Thing of Beauty
Ava Gardner as metaphor.
Sep 30, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 04 • By JOHN PODHORETZ
She was world-famous, loved by millions. And yet there’s a very real sense that if that boy from MGM hadn’t spotted her photo in that window, and she had gone to work as a secretary while attending the college to which she’d gotten a year’s scholarship, Ava Gardner would have led a more satisfying and more productive life—instead of ending up bitter, broke, and alone.
John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, is The Weekly Standard’s movie critic.