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HOLLYWOOD — Ava Gardner was one of the most beautiful women in movies. Frank Sinatra (her third husband) loved her until the day he died. When she fell ill, he paid all her bills. A new book, “Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations,” written with ghost writer Peter Evans (who never completed the book), will soon hit bookshelves. Ava stopped work on the book many times, but kept returning to it because of money problems.

To her, sex was “being good in the feathers,” death was “pushing around the clouds,” and of herself she said, “I made movies, I made out, and I made a mess of my life.” She explains why she tried to kill Howard Hughes with an onyx ashtray; turned down playing Mrs. Robinson in “The Graduate,” and why Mickey Rooney (her first husband) was both a midget and a great lover. She describes, in depth, her stormy times with Frank Sinatra.

Ava died in 1990, and ghost writer Evans died in 2012. His editor, Ed Victor pulled it all together and made the book a bestseller in England.

When Ava filmed “Earthquake” in downtown L.A., I was invited to meet her. Unfortunately, I had poison oak all over my face from a shoot I did in the woods. Ava looked at my blistering nose and said, “That’ll teach you to put your nose in other people’s business.” I laughed so hard at her joke, we became friends!
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This year the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. You’d think after all this time we’d know the whole truth about that fatal Nov. 22 day in Dallas! For many years theories claimed Lee Harvey Oswald didn’t act alone. Theorists say CIA operatives were furious with JFK, who was trying to cut their funding because he thought they were involved in Marilyn Monroe’s death.

Now, a new documentary, “JFK: The Smoking Gun,” airing Nov. 3 on Reelz, will allege that Secret Service Agent George Hickey, riding in the car directly behind JFK, accidentally shot the president. It claims Hickey was out partying the night before with other Secret Service agents, and upon hearing the first shot (allegedly by Oswald) grabbed his gun to return fire. When the car stopped suddenly, he accidentally discharged his weapon … making him the second shooter.

How come this never came out before? Oswald died at the hands of Jack Ruby, rumored to be a CIA operative, before going to trial, and every witness to JFK’s shooting died within a year of that event. Strange that George Hickey’s so-called accident comes to light now, two years after his death when he can’t talk. Makes you wonder what else has been covered up?

© 2013 King Features Synd., Inc.

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