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    Letters to Ava Gardner. Ava Gardner inspired much love and loyalty from her many friends, as these four pieces of correspondence from her estate vividly prove: 1) A letter from producer Jerry Wald, dated July 18, 1951, on his RKO Studios stationery, congratulating Ava on her performance in Showboat, adding (comically) "I hate Sinatra" and (seriously) "There is nothing to stop you from becoming one of the top dramatic actresses in our Industry -- nothing except the atomic bomb", 2) a poem "To Ava" on an index card, beginning "Venus of the world and sent from heaven above..." and signed "Love, Freddie", 3) a photocopy of a poem sent to Ava by her dear friend Reg, entitled "Lavinia's the One in the Middle" and celebrating Ava's visit to Hollywood, with clever references to Sinatra, Spencer Tracy, etc., and 4) a very newsy, undated typed letter from Jess Morgan, Ava's friend and financial consultant, on the shooting of Bhowani Junction, referring to various MGM executives, the "washed up" Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds marriage, Sinatra's unhappiness with Brando during the filming of Guys and Dolls, Clark Gable's impending marriage to Kay Spreckels, and news about Lana Turner and husband Lex Barker, Grace Kelly, Robert Taylor and more. Morgan writes about the plane he was traveling on catching fire in Iceland and was surely an expert at discreetly reporting gossip. The four items give insight into Gardner's personality and the Hollywood of her heyday. Excellent condition. From the Ava Gardner Estate.

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    April, 2007
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