Happy Birthday: Ava Gardner (1922–1990)

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avagardner.jpgAva Gardner (1922–1990)

Born: December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, USA
Died: January 25, 1990 (age 67) in Westminster, London, England, UK

[when asked if her time at MGM had been any fun at all] Christ, after 17 years of slavery, you can ask that question? I hated it, honey. I mean, I’m not exactly stupid or without feeling, and they tried to sell me like a prize hog.

[on her career] Christ, what did I ever do worth talking about? Every time I tried to act, they stepped on me. That’s why it’s such a goddamn shame, I’ve been a movie star for 25 years and I’ve got nothing, nothing, to show for it.

I really had very little to contribute, so I played a lot of hatcheck girls, and did mob scenes, extra scenes, dancing scenes, just to have the experience of being on a set. I…

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