Rossana  Podesta

  1. Ava Gardner, The Barefoot Contessa, 1954.   Or what one US critic called: A Star is StillbornAuteur Joseph L Mankiewicz checked over several Euro-newcomers for the story based on Rita Hayworth.  Ava loved the film, hated the hype: “That  damn  advertising line  “The World’s Most Beautiful  Animal” will probably follow me around until the end of time.” Joan was far more suited to being Evelyn Nesbit Thaw. The Girl In The Red Velvet Swing. Also in the mix:  Rossana Podesta… and Elizabeth Taylor, who was not the first actress to be paid $1million for a film (Cleopatra, 1960), Ava was. Except she never got it.  She was under contract to MGM, which charged $200,000 for her services (twice her co-star Humphrey Bogart’s pay-cheque) plus 10% of the profits, which added up to $1m… while Metro was only paying her the contracted weekly salary of $60,000.


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