Ava Gardner, la estrella de Hollywood enamorada de Madrid
It was the year 1950. Ava Gardner arrived in our country for the first time for the filming of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. The atmosphere that she came across in Madrid’s nightlife and the attractions of our culture stayed with the actress forever despite her short stay. Some say that what she really enjoyed was the absence of gossip journalists that would publish her crazy long nights of partying.
In any case, this first trip was not enough for her. She was back in our city a couple of years later, in the summer of 1953. On the verge of the premiere of Mogambo, the actress wished to spend a quiet holiday since she had just suffered an abortion. According to the biographer of Dominguín, a Spanish bullfighter with whom the Hollywood star had a torrid love affair, Ava Gardner discovered in Spain “a place that she loved where she found an atmosphere of partying and joy”.
On her first day they took her to the Prado Museum, to Chicote and to the bullfighting. Soon she was a regular in the Spanish capital’s most distinguished parties and inaugurations, dancing with Lola Flores, walking barefoot at the Puerta del Sol and even “bullfighting” the cars on Paseo de la Castellana after a whole night of partying.
Passionate and untameable, in the years that followed she went from living in the best hotels in Madrid to buying her own home in the luxurious residential area of La Moraleja and stayed to live in Spain for a while. Later on she settled into a splendid duplex on Calle Doctor Arce, where she had a few run-ins with a neighbour, General Perón, who was then exiled in Spain.
In the late 60s, she began spending some time away from Madrid, stays that got longer and longer until she finally went to live in London definitively in 1968.
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