With all due respect to Elizabeth Taylor, Eartha Kitt, and the rest of the international glamour pack, we firmly believe that Miss Ava Gardner was both The Most Beautiful and The Most Exciting Woman in the World. She was earthy, elegant, sensual, bawdy, and a dame we wish we had known. From The Killers to Earthquake, she was a S-T-A-R, even as she wore the mantle with nonchalance and, sometimes, disdain. Rest in peace, lovely Ava. We lift our glass to you.