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Rita Hayworth. Elizabeth Taylor. Marilyn Monroe. And up there with the rest of the screen siren greats, stood that pillar of a woman. In a stroke of marketing genius, her image graced entire sides of buildings to promote the film noir classic The Killers. Ava became a star, and fans came in droves.
But perhaps my favorite Ava Gardner anecdoe comes from the I Love Lucy episode where Lucy, Fred, and Ethel visit The Brown Derby restaurant, that classic restaurant that no longer exists but was, at the time (as Lucy called it) "the watering hole" for the rich and famous.
Ethel: (sees waiter walk by with dessert) Oh, boy! I'm gonna have a piece of that!
Announcer: Telephone for Ava Gardner.
Fred: Where?! Where's Ava?!
Ethel: Fred! Fred, sit down! Remember? She's "just people, like you and me."
Fred: Yeah, she might be people, but she's not like you and me!
So, with that, presenting a few favorite things of the original "Bareoot Contessa" herself -- they might slay you. ;)
Sinatra gifted her a Corgi, and they became her favorite canine companions from then on.
Ava would call up radio DJs and chat with them into the wee hours -- and make her favorite song requests. In her early years. Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" was her most frequent request.
The Fontana Sisters designed her iconic wardrobe for The Barefoot Contessa, and she remained an avid fan afterward. In fact, she campaigned for them to be her personal costume designer as part of her contract negotiations on future films.
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Several notes in the spirit of doing the right thing... Ava Gardner didn't necessarily endorse any of the products listed here, but based upon my research I do believe she really loved these things. That said, if you buy from any of the links included above rather than going straight to the vendor site from Google or another search engine, I may get a portion of your purchase at no cost to you.