Before and After #186: Ava Gardner

Before


After

10 comments:

Christopher said...

Weeelll..either ones fine with me..

Robert Fiore said...

Are we sure here exactly how much of the difference here is not due to lighting and cosmetics?

Maureen said...

And these are both before the trauma of Sinatra and Lana Turner.

Kreisler said...

In a fit of jealous rage one evening Howard Hughes decided to slap Ava Gardner. Ava retaliated. As her biographer Lee Server describes it: 'The maid came with a steak to put on Ava's swollen eye, and an ambulance came for Howard Hughes.'

Vanwall said...

Kitty wasn't so innocent.

Mister Delicious said...

she is beaucoup de fly

MichaelRyerson said...

Well, obviously a great beauty, perhaps THE great beauty along with Marilyn. I've often wondered about the effect on her already fragile self esteem, the work to lose her drawl and the energy that was put into her 'education' had on her. These pictures, of course don't really reflect the 'after', this later picture is still one of a youthful, vibrant woman and we all knew her later when the drinking and smoking and general carousing had taken their toll.

Timmy said...

I agree with Michael & Christopher, here. The "after" shot should have been a still from that disaster flick she did, "Towering Airport Earthquake", or whatever it was titled. Bea Arthur loved her. But, I think she was always a beaut. Read her autobio...

Pop9 said...

So lovely...

Kimberly Lindbergs said...

Baffled by the idea that Ava's lifestyle somehow destroyed her looks later in life. At age 65 she was still lovely and making films even if most of her work was on TV. Contrary to modern opinion, we all grow old and we all die. Wrinkles, gray hairs and some extra pounds often come with the territory. I hope I look as good as Ava did at age 65 if I'm lucky enough to reach that milestone.