Ava Gardner wanted sherbet. She was on the steamy set of 1953’s African adventure Mogambo, but there were no icy treats to be found in the jungle. So who became her errand boy? Her husband, Frank Sinatra.
“She just had this whim,” says biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli, “and Frank turned into her gofer.”
Frank and Ava at their wedding in 1951. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
It’s hard to imagine the swing-a-ding-dinging Chairman of the Board kowtowing to any dame, but Ava had Frank wrapped around her finger like a string, as Taraborrelli reveals in a new edition of his biography Sinatra: Behind the Legend. “Ava was tough, ambitious, aggressive and sexy, and Frank could not resist her,” the author tells Closer. “He was willing to leave his wife, Nancy, and their three children for her.”
The ensuing scandal nearly destroyed both of their careers. “Ava was looked at as a home-wrecker,” says Taraborrelli, and Frank was blasted as an adulterer by the Catholic Church. Though Frank and Ava wed in 1951, the honeymoon didn’t last.
Another wedding day snap shot from Frank and Ava's wedding. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“They never stopped fighting,” says Taraborrelli, leading Frank to make multiple suicide attempts and Ava to have two abortions. “Frank loved her with all his heart, as did Ava [him], but in the end, they were poison for each other. They were too much alike.”
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