The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

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.