Don't think for a minute that bad publicity and endless criticism don't leave their claw marks on everyone concerned. Your friends try to cheer you up by saying lightly, "I suppose you get used to it, and ignore it." You try. You try damned hard. But you never get used to it. It always wounds and hurts.— Ava Gardner
The most sensational Ava Gardner quotes that are glad to read
I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other.
When I'm old and gray, I want to have a house by the sea.
And paint. With a lot of wonderful chums, good music, and booze around. And a damn good kitchen to cook in.
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.
Although no one believes me, I have always been a country girl and still have a country girl's values
I don't mind growing old. If I have to go before my time, this is how I'll go-- cigarette in one hand, glass of scotch in the other.
Sex isn't all that important, but it is when you love someone very much.
Oh, what the hell did I know? I went to the set the first day in full makeup and the director told me to take it off. So I did the film without makeup. I had nothing to do with anything I did. I never understood why I was so famous.
Petting is the study of the anatomy in braille.
Deep down, I'm pretty superficial.
I want to remember it all, the good times and the bad times, the late nights, the boozing, the dancing into dawns, and all the great and not-so-great people I met and loved in those years.
Doing nothing feels like floating on warm water to me. Delightful, perfect.
After my screen test, the director clapped his hands gleefully and yelled: “She can't talk! She can't act! She's sensational!”
I've certainly never taken the care of myself that I should have.
On the contrary. I've done a lot of late nights without enough sleep and all that. But I've had fun. Whatever wrinkles are there, I've enjoyed getting them.
Fame and fortune does not mean anything if you don't have a happy home.
Sing me not a song; let me hear your recital of veneration and respect; this I will listen to over and over when I share your need of pleasing.
I haven't taken an overdose of sleeping pills and called my agent.
I haven't been in jail, and I don't go running to the psychiatrist every two minutes. That's something of an accomplishment these days.
So this was where lust was satisfied.
If I'd been an old-time miner I'd have asked for my gold nugget back.
I was never an actress -- none of us kids at Metro were. We were just good to look at.
And the news got worse. It appeared that there was this whole other person Jesus Christ whose birthday a lot of people tended to confuse with mine. I was personally outraged. It was a long time before I forgave the Lord for that.
I thought I was making fifty dollars a week [at MGM], but it turned out to be $35 because twelve weeks of the year you were on layoff. It was white slavery, and it lasted for seventeen years.
I don't understand people who like to work and talk about it like it was some sort of goddamn duty. Doing nothing feels like floating on warm water to me. Delightful, perfect.
I couldn't imagine a better place [Australia] for making a film on the end of the world.
Love is nothing but a pain in the ass
He will always be my Sir Galahad.
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.
I do everything for a reason. Most of the time the reason is money.
All I have going is my looks. When my beauty goes, I'm through.
When I lose my temper, honey, you can't find it any place.
Maybe, in the final analysis, they saw me as something I wasn't and I tried to turn them into something they could never be. I loved them all but maybe I never understood any of them. I don't think they understood me.
What I'd really like to say about stardom is that it gave me everything I never wanted.
I either write the book or sell the jewels. And I'm kinda sentimental about the jewels.
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.
Our phone bills were astronomical, and when I found the letters Frank wrote me the other day, the total could fill a suitcase. Every single day during our relationship, no matter where in the world I was, I'd get a telegram from Frank saying he loved me and missed me. He was a man who was deseperate for companionship and love. Can you wonder that he always had mine!
Elizabeth Taylor is not beautiful, she is pretty—I was beautiful.
Some people say Liz and I are whores, but we are saints.
We do not hide our loves hypocritically, and when in love, we are loyal and faithful to our men. On the subject of her multiple marriages
I must have seen more sunrises than any other actress in the history of Hollywood.
I am deeply superficial.
God knows I've got so many frailties myself, I ought to be able to understand and forgive them in others. But I don't.
Women's liberation as a movement makes some valid points.
But in the final analysis, it doesn't matter who wears the pants - as long as there's money in the pockets.
I hate cheating. I won’t put up with it. I don’t do it myself.
It’s a pity nobody believes in simple lust anymore.
I was lazy. I would have been a hell of a lot better actress had I taken it more seriously. I never had the proper respect for acting. Quite often, I learned my lines on the way to the studio.
Hollywood - that's a place where love is viewed both pragmatically and philosophically in the saying, 'Tis better to have loved and divorced than never to have had any publicity at all.
I suffered, I really suffered, with all three of my husbands.
And I tried damn hard with all three, starting each marriage certain that it was going to last until the end of my life. Yet none of them lasted more than a year or two.