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He may sell Eric Clapton’s memoirs for a reported £2.6 million one day and have his client John Banville win the Booker Prize the next, but he also likes quirky endeavours such as the The Obvious Diet, which he wrote in 2001 after shedding 40lb from his 6ft 4in frame.
In Ava Gardner: The Secret Conversations, Victor managed to combine the literary gold he has always been able to spot with a nostalgic journey back into his own childhood and his student days at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.
As for the book, Evans was having a tough time with the ageing star, and the project was abandoned after she died, and for much of the 1990s, during which time Victor suffered leukaemia.
But his resolve to have Gardner’s memoirs published never wavered. Evans describes how Gardner swung between bouts of introspectiveness and self-doubt to bursts of jaw-dropping candour over the years they worked on the book together.
“There was my father warning his 46-year-old son that one of the most iconic actresses of both our lifetimes might 'try to seduce me’.” Seduce him, Gardner did — though, at 64, it was with her story and wit, not that once sinfully beautiful face and body.Sinatra kept his regret private until his death but his “rock bottom” during the divorce, Nancy claimed.Sinatra married Nancy Barbato - who is still alive and aged 97 - in 1939 and they had three children before divorcing in 1951.“But there was a tension in the situation because she still behaved like a sex goddess.She was debauched, though, a big boozer who smoked three packs a day.