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All About Ava Gardner with Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski on 7/29 & 7/30

Postby moira finnie » July 28th, 2017, 2:16 pm

Welcome! Here's the spot to post your queries for our visiting authors to discuss the life and career of Ava Gardner.
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In Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski's new take on the life of movie icon, "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies" (Running Press), the co-authors shift the focus from the publicity writers' descriptions of her as"the world's most beautiful animal" to her real life as a person who was an imperfect but vibrant human being and working actress. If you would like to learn more about Ava Gardner, the individual, please join us at The Silver Screen Oasis on Sat., July 29th & Sun., July 30th for an online Q & A about the actress' life and career.

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She was an astonishing beauty when young (and a more interesting one when older). as well as a movie star, and a wife to three dynamic but rather wearying men. As Anthony Usarowksi explains, beyond all that, Ava Gardner “was a real person, and she was an actor as well. There is a legacy there that needs to be looked at. It’s not just image.” The pair have fashioned a beautiful coffee table book that celebrates Gardner's humor, friendships, and vulnerability as well as making a thoughtful inquiry into the contrast between how a woman looks and how she feels in society.

Described by critics as "a compelling, photograph-rich portrait of a complex, talented actress," the book can be found at the links below, as can a link to the Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Index where you are welcome to post a question (simple registration is required to post queries). All are invited on July 29 & 30. :Please join us in this celebration of all things Ava!

To Purchase a Copy of "Ava Gardner: A Life in Movies":
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The Silver Screen Oasis Guest Authors Series:
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The Authors:

Kendra Bean, who visited the Silver Screen Oasis in 2013 to discuss her book, "Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait," is a historian and curator. She runs the popular classic film blog VivAndLarry.com. Her writing has also been published by the British Film Institute and Bright Lights Film Journal, and she has lectured on cinema at the National Portrait Gallery (London), Victoria and Albert Museum, the BFI, the San Francisco Presidio Officers' Club, and the Walt Disney Family Museum. She lives in London. Kendra's earlier visit to the SSO can be viewed here:
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Anthony Uzarowski has an MA in Film Studies from University College London. He has written articles and essays on different aspects of classic and contemporary cinema, with his work published in The Guardian, Film International, and Queerty. He lives in London, where he works at the British Library.

A podcast with the authors can be heard here: http://ticklishbusiness.podbean.com/e/b ... uzarowski/
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Re: All About Ava Gardner with Kendra Bean & Anthony Uzarowski on 7/29 & 7/30

Postby moira finnie » July 29th, 2017, 7:22 am

Good morning, Kendra & Anthony!

Thank you so much for participating here and please know that as I perused your book in a store prior to purchase recently, a stranger and I shared an exchange about the exceptional beauty of your book, which, unlike many today, features well-reproduced photos, an elegant font and a thoughtful style and content.

We will try to keep in mind that you are answering from five hours away in the UK, so let's get rolling by asking what drew you to your subject, Ava Gardner?

How did you become writing allies?

In light of the economic demands in the publishing industry and Ava Gardner's relative (but hardly deserved) obscurity, how did you convince The Running Press to publish what appears to be such a fine book?

Did the success of Kendra's first book on Vivid Leigh play a role in their decision to publish?

For our readers, both authors, posting as kendrajbean and AnthonyUzarowski, may be answering all questions.
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » July 29th, 2017, 8:56 am

Kendra and Anthony, we are so thrilled that you have taken time out of your busy schedules to share your expertise with us here at The Silver Screen Oasis. Thank you both!

While researching about Ava, did you find that there were any parallels in the lives of Vivien Leigh and Ava Gardner?

Ava seemed to always be searching for a wise man who would become a sort of quasi-father figure in her life like Ernest Hemingway, who called her "daughter," a phrase Ava's own father used, or Robert Graves. She was also hoping her initial friendship with Adlai Stevenson would develop into a closer emotioinal tie before his death. Were there any other men in her life whom she felt drawn to on a purely emotional level?
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » July 29th, 2017, 11:10 am

Thanks so much, Kendra. I can't wait to read what Anthony's response. It seems that Anthony shares your enthusiasm for the new Ava book.

Can you also share some of the difficulties you encountered trying to secure some of the images you wanted? What factors ultimately drove some of your decisions?

I'm so thrilled with your new book!
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Postby moira finnie » July 29th, 2017, 11:14 am

Thanks for the replies, Kendra, and the great questions, Christy.

It seems that Ava Gardner could be a lot of fun--and God knows she was a knockout, but she really might have undervalued her own ability as an actress. Was this due to her own uncertainty as a young woman? Did her older sister's presence with her in Hollywood help her or cause her to rebel more?

How did MGM's treatment of her affect her assessment of her acting ability?

Did she give herself any credit for her effective work in relatively early films such as The Killers, The Great Sinner, (both directed by Robert Siodmak) or Pandora and the Flying Dutchman? Her rapport with certain directors (Siodmak and Cukor, for example) or co-stars (such as her co-star Gregory Peck in three films) appears to have allowed her to express something private and vulnerable on screen. Did Ava enjoy the work more in these movies, which had varying success critically and commercially?

I have read that she was truly disappointed in her experience as Julie in Show Boat? Did that film mark a turning point in her approach to her work?

Thanks in advance for any insights you can share.
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Postby moira finnie » July 29th, 2017, 12:47 pm

Anthony, I am delighted to read that your first memory of Ava Gardner was Night of the Iguana. Her later work, in films such as the former, On the Beach, and Seven Days in May (on TCM now!) were my introductions to her unique blend of warmth, humor, and vulnerability when I was a kid. Her early, dazzling beauty is breathtaking, but her humanity in these later films made me a fan.

Do you think she ever enjoyed the work or appreciated her fine characterizations in these movies?
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Postby Sue Sue Applegate » July 29th, 2017, 1:30 pm

Like Moira, Anthony, I am happy to know that you have such a high opinion of Night of The Iguana, as I find it a wonderful performance, and John Huston was quite good at giving Ava that special attention she needed to elicit such fine performances from her, especially in the scene in the water with her Maxine's beach boys. We're so glad you're here!

Thank you both for sharing the difficulties of image acquisition. I think the photos in your book are so evocative of Ava's spirit, and find that I am also happy that you were able to focus on attracting the five senses of biography lovers by sharing information like what perfume Ava wore (Tabu) to how MGM makekup artists eventually left the sensuous cleft in her chin in its natural state.

I also enjoyed the quote from Ian McKellen concerning Ava's lack of artifice in her day-today-appearance.

Do either of you have a particular fondness for any of Ava's anecdotes or stories about her?
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