She always remained positive about this part of the marriage but she could not abide his control freak ways.You see the problem was this: Sinatra was already married and had three little kids. a coupla more B-words were added to her charm bracelet. This coupling, however, was one of the most volatile in the annals of Hollywood.She went along on publicity tours for other people's movies. She would accompany some big he-man star or some up-and-comer to the Mocambo or the Trocadero and she soon became enamored of what would be a lifelong love of booze and nightlife.In these heady days she would soon come to the attention of MGM's biggest star, the diminutive and horny Mickey Rooney.
She moved to Spain where bullfighting was replaced with flamenco dancing. Among the subjects discussed are my 50 Favorite Films (Feb 2012-June 2014), films and personalities of the 1960s (July 2014-July 2015), the 1940s (Aug 2015-Dec 2016), the 1970s (Jan-Aug 2017), the 1930s (Sept-Dec 2017) and 80s films (Jan-Mar 2018). Ava never doubted that she was a true movie star with movie star assistants and sycophants and studio checkbooks and movie star demands, but she never hid the fact that she felt she was not a very good actress. she was a terrific actress and many of her male costars have publicly said the same. She had not sat around day-dreaming of becoming a movie star.The part would require someone very beautiful indeed. She is breathtaking in the role and displayed a flair for comedy. She played the other woman, a predator who was taking Barbara Stanwyck's husband away from her. Julie was a mulatto and MGM-contractee, songstress Lena Horne desperately wanted the role but in 1951 the public wasn't ready for the love relationship between a half-black woman and a white man.The two actresses only have one scene together, a dramatic confrontation in Gardner's apartment. Earlier in the same year Gardner offscreen was the other woman in the life of Stanwyck's husband, actor Robert Taylor. Ava was a friend of Lena's and sick about taking the part, but she was under contract and did as she was told. She actually did sing, too, but they later scrapped her voice and someone else's voice was substituted to her utter annoyance.