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[on Ava Gardner
] Ava herself was charming. She's a real movie queen, really exciting; lovely looking, too, with marvelous legs. When she crosses the screen, you're bound to follow her.
In 1968, he accepted the Oscar for best actress in a leading role on behalf of Katharine Hepburn
, who wasn't present at the ceremony.
Directed many adaptations of books & plays and was known to be particularly skilled at interpreting stage plays for the screen