Spectacle and publics: Ava Gardner in Australia 1959

Murray, Virginia 2014, Spectacle and publics: Ava Gardner in Australia 1959, in CPIS 2014 : Persona, Celebrity, Publics : Proceedings of the Contemporary Publics 2014 International Symposium, Deakin University, Melbourne, Vic, pp. 1-10.

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Title Spectacle and publics: Ava Gardner in Australia 1959
Author(s) Murray, Virginia
Conference name Contemporary Publics International Symposium (2014: Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne Victoria
Conference dates 24-25 Feb. 2014
Title of proceedings CPIS 2014 : Persona, Celebrity, Publics : Proceedings of the Contemporary Publics 2014 International Symposium
Publication date 2014
Start page 1
End page 10
Total pages 10
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic
Summary Ava Gardner’s famous line about Melbourne being the right place to film a story about the end of the world was part of the spectacle created by the print media to capitalise on her presence here to film, On the Beach in 1959. Gardner’s refusal to appear in public created different responses from the Australian print media the most interesting of which was Melbourne’s The Truth. With the help of a fledgling paparazzi, Truth used Gardner’s non-appearance to create a fictitious image of her which was mediated to create extremes of public opinion in order to generate sales. This paper examines The Truth ’s response to Gardner in the context of the creation and manipulation of public spectacle.
Language eng
Field of Research 199999 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category EN.1 Other conference paper
Copyright notice ©2014, Deakin University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082904

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