48 Ava Gardner Quotes from the Popular American Actress

Ava Gardner was an actress and singer from the United States.

Best Ava Gardner Quotes


I have only one rule in acting – trust the director and give him heart and soul. ~ Ava Gardner.


I do everything for a reason. Most of the time the reason is money. ~ Ava Gardner.


I know the reason why my marriages didn’t last long. I love hard, but not smart. ~ Ava Gardner.


For the loot, honey, for the loot. ~ Ava Gardner.


Doing nothing feels like floating on warm water to me. Delightful, perfect. ~ Ava Gardner.


I hate cheating. I won’t put up with it. I don’t do it myself. ~ Ava Gardner.


It’s a pity nobody believes in simple lust anymore. ~ Ava Gardner.

All I have going is my looks. When my beauty goes, I’m through. ~ Ava Gardner.


I am deeply superficial. ~ Ava Gardner.

Elizabeth Taylor is not beautiful, she is pretty – I was beautiful. ~ Ava Gardner.

Famous Ava Gardner Quotes

I either write the book or sell the jewels. And I’m kinda sentimental about the jewels. ~ Ava Gardner.


I was never an actress – none of us kids at Metro were. We were just good to look at. ~ Ava Gardner.

He will always be my Sir Galahad. ~ Ava Gardner.

Sing me not a song; let me hear your recital of veneration and respect; this I will listen to over and over when I share your need of pleasing. ~ Ava Gardner.

The truth is that the only time I’m happy is when I’m doing absolutely nothing. I don’t understand people who like to work and talk about it like it was some sort of goddamn duty. Doing nothing feel like floating on warm water to me. Delightful, perfect. ~ Ava Gardner.


After I finished my audition, the director happily said, I couldn’t talk or act. He said I was great. ~ Ava Gardner.

I suffered, I really suffered, with all three of my husbands. And I tried damn hard with all three, starting each marriage certain that it was going to last until the end of my life. Yet none of them lasted more than a year or two. ~ Ava Gardner.

Top Ava Gardner Quotes

When I’m old and gray, I want to have a house by the sea. And paint. With a lot of wonderful chums, good music, and booze around. And a damn good kitchen to cook in. ~ Ava Gardner.

I was lazy. I would have been a hell of a lot better actress had I taken it more seriously. I never had the proper respect for acting. Quite often, I learned my lines on the way to the studio. ~ Ava Gardner.

Maybe, in the final analysis, they saw me as something I wasn’t and I tried to turn them into something they could never be. I loved them all but maybe I never understood any of them. I don’t think they understood me. ~ Ava Gardner.

Just because I was cast as sirens and vixens people tend to think I am like those characters in real life. They were dead wrong about that. ~ Ava Gardner.

Oh, what the hell did I know? I went to the set the first day in full makeup and the director told me to take it off. So I did the film without makeup. I had nothing to do with anything I did. I never understood why I was so famous. ~ Ava Gardner.


I think the main reason my marriages failed is that I always loved too well but never wisely. ~ Ava Gardner.

And the news got worse. It appeared that there was this whole other person Jesus Christ whose birthday a lot of people tended to confuse with mine. I was personally outraged. It was a long time before I forgave the Lord for that. ~ Ava Gardner.

Popular Ava Gardner Quotes

Although no one believes me, I have always been a country girl and still have a country girl’s values. ~ Ava Gardner.

I don’t mind growing old. If I have to go before my time, this is how I’ll go – cigarette in one hand, glass of scotch in the other. ~ Ava Gardner.

What I’d really like to say about stardom is that it gave me everything I never wanted. ~ Ava Gardner.

And I won ’em back fair and square. So what are you going to do about it? Want to fight? Who wants the first bloody nose? ~ Ava Gardner.


Sex isn’t all that important, but it is when you love someone very much. ~ Ava Gardner.

I wish to live to 150 years old, but the day I die, I wish it to be with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of whiskey in the other. ~ Ava Gardner.

Great Ava Gardner Quotes

Fame gives you everything you never wanted. ~ Ava Gardner.

The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time. ~ Ava Gardner.

I haven’t taken an overdose of sleeping pills and called my agent. I haven’t been in jail, and I don’t go running to the psychiatrist every two minutes. That’s something of an accomplishment these days. ~ Ava Gardner.

I’ve certainly never taken the care of myself that I should have. On the contrary. I’ve done a lot of late nights without enough sleep and all that. But I’ve had fun. Whatever wrinkles are there, I’ve enjoyed getting them. ~ Ava Gardner.

Deep down, I’m pretty superficial. ~ Ava Gardner.

Because I was promoted as a sort of a siren and played all those sexy broads, people made the mistake of thinking I was like that off the screen. They couldn’t have been more wrong. ~ Ava Gardner.

Women’s liberation as a movement makes some valid points. But in the final analysis, it doesn’t matter who wears the pants – as long as there’s money in the pockets. ~ Ava Gardner.

Ultimate Ava Gardner Quotes

God knows I’ve got so many frailties myself, I ought to be able to understand and forgive them in others. But I don’t. ~ Ava Gardner.


When I lose my temper, honey, you can’t find it any place. ~ Ava Gardner.

So this was where lust was satisfied. If I’d been an old-time miner I’d have asked for my gold nugget back. ~ Ava Gardner.

After my screen test, the director clapped his hands gleefully and yelled: She can’t talk! She can’t act! She’s sensational! ~ Ava Gardner.

If I had my life to live over again, I’d live it the same way. Maybe a few changes here or there, but nothing special. The truth is, honey, I’ve enjoyed my life. I’ve had a hell of a good time. ~ Ava Gardner.

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