Books About Ava
We are often asked at the museum which books best depict the real story of Ava Gardner. While vast amounts have been written about Ava since she first made her name in Hollywood, many authors present sensationalized characterizations or "tabloid stories".
For the most accurate portrayal, the Ava Gardner Museum suggests the following books:
AVA: MY STORY by Ava Gardner
In this rare, out-of-print autobiography, Ava Gardner tells the story of her own life and career as she experienced it. This memoir is a must read for all Ava fans!
LIVING WITH MISS G by Mearene Jordan
As one of her closest friends and confidantes, almost no one knew the real Ava Gardner better than Mearene "Rene" Jordan. This book explores what it was like to be best friends and a constant companion with one of the world's most beautiful movie stars.
GRABTOWN GIRL by Doris Rollins Cannon
Discover how Ava Gardner’s strong family ties and rural upbringing shaped her character and personality with this unique book written by North Carolina journalist Doris Rollins Cannon.
These books as well as several others we recommend are available in our gift shop.