rooney, Gardner’s body had something “extra” “down there”, although he had to ask her to marry him 25 times to get to first base. Soon, it was Ava who was wandering over to him on the golf course and growling “lets fuck” — she developed “such a technique that no man would ever dominate her in bed again” — and within a year the bashful farm girl was taking a carving knife to Rooney’s sofa suite. Even by Hollywood’s standards, Gardner’s despoilation was so sudden and vertiginous as to take your the breath away, although by the time she hooks up with Howard Hughes this spitfire is giving as good as she gets; when she found out that Hughes was spying on her she took his two front teeth out with a bronze ornament. Sinatra, on the other hand, she would find most responsive to ashtrays.

Needless to say, her film career had found the jolt it was looking for and by the age of 23, with marriage number two under her belt, she was ready to lure Burt Lancaster to his doom in the Killers, where she played a woman in black satin called Kitty, which given what Kitty gets up to, is a bit like calling a ravening wolf Fido. Guided by director Robert Siodmak – “he focussed the camera on her boredom and restlessness” writes Server, Gardner “floats though the film as a kind of dream image, fever-inducing, as much talked about — thought about — as seen”. She was poised for her third marriage (to Sinatra) and for a string of movies in which she “exuded a happy-go-lucky eroticism, like a Vargas girl come to glorious life.”

This is great stuff — as inflamed as any writing about Ava Gardner out to be but also subtly attuned to the mixture of acting technique, direction and miscellaneous voodoo that make up great screen performances. Server gets movie stars, and he gets movies, which is saying something: most film biographies paw so loosely at their subjects as to leave you wondering if their writers have even visited a cinema. But Server is acute when he needs to be and dumbstruck when he needs to be; he reserves his judgments for the films and absolutely refuses to judge the people who make them —an almost perfect blend of qualities in a Hollywood biographer. This is every bit as thrilling as Server’s previous biography of Robert Mitchum, and it says something that when Mitchum and Gardner meet, on the set of My Forbidden Past, the moment has a real charge — these two hard-drinking hellions with their bruised disdain for the acting profession and moments of blind grace. That’s quite a trick for a biographer to pull off — to both immerse himself in his subjects, and yet make them utterly his own at the same time. I can’t wait to find out who he’s doing next."

— my review of Lee Server's Ava Gardner for the Sunday Times, 2006


  1. Ah, Ava. I almost missed this; so glad I scrolled down. I thought this was a marvelous biography, even better than Server's Mitchum. Her tremendous moxie and likability comes across a great deal more clearly than did Mitchum's, although that may be my thing. I would much rather spend an evening with Ava at the El Morocco than Mitchum, even at the height of his own beauty. But her slide into alcoholism and increasingly less charming behavior at the end was heartbreaking. One of these days I'll probably write up Ava, but that last quarter of the book will weigh on my thoughts.

    As an actress, she's a conundrum. Truly, she's almost never entirely good, and for such a dazzling woman her insecurities as an actress are way out front. To my mind her one wholly satisfying performance is in Night of the Iguana, where for whatever reason (the freedom of encroaching age, would be my age) she steals everything but the palm trees. But then you have Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, a gorgeous movie with the kind of grand romantic theme I am powerless to resist. Poor James Mason has to play his love scenes against her robotic siren like he's got his face up against the Bergdorf's window. She's almost always like that; in The Barefoot Contessa (if I ever want someone to like that one as much as I do, I'll have to move to France) she'll give you smoking hot in one scene and mechanical doll in another. Still, she had something, and it wasn't just the beauty and happy-go-lucky eroticism. Linda Darnell, an actress I love in a number of things, was almost as beautiful and she never managed anything like Honey Bear Kelly, let alone the moment at the end of Show Boat where Ava blows a kiss at Kathryn Grayson. I don't even much like that version, but I wait for that scene every time it's on.


    1. Young Indian College Teen Girl Posing Nude Showing Juicy Tits and Shaved Pussy Pics,Indian Young age sexy aunties pussy photo gellary.

      3gp Mobile Porn Movie.Lahore Sexy Girl Fuck In Cyber Cafe.Pakistani Fuck Video.Indian Sex Movie Real Porn Video.

      Indian Father Forced Ass Point Fucked Her 14 Years Virgin School Girl and Forced To Sucking Her Big Black Dick.

      Village Girl Force Mouth Fuck And Hard Deep Ass Point Fucking,Pakistani Sexy School Girls First Time Sex With Her Teacher.

      Desi Aunty Group Sex With Many Young Boys.Mallu Indian Aunty Group Anal Fuck Sucking Big Penis Movie.

      Naked Indian Girls Sucking Big Dick, Indian Girls Fucked Her Ass Point.Super Sexy Punjabi Bhabhi Removing Clothes and funking Nude

      Indian Girl showing nude boobs Ass photo after drink and Aunty Shows her Beautiful Curves, Indian Teen age Cute And Sexy School Girls SEXY Wallpaper

      Bollywood Nude Actress Sunny Leone Nude Photo Shoot in Saree,Kartrina kaif Looking Sexy Wearing Bra With Saree getting fucking


      South Indian Sexy Mother And Her Daughter Forced Raped By Police Officer,Homemade Indian HD porn videos Uncommon collection,bhabi sex,mom sex

      sexy Indian pornsters uncommon videos,teen self shot nude sluts,Pakistani Sex Mobile Video,Indian homemade scandal,desi bhabi scandal,teen sex

      Locla village sex video,mallu aunty sexvideo,tamil aunty sex video,indian pornstar sex video,plyboy sexy beauti sex video,talugu aunty sex video

      Bd sex video,bd scandal,desi wife fuck by boyfriend,desi bhabi sex by devor,local sex in outdoor,sex in car,indian local aunty fuck by step son,

      Indian group sex,newly married bhabi sex video,hindu wife sex video,muslim aunty sex video,punjabi aunty fuck by step son,desi model sex video

      Hot Tamil aunty,mallu aunty hot boobs,Hot chennai aunty photos without saree,aunty mulai hot image,Kerala aunty pundai pictures

      hidden photos of Indian actress,Unseen Bollywood actress photos,Dasi college girls booms photo,Pakistani India hot Girls Photos

      aunty photos without saree,Tamil aunty hot album,mallu aunty photo album,Sexy kerala pengal mulai photos,mallu aunties photo gallery

      Sunny leone open image,sunny leone nude pictures,Hollywood actress adult pic.Bollywood actress adult pic,Pornstar sexy pic.

      Indian sexy girls,desi Vabi hot booms,Savita bhabhi,hot booms,hot asian girls,sexy pussy,hot aunties hot saree photos,pakistani sexy

      »………… /´¯/)
      ……….,/¯../ /
      ………/…./ /
      (‘(…´…´…. ¯_/’…’/
      ..\’…\………. _.•´

    2. Indian Sexy Mallu Aunty Sanooja Having Sex With Her Boy Friend Home Video Clip

      Desi South Indian Housewife Gets Fucked In Doggy Style Fuck By Her Husband

      Hollywood Sexy Hot Nude Girls Movies Videos Download Sex Porn Xxx Nude Girls

      Sexy Pakistani Girl Giggling Boy Friend After Fucking Mms Video

      Sexy Cute Desi Girls Have Hot Big Boobs Body,Pakistani Girl Hot And Sexy Photos

      Indian Actress Shruti Hassan Hardcore Fucked Nude Pictures

      Sonakshi Sinha Fucked By His Father And Salman Khan

      Desi MILF Bhabhi Removing Blouse And Showing Juicy Boobs

      Naked Housewife In Wet Dress With Hairy Pussy Naked Housewife In Wet Dress

      Mallu Aunty Blowjob Video,Indian Desi Bhabhi Naked Hot Big Boobs Pics

      Indian House wife In A Hot Saree Revealing Her Cute Navel,Sunny Leone Sexy Images

      Indian Nude Desi Girl Exposing Boobs And Sexy Shaved Pussy Choot Pics,Hot And Sexy Diva Melina Showing

      Perfect Body Nude Indian Beauty Showing Her Pink pussy

      Schoolgirl Shows Her Hot Pink Virgin Pussy And Stinky Anus

      3gp XXX Hot Sexy Porn Video Ranbir Kapoor And Katrina Kaif

      Gorgeous Sunny Leone studies Her clean Shaved Pussies And Rubs It Until An Orgasm

      Hot Sexy Cute Fully Desi Maal Semi Nude Pics,Indian Bhabhi Shows Her Ass Hole And Pussy Hole

      Desi Group Sex 3 Boys Fucking A Desi Girl With Audio

      Non Desi Nude Boobs And Pussy Girls At Home And Outdoor Bathing

      Bollywood Actress katrina kaif Ride On Dick And Hardcore Fuck Nude

      Cute Desi Bangladesi Girl Strip Her Clothes And Exposed Her Big Boobs Nipples And Pussy Hole

      Telugu Hasband Forces His Wife To Do Prostitute With Clear Audio

      Desi Indian Ladki ki Blood Sex Vedio With Hindi Audio Free Download

      Marathi Guy Fucking Randi Girl In The Out Doors Inside The Borivali Park

      Indian Girl Have A Big black Dick In Her Blcak Tite Big Ass And Pussy


    3. Agra Escorts Services

      Hey, I'm Sweeti your 19yrs doll from Agra Escorts Agency .Let me melt all of your stress away, with total relaxation in Cyko escorts agency and FUN!!

      Agra escorts service
      Agra escorts service
      Agra escort
      Escort in agra
      Agra independent escorts
      Agra call girls

      Contact me For Fun in Agra

  2. While there, a plenty of companies out there in the market some companies offer better services than others
    do. This isn't just a great i - Phone app for dieters though, as it also records the carbs and protein in foods too,
    so is ideal if you are training, especially
    leading up to a match, or marathon, making sure your preparation is all it could be.
    The apps for example may be on lets say country cars giving you a bank
    of well-researched and proved information to enlighten you on which car you would like to purchase and
    its capabilities.

    Also visit my site - learning apps for kids -,

  3. Ava was the most aluring of aluring women, earthy and erotic in demeanor. She was the ultimate free spirit ! The role she played in Tennessee williams "Night of the iguana
    appeared made for her

  4. Escorts Services in Mumbai welcomes you all. Myself Priya Sharma, 23 years old Female Escorts working for
    Escorts service in Mumbai. I have much experienced and I know each and everything that how to satisfy. Mumbai Escorts

    Female Escorts in Mumbai

    Mumbai Escorts Services

    Escorts in Mumbai

    Independent Escort in Mumbai

  5. When I was in Bangalore I booked Bangalore Escorts. She has perfect body figure and I was totally
    satisfied with the services from Female Escorts Service in Bangalore. She has perfect body figure and
    gave the excellent service to me and satisfied me with the best services.

  6. I like what you shared in the article, thank you for that, it has given me more experience. I would like to share with you some interesting things, if you have free time and want to find a tool for fun read it now.deep love quotes that make you think Read and ponder the good quotes of life below, you will surely draw in life's own deep lessonsngôn tình sắc nặngOr you can go and search for the most fun games to play likenhạc chuông mario. Surely what I'm introducing to you will not disappoint you. Please click and experience. Having fun.

  7. Hey guys, my name is Karishma Sharma. I am waiting very eagerly to make your evening colorful. So, just call me at Call Girls for my best Agra Escorts Services. Find Agra call girls and escorts online today at Karishma Sharma! India's # 1 escort website
    Agra escorts Ageany

  8. I Saw Your Website Carefully. Thanks For Create Such Kind Of Informative Website. Your All Content Is Relevant To Your Subject. I Say Keep It Continue, Because Your Website And Subject Is Meaningful For The Users. I Have Recommended Your Website With My Friends Also. I Am Ritu Sharma. I Am An Independent Mumbai Escort Girl. I Deal In Mumbai Escorts service. I Am Very Hot And Sexy. Being A Mumbai Escort Girl I Have Five Years’ Experience. That’s Why I Understand The Each Personal Needs Of My Every Client. My Service Charge Is Low And Service Is Super. You Can Avail My VIP Mumbai Escorts Service At Your Home Or In Hotel. I Am Comfortable To Provide Mumbai Escorts Service In Local And Outside Also. Visit Call +91- 9OO4OO9481
    Visit The Links Below And Have A Look At My Various Mumbai Escort Services-
    Mumbai Escorts
    Mumbai Call Girls
    Mumbai Escorts In Vile

    Bandra Escorts
    Juhu Escorts
    Andheri Escorts

    Mumbai Escorts In Colaba

  9. My Name Is Priya Singh. I Run My Own Mumbai Escorts Service. I Am An Independent Mumbai Escort Girl. I Am Beautiful And Hot. My Service Charge Is Low And Service Is Super. Being Professional I Have Seven Years’ Experience As An Escort Girl. So I Understand And Feel The Real Needs And Requirement Of My Each Client. You Can Taste Me Any Time. According The Convenience You Can Avail My VIP Escort Service At Your Home Or In Hotel Also. To Book My VIP Mumbai Escort Service Call +91 9987215552. Visit

    Mumbai Call Girls
    Mumbai Escorts In Vile Parle
    Bandra Escorts
    Juhu Escorts
    Andheri Escorts
    Escort Service In Colaba

  10. My name is Arpita Jain. I run my independent Mumbai Escorts Service. I am an independent Mumbai escort girl. My service charge is low according the current market price. My service is super, because I know very well the personal requirement of my each customer. I am comfortable to provide my Mumbai Escorts Service at your home or in Hotel. Visit- Call- +91 9OO4458359
    Visit The Links Below And Have A Look At My Various Mumbai Escort Services-

    Mumbai Escorts Service
    Mumbai Escort Girls
    Juhu Escorts

    Escort Service In Mumbai

  11. Jaipur Escort Service | Call Girl in Jaipur | Hot Girls - Kia Escorts

    Call us |7339989682| ,Are you want to booking Jaipur Call Girls? We provide slim and small age call girls.Our call girls are young and well maintained. For more category wise call girls detail visit our website.

    Jaipur Escorts

  12. Pune Escorts |Pune Call Girls |Call Girls Service in Pune - Best Rate

    If you are looking for deluxe hot call girls in Pune Escorts then kia escorts gives you offer to get enjoy our call girls with fresh mind then get in touch with us. Call us 7339989682

    Pune Escorts

  13. This comment has been removed by the author.

  14. Welcome to our hight quality Mumbai Escort Agency. When you are looking best female escorts in Mumbai then this is right services for you. it may be hard to find and good escort services in entire city which provides cute and energetic escorts in Mumbai that look just good as appeared in pictures or better than their pictures. Sometimes portfolio hides the much deterioration about them. So pictures and physical appearence, both are different things. mumbai is a well-known city around the world.

    Model escorts in mumbai

    Callgirls in mumbai

    Housewifes in mumbai

    Mumbai escorts

    College girls in mumbai