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    Ava Gardner Handwritten Letter with Extraordinary "The Bible" Content. A very telling two-page (front and back) handwritten letter penned in black and blue inks on hotel stationery by Gardner on the set of John Huston's epic The Bible: In the Beginning... (1966). It reads in part: "You can't believe what is going on in this picture and it would be impossible to tell you in a letter. I don't know when it will end but it better end soon or there won't be much left of any of us. I've had my ass whipped (or I should say head) a half dozen times by our alcoholic actor Mr. [George C.] Scott -- choked a couple of times -- I'm sporting a beautiful black eye at the moment." (Gardner and Scott had an extremely turbulent relationship during the production, one that sometimes turned violent.) It goes on from there to detail a run-in between Peter O'Toole and the local paparazzi and various production problems, and concludes with a postscript detailing the romantic misadventures of her maid and close friend Reenie Jordan. In overall Very Fine to Excellent condition with mild wear and tanning and slight staining to the upper left edges of the pages. From the Ava Gardner Estate.

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    April, 2007
    14th-15th Saturday-Sunday
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