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Ava Gardner

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Music Clips:

  • Click here "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine (outtake)" (clip) from SHOW BOAT (1951) (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).
    *This unused recording by Ava was deemed inadequate by MGM which later brought in Annette Warren to dub Ava's voice for the number.
  • Click here "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man of Mine" (clip) from SHOW BOAT (1951) sung by Annette Warren (dubbing for Ava) (a .MP3 file courtesy CBS Records).
  • Click here"Knights of the Round Table" (clip) from KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE (1953) by Miklos Rozsa (a .MP3 file courtesy Rhino Records).
  • Click here"Suite" (clip) from THE SUN ALSO RISES (1957) by Hugo Friedhofer (a .MP3 file).
  • Click here"Main Title" (clip) from ON THE BEACH (1959) by Ernest Gold (a .MP3 file).
  • Click here"Main Title" (clip) from 55 DAYS AT PEKING (1963) by Dmitri Tiomkin (a .MP3 file).
  • Click here"Overture" (clip) from 55 DAYS AT PEKING (1963) by Dmitri Tiomkin (a .MP3 file).

(For help opening any of the multimedia files, visit the plug-ins page.)

Memorable Quotations:

  • "I hate violence, Mr. Anderson. The idea of two men beating each other to a pulp makes me ill." --as Kitty Collins in THE KILLERS (1946).
  • "Look, buster.  Don't you get over-stimulated with me." --as Eloise Kelly in MOGAMBO (1953).
  • "You'll have to excuse me, but I left my cap and gown at the cleaners." --as Eloise Kelly in MOGAMBO (1953).
  • "Gorillas! A month ago I was buying a bra at Macy's and now I'm studying gorillas yet." --as Eloise Kelly in MOGAMBO (1953).
  • "I cannot bear to watch sick people be sick." --as Maria Vargas in THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954).
  • "To a girl with nothing, a man with hundreds is just as rich as a man with millions." --as Maria Vargas in THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954).
  • "You cannot rent a prince." --as Maria Vargas in THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954).
  • "Do you always kill your friends?" --as Lady Brett Ashley in THE SUN ALSO RISES (1957).
  • "You're looking for me." --as Moira Davidson in ON THE BEACH (1959).
  • "I can't decide if I'm more objectionable drunk or sober." --as Moira Davidson in ON THE BEACH (1959).
  • "You look married." --as Moira Davidson in ON THE BEACH (1959).
  • "You know, I think I've discovered why you fascinate me.  Shall I tell you?... Because you take me for granted.  I know women aren't supposed to like that sort of thing, but somehow I do.  I've been treated in every other way -- like a child, and sometimes like, well, like things I've probably deserved -- but I've never been pushed around in such a nice way and treated something like a wife.  I suppose what I mean is, like an American wife." --as Moira Davidson in ON THE BEACH (1959).
  • "Just because you got a late start, I don't know why you expect to be any less mixed up than everybody else." --as Soledad in THE ANGEL WORE RED (1960).
  • "Do me a favor.  Don't complicate my life right now." --as Ellie Holbrook in SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964).
  • "Don't you ever get tired?" --as Remy Royce-Graff in EARTHQUAKE (1974).
  • Click here "You know, if it wasn't 7:30 in the morning, I would have a drink." --as Remy Royce-Graff in EARTHQUAKE (1974) (a .WAV file).

Further Reading:

  • Grabtown girl: Ava Gardner's North Carolina childhood and her enduring ties to home by Doris Rollins Cannon (Asheboro, N.C.: Down Home Press, 2001).
  • Ava Gardner: a bio-bibliography by Karin J. Fowler (New York: Greenwood Press, 1990).
  • Ava: My Story by Ava Gardner (New York: Bantam Books, 1990).
  • Ava: a biography by Roland Flamini (New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1983).
  • Ava Gardner by John Daniell (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1982).
  • Ava Gardner: an illustrated history of the movies by Judith M. Kass (New York: Jove Publications Inc., 1977).
  • Ava: a life story by Charles Higham (New York: Delacorte Press, 1974).
  • Ava: portrait of a star by David Hanna (New York: Putnam, 1960).
  • The Golden Girls of MGM by Jane Ellen Wayne (New York: Carroll & Graf, 2003).
  • Femme Noir: The Bad Girls of Film by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 1998).
  • The Hollywood Beauties by James Robert Parish (New Rochelle, NY: Arlington House, 1978).
  • Glamour Girls (New York: Starlog Press, 1983).
  • Lovers: great romances of our time through the eyes of legendary writers by John Miller and Aaron Kenedi (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1999).

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