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Many books have been written about the fascinating public and private life of Ava Gardner, one of the most famous and beautiful film stars of all time—but none can compare to this one by Mearene “Rene” Jordan. While some biographers had to rely on second-hand knowledge and newspaper and magazine articles that were often unreliable or deliberately inaccurate, Jordan (whose nickname is pronounced “Reenie”) was on the scene for countless real-life Gardner episodes that rivaled any fiction. It is a must-read for classic movie enthusiasts and also for those who need a reminder of what true friendship is.
As Gardner biographer Doris Rollins Cannon writes in the book’s Foreword, the Hollywood movie starand her maid/assistant/confidante “had a bond of sisterhood unheard of in the upper echelons of thefilm industry, and rarely anywhere else.” She adds, “In an era when the ‘N’ word was used harshly,freely and frequently, and movie stars were often treated like property of the studios, the two womenprotected and comforted each other as sisters, had spats like sisters, and were blessed to have eachother to lean on as they traveled the diverse and rocky paths of their lives.”
Many of the book’s real-life episodes arguably would rival some of the best fiction on the market. Theyrange from excursions with billionaire Howard Hughes and visits at the Cuban estate of the loveableErnest (“Papa”) Hemingway to painfully degrading moments in hotels, restaurants and clubs across America where blacks were not welcomed.
Posted by Nina Khan on 24th Sep 2012
I looked so forward to reading this book, and couldn't put it down. Reads like a film script, short chaper "vignettes", articulate and visual throughout. Crying out to be made into a movie or mini-series, the script is already there! Miss Jordan was a "guardian angel" in service to Miss G, trusty hands on the controls of the AVA Superliner sailing the world on a sea of dry martinis and the movie fans lapped up every drop of it! I loved it, thank you Miss Rene for telling the truth, just as Miss G had always wanted. RIP Miss G.