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Ava Gardner’s deathbed confessions reveal stories of booze, sex and stardom

Friday, July 4th, 2014

CELEBRITY STORIES

Ava Gardner’s deathbed confessions reveal stories of booze, sex and stardom

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By Maureen Callahan
New York Post

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She was broke and alone and usually drunk, a one-time Hollywood goddess who had two choices: “I either write the book or sell the jewels,” she said. “And I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels.”

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And so, in January 1988, Ava Gardner, ravaged by booze and cigarettes and a recent stroke, called British journalist Peter Evans and asked him to ghostwrite her memoirs. What followed were the extended deathbed confessions of a legend, compiled for the first time in Evans’ last book, “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations.”

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Among the shocking revelations: first husband Mickey Rooney was such a womanizer that he cheated on Ava, then considered the most beautiful woman in the world, in their marital bed ­while she was in the hospital recovering from an appendectomy.

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“He went through the ladies like a hot knife through fudge,” she said, adding that her best friend Lana Turner ­ who’d slept with Rooney first ­ called him “Andy Hard-On.”

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Gardner went on to marry bandleader Artie Shaw ­ “another kind of bully; he was always putting me down” ­ and then, most famously, Frank Sinatra, who left his wife for her.

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While seeing Sinatra, Gardner also had an affair with the married Robert Mitchum. “I was crazy about him,” she said. When she told Mitchum that she was also seeing Sinatra, he ended things. “He said, ‘Get into a fight with him, and he won’t stop until one of you is dead,’ ” Gardner said. “He didn’t want to risk it being him.”

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Gardner was a teenage virgin from Grabtown, NC, when she was discovered by a talent scout in 1941. She’d grown up poor and uneducated, yet her mother always knew that Ava had what it took to be a movie star. So did she.

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“I wasn’t dumb,” Gardner said. “I knew that my looks might get me through the studio gates.”

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She knew she wasn’t a great actress, and didn’t much care: “A lot of my stuff ended up on the cutting-room floor,” she said. “A lot more should have.”

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After a screen test, she was signed to a seven-picture deal with MGM, and quickly became sought after by nearly every leading man in Hollywood. On her first day on the lot, she met Rooney, the 5-foot-2 star of the wholesome “Andy Hardy” series.

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“I wanted to f–k you the moment I saw you,” he told her. Gardner was 18 and innocent. “I was shocked,” she said. “I still didn’t know he was the biggest wolf on the lot . . . He’d screw anything that moved.”

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After a one-year courtship they wed, and one of Hollywood’s greatest sex symbols was a virgin on her wedding night. “I caught on very quickly,” she said.

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After Rooney came Howard Hughes. “I never loved him,” she said, adding that despite the generosity he showed her, paying for her dying mother’s medical care, he was also a racist. “Howard wouldn’t piss on a black man to put him out if he was on fire,” she said.

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Then, in 1945, she married Shaw ­ who’d also left his wife for her. But now Gardner was smoking three packs of Winstons a day and getting drunk constantly; she felt so intellectually insecure around her new husband that she finally took an IQ test.

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“He had me convinced that I was completely stupid,” Gardner said. “I didn’t have an enormous IQ, but I did have a high one.”

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One week after their first anniversary, Shaw dumped her for another woman.

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“The bastard broke my heart,” she said, and throughout her life she picked the wrong men. ­ including George C. Scott, who Gardner said would often drunkenly “beat the s–t out of me.”

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In 1951 she married Sinatra, who she later called the love of her life. Their relationship was famously tempestuous, and her best friend Turner ­ who’d also had affairs with Shaw and Sinatra ­ begged Gardner not to go through with it: “I’ve been there, honey,’ she told me. ‘Don’t do it!’ I should have listened to her.”

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Gardner had two abortions during her marriage to Sinatra, and a courtship that began with “fighting all the time, boozing and fighting,” ended the same way. They divorced in 1957, but remained close for the rest of their lives, and when Gardner pulled out of completing her memoirs, Evans suspected that Sinatra gave her the money she would have gotten for the book.

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Her decision wasn’t a complete surprise to Evans; she would later say that when she was “pushing clouds around,” he could publish their book.

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She died in 1990, at 67, from pneumonia.

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mcallahan@nypost.com

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Mickey Rooney’s Grave

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

CELEBRITY GRAVES

Mickey Rooney’s grave at Hollywood Forever

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R.I.P Mickey

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Mickey Rooney in the 1930 Census

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

1930 CENSUS

Mickey Rooney in the 1930 Census

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762 N. Hoover Street

Los Angeles, California

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MICKEY ROONEY

1920-1914

Film Actor

Homer Macauley in The Human Comedy (1943)

Rent, $40

No Radio

Census taken on April 3, 1930

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HOUSEHOLD RESIDENTS*

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  1. Nell Yule (head), 31 / divorced / Kansas / Manager / Movie actor
  2. Joseph Yule Jr. (son), 8 / New York / Actor / Screen

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NOTE: Mickey would have actually been 9 years old in April 1930.

This is a private residence. Please DO NOT disturb the occupants.

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* Information includes relationship to head of household, age / place of birth (year of arrival in this country, if applicable) / occupation / industry.

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The preceding text is taken from my book, Celebrities in the 1930 Census (McFarland & Co., Inc., 2008). This directory provides an extensive listing of household information collected for over 2,265 famous or notorious individuals who were alive during the 1930 United States Census. Please note: The above photographs do not appear in the book.

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Mickey Rooney’s Funeral

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

FUNERALS/MEMORIALS

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Mickey Rooney’s funeral held at Hollywood Forever

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Mickey Rooney’s casket at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

(Family photo / Los Angeles Times April 18, 2014)

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Mickey Rooney Obituary

Monday, April 7th, 2014

OBITUARY

Mickey Rooney dies; show-business career spanned a lifetime

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In the ‘Andy Hardy’ films, he was the All-American boy. But Mickey Rooney’s roller-coaster show-business career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life.

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By Valerie J. Nelson
Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2014

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Mickey Rooney, a celebrated child actor who embodied the All-American boy in the “Andy Hardy” films of the 1930s and ’40s and became one of the era’s top box-office draws, has died. He was 93.

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Rooney, whose roller-coaster show-business career was marked by an often-turbulent personal life, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. Los Angeles Police Commander Andrew Smith and the Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed his death.

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Click here to continue reading the Los Angeles Times obituary for Mickey Rooney

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The Hollywood Hat

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

FILM HISTORY

The Hollywood Hat: An Autographed Hat Holds the History of Early Hollywood

 

  

By Joe Biltman
Autograph Magazine 

 

“Can I have your autograph?”

 

The streets of Hollywood have teemed with autograph hunters for a century now. Brandishing an autograph book or scrap of paper, these collectors good-naturedly accost stars wherever they find them — on the street, in restaurants, at the supermarket, at gas stations, in elevators, in their cars when stopped at red lights, and even in restrooms.

 

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Mickey Rooney Drama

Friday, February 18th, 2011

BREAKING NEWS

Mickey Rooney Gets Restraining Order Against Stepson

 

 

 

February 15, 2011

 

(NewsCore) – LOS ANGELES — Hollywood veteran Mickey Rooney obtained a restraining order against his stepson Tuesday in Los Angeles, alleging that the man is trying to steal his assets, TMZ reported.

 

The 90-year-old actor claims stepson Christopher Aber, 52, “threatens, intimidates … and harasses” him and has tried to convince him to sign over his assets to him.

 

According to Rooney’s petition for the restraining order, “Mickey is extremely fearful that Chris will become physically threatening against Mickey and may even attempt to kidnap Mickey from his home.”

 

Aber and his wife were ordered to stay 100 yards away from Rooney. Rooney also asked the judge in the case to appoint a temporary conservator to help protect his assets, and the judge complied by granting conservator status to Rooney’s attorney.

 

Aber is the son of Rooney’s eighth wife, Jan Rooney, to whom he has been married since 1978.

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