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The Barefoot Contessa

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 01/16/1991 , 128min.
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Plot & Details

The Barefoot Contessa begins at the funeral of Ava Gardner, a former Spanish peasant, cabaret dancer and movie star, who at the time of her death was a full-fledged contessa. Her life story unfolds in flashback recollections from her mourners. Film director Humphrey Bogart recalls how his career was saved when he discovered Gardner on behalf of Howard R. Hughes-like mogul Warren Stevens. Press agent Edmond O'Brien remembers how Ava was wooed and then abandoned by mercurial millionaire Marius Goring, and Italian count Rosanno Brazzi reflects on how he was able to wed the tempestuous Gardner, only to watch his world crumble after revealing on their wedding night that he was "only half a man." O'Brien received Best Supporting Actor awards at both the Academy Awards and Golden Globes in 1954.


Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1954 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Supporting Actor Edmond O'Brien Won
1954 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Story and Screenplay Joseph L. Mankiewicz Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1954 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Edmond O'Brien Won

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