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Ava: A Life In Movies Book Review


“Ava: A Life In Movies” is a thorough biography.

Written by authors Kendra Bean and Anthony Uzarowski, “Ava: A Life In Movies” is a Running Press biography book about actress Ava Gardner. The book covers what you have come to expect from bios which, in this case, is Ava’s childhood, her tomboyish personality, her time in New York, her contract with MGM, her husbands and romances with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Mickey Rooney, her film career which included classics like “Show Boat,” “The Barefoot Contessa,” and “The Bible,” her post MGM career, friendships with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Gregory Peck, and the later years of her life and career.

For those fascinated by the old Hollywood era and or classic actress Ava Gardner, “Ava: A Life In Movies” is the book for you. Not only is it an overall well rounded recap of her life, but there’s so much material to absorb here. From a visual standpoint, readers get to pour over a ton of film stills, behind-the-scenes photos, publicity pictures, magazine covers, and other rare photos. From a writing standpoint, you learn so many personal stories including the troubles on the set of “55 Days At Peking,” Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner winding up in jail, how much friendships meant to her, her work with top movie stars and filmmakers, as well as her time in Spain. Basically, the book encompasses all aspects of her life.

Above all else though, it’s just interesting to read about the underrated actress. Even though she is a household name, her filmography wasn’t the biggest and brightest like many of her colleagues of that time period. She was in hits and gems to be sure, but a majority of the films she starred in aren’t exactly well known by many. As such, it was really interesting to learn about her time making some of these obscure films as well as the films themselves. It certainly makes you (the reader) want to check out more of her work.

Note: The book concludes with a bibliography, chapter notes, photo credits, acknowledgments and index.

August 7, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , ,

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