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Julie Burchill on Ava Gardner

Great Lives, Series 31 Episode 4 of 9

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 27 August 2013

The writer Julie Burchill talks to Matthew Parris about the Hollywood star Ava Gardner. They're joined by Ava's biographer Lee Server. Often described as "the most beautiful woman in the world", Ava Gardner made 65 movies, ranging from 'Mogambo' (for which she won an Oscar nomination) to 'Maisie Goes To Reno' (for which she didn't). She had three husbands (Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra) and hundreds of lovers including Howard Hughes, David Niven, Robert Mitchum, John F.Kennedy and various playboys, beach-boys and bullfighters. She was, says Matthew Parris, a "hard-drinking, wisecracking, libidinous vamp - a liberated woman before the phrase was invented.


Matthew Parris
Interviewed Guest
Julie Burchill
Peter Everett



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