One day [during the shooting of the 1970 film The Devil’s Widow] she said to me, out of nowhere, “You know, I was very beautiful once.” I didn’t know what to say. I thought of her earlier films I’d seen. I said, “Yes, Ava, I know.”
Ava Gardner on the set of The Killers (1946)
Ava Gardner photographed by William Cronenweth for Two Girls and a Sailor (1944), in which she made an uncredited appearance.