She was the sex symbol who dazzled other sex symbols - Liz Taylor and Lana Turner thought her the most beautiful woman they'd ever seen, Howard Hughes proposed countless times, and husband number 3 - Frank Sinatra - was driven to attempt suicide. It was her charisma, jaw-dropping beauty and scandalous lifestyle that fuelled the legend of Ava Gardner. So how did this poor farm girl from North Carolina whose ambitions didn't reach beyond becoming a secretary in New York cope with a life in the spotlight?
Martha talks to Lee Server author of a new Ava Gardner biography.
Ava Gardner by Lee Server, published by Bloomsbury - ISBN: 0747565473