Ava Gardner by Lee Server
"Love Is Nothing"

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"The most complete and engrossing biography yet of this exotic Southern girl...Excellent."--Liz Smith


She was the sex symbol who dazzled all the other sex symbols. She was the temptress who drove Frank Sinatra to the brink of suicide and haunted him to the end of his life. Ernest Hemingway saved one of her kidney stones as a sacred memento, and Howard Hughes begged her to marry him--but she knocked out his front teeth instead.


She was one of the great icons in Hollywood history--star of The Killers, The Barefoot Contessa, and The Night of the Iguana--and one of the few whose actual life was grander and more colorful than any movie. Her jaw-dropping beauty, charismatic presence, and fabulous, scandalous adventures fueled the legend of Ava Gardner--Hollywood's most glamorous, restless and uninhibited star.


In this acclaimed first full biography of Gardner, Lee Server recreates--with great style and vivid detail--the actress's life, from her beginnings as a barefoot North Carolina farm girl to her heady days as a Hollywood goddess. He paints the full spectacle of her tumultuous private life--including her string of failed marriages to Mickey Rooney, Sinatra and Artie Shaw--and Gardner's lifelong search for adventure and love.


Ava Gardner: "Love is Nothing" is both an exceptional work of biography and a richly entertaining read.

 

About Lee Server

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Lee Server is the author of Danger Is My Business, Sam Fuller: Film Is A Battleground, and Robert Mitchum: "Baby, I Don't Care."
 
Published April 1, 2007 by St. Martin's Press. 580 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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At the ripe old age of 32, having collected three ex-husbands-Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra-Ava Gardner waxed introspective: I still believe the most important thing in life is to be l

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The New York Times

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"Ava Gardner: 'Love Is Nothing'" is a seductive book that avoids the pitfalls that come with its territory.

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The New York Times

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Lee Server's enthralling new biography could be characterized as an extended toast to this Love Goddess of the Screen.

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The Guardian

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This opportunist biography - worthless as such - exploits the rumour, gossip, lies and inflated image that are the industry's currency, turning real lives into a disappointing reduction, and proving that accuracy - and biography - are not necessarily the best ways of dealing with the subject.

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The Guardian

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Ava Gardner by Lee Server Bloomsbury £20, pp544 I've always assumed that when people harp on about the stars of today not being a patch of those in Hollywood's Golden Age, they're really just saying they have a fondness for bosomy women in tight, satin cocktail dresses with the kind of hair that ...

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Examiner

"Lee Server's book "Ava Gardner, Love is Nothing", is a proud companion to his comprehensive biography of actor Robert Mitchum.

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Deseret News

After three tumultuous marriages — to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra — she was qualified to comment.

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London Review of Books

“You’re not doing anything over there.” ‘“They put you in a bathing suit and give you a beach ball and take you down to the beach and take a picture and put a caption on it: ‘Ava Gardner, starlet, featured in a forthcoming Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film.’ You’re not doing anything.

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Naïve and sophisticated, a monogamous playgirl, an innocent hedonist, Gardner slept platonically with hunks, hung out in brothels just for the ambience and skinny-dipped through scores of celebrity pools.

Dec 07 2006 | Read Full Review of Ava Gardner: "Love Is Nothing"

Variety

Ava Gardner packed a lot of living -- and loving -- into her 67 years, and Lee Server seems hell bent on chronicling every dalliance in excruciating detail.

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