|Ava Gardner as Venus|
One Touch of Venus (Universal, 1948)
One Touch of Venus (1948) is a musical romantic-comedy which was adapted from a stage play of the same name. Of note, the famous comedic poet Ogden Nash co-wrote the book of the Broadway play. Not only does it star the beautiful Ava Gardner as the titular Venus, but Robert Walker (of Strangers on a Train fame) also co-stars. The film is about a window-dresser (Walker) who falls in love with a department store's beautiful statue of Venus that magically comes to life for him. Comedy, confusion, and romance ensues and the film ends with the window dresser getting a girl, not the girl (but she's pretty darn close).
|Nicolosi and Gardner near the finished product|
|Model and Statue|
"She looked it over and laughed. She said, 'That's not my figure.' And then, with a cute smile on her face, she pinched off some clay from the chest area and stuck it to the rear end. She smoothed it on with her finger and made the fanny bigger. She said, "That's more like my ass.'" (Server, 155)
|Ava in a publicity shot gazing at a copy of|
the famous classical statue, Venus de Milo:
She got nothing on you, Ava.
Server, Lee. Ava Gardner: "Love is Nothing." New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2006.