Quotes From Ava

"I have only one rule in acting: trust the director and give him heart and soul."

When I lose my temper, honey, you can`t find it any place.
(Ava: My Story p. 127)

Nobody ever called it an intellectual profession.
(Ava: My Story p. 44)

If I had my life to live over again, I'd live it the same way. Maybe a few changes here or there, but nothing special. The truth is, honey, I've enjoyed my life. I've had a hell of a good time.
(Ava: My Story p. 279)

Because I was promoted as a sort of a siren and played all those sexy broads, people made the mistake of thinking I was like that off the screen. They couldn't have been more wrong.
(Ava: My Story p. 114)

Although no one believes me, I came to Hollywood…a country girl with a country girl`s simple, ordinary values.
(Ava: My Story p. 114)

I think the main reason my marriages failed is that I always loved too well but never wisely.
(Ava: My Story p. 192)

On one level, all I wanted to be was an actress, and I often felt that if only I could act, everything about my life and career would have been different. But I was never an actress – none of us kids at Metro were. We were just good to look at.
(Ava: My Story p. 188)

The truth is that the only time I'm happy is when I'm doing absolutely nothing. I don't understand people who like to work and talk about it like it was some sort of goddamn duty. Doing nothing feel like floating on warm water to me. Delightful, perfect.
(Ava: My Story p. 189)

(on why she kept acting) The answer I usually gave was, "For the loot, honey, always for the loot," and there was more truth than poetry in that remark. I had to do something and I didn't know how to do anything else.
(Ava: My Story p. 189)

What I`d really like to say about stardom is that it gave me everything I never wanted.
(Ava: My Story p 198)

Maybe I just didn`t have the temperament for stardom. I`ll never forget seeing Bette Davis at the Hilton in Madrid. I went up to her and said, "Miss Davis, I`m Ava Gardner and I`m a great fan of yours." And do you know, she behaved exactly as I wanted her to behave. "Of course you are, my dear," she said. "Of course you are." And she swept on. Now that`s a star.
(Ava: My Story p. 200)

Quotes About Ava

"She can't act. She can't talk. She's terrific. Sign her!"
-Louis B. Meyer

"She was Ava, not Ava Gardner the Star. She never believed that the image that they saw was what she really was. And she resented that that image made people expect something, when she wanted to be herself."
-Lena Horne (Ava: My Story)

She felt that life was crappy and that a lot of people got mistreated for weird reasons, and she liked to see people like each other. She was a real good dame.
-Lena Horne (Ava: My Story)

"She was exactly the opposite of the roles she played. She looked like a femme fatale and she wasn't. She was really sweet and dear and lovely..."
-Arlene Dahl (Ava: My Story)

I've always admired her as an actress and felt she was underrated because people were deceived by her beauty and did not expect more from her.
-Gregory Peck (Ava: My Story)

She had this natural poignancy and her feelings ran very deep. To my mind she developed into a fine actress. I've been telling her that for years, and she always waves it off.
-Gregory Peck (Ava: My Story)

She believed in good decent things, she really did. And to the best of her ability, she lived that way.
-Roddy McDowall (Ava: My Story)