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Bombshell on the Box – Ava alert!

February 4, 2010

THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA, Film4, Fri Feb 5, 12.40pm and Thurs 11, 12.50pm

Southern belle bombshell Ava Gardner was in the throes of her tempestuous marriage to a certain Mr Sinatra when she starred in this intelligent and handsome-looking drama in 1954. She plays a Spanish dancer who is brought to Hollywood by a millionaire and turned into a star, with his money.

Ava is said to have taken to flamenco dancing so much that it became a hobby of hers which continued long after filming continued. Perhaps it proved to be useful therapy for the unhappily married..

Humphrey Bogart and an Oscar-winning Edmond O’ Brien also star in this characteristically classy film from writer-director Joseph L Mankiewicz (of All About Eve renown).

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