Mon. May 27th, 2024

Sinatra and Gardner: IISG [CC BY-SA]; Dolly: RCA Records [Public domain]

S5E3: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning | Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra & Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner’s Work Divorce


Alicia’s been tangling the web, but you may not be ready for the trashy affair, marriage, affairs, and divorce of Frank Sinatra and his second wife, movie legend Ava Gardner. It’s our third installment of Ocean’s 11: Twelve Degrees of Frank Sinatra, and this one’s got all the trashcandy.

Then, it’s Dolly Parton’s birthday today, and to honor the queen of our hearts, we get into the start of her career, when country superstar Porter Wagoner plucked her from obscurity to be his “Girl Singer.” Seven years later, her split from him drove him off the stage and into a courtroom, but Dolly would always love him anyway.

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Alicia’s Receipts:

Ava: My Story, by Ava Gardner

Episode Soundtrack:











I’m not sure if this made it into the episode or not, but Dolly is Miley Cyrus’s godmother.


Queen Whitney’s version is… uh… is there a bigger word than phenomenal? Excellent? Perfect?

Little Gilmore Girls love, because why not?



Easter egg: This clip is from the same show where Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert fell in love on camera (somewhat uncomfortably for the viewer).

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