Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner

The World’s Most Beautiful Animal

A new biography of screen siren Ava Gardner shows that her enduring legacy includes Palm Springs and Frank Sinatra.

Jeremy Kinser Arts & Entertainment

Despite being an award-winning actress and a top box-office draw during her heyday, Ava Gardner often generated more attention for her tumultuous personal life than her film roles. A bona-fide Hollywood legend for her unparalleled good looks (she was famously touted by MGM as “the world’s most beautiful animal”), Gardner lived up to the fanciful billing with an active social