GARDNER, AVA. 1922-1990.
1. 3 Autograph Letters Signed and 3 Autograph Notes Signed ("Ava"), 8 pp, 4to and 8vo, Madrid and n.p., 1966-1973, to George Cukor, on various stationery, generally fine. Cukor and Gardner enjoyed a warm friendship from 1956 when he directed her in Bhowani Junction. In a 1966 letter from Madrid, she writes in a postscript: "George do you know a bookTHE GRADUATEby CHARLES WEBB? Mike Nichols has asked me to do a thing in it. I met him & liked him very much. If you have time let me know what you think."
2. Document Signed ("Ava Gardner"), 1 p, 4to, Culver City, January 9, 1947, on M.G.M. letterhead, allowing Gardner to provide narration for an NBC radio program, four holes punched at upper margin, fine.
3. 2 Photographs Signed ("Ava Gardner") and 5 Photographs Inscribed, all 8 by 10 inch silver prints, generally fine. The 5 inscribed photos are production stills from Roddy MacDowall's directorial debut, Tam-Lin starring Gardner. They generally show MacDowall directing Gardner, and feature witty and ribald inscriptions from Gardner superimposed on the scene. Over a close up of Gardner's face, she's written: "Take your bags and go!" Over a scene of MacDowall's hand near her neck, she writes: "Off comes your head, poor bitch." And over a picture of MacDowall pointing at Gardner's chest, she writes: "You got to feel it right there babyorfrom your left tit."
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