The Single Standard, John S. Robertson (1929)
By the time you read this letter, I may be dead. I have so much to tell you and perhaps very little time. Will I ever send it? I don’t know. I must find strength to write now before it’s too late, and as I write it may become clear that what happened to us had its own reason beyond our poor understanding. If this reaches you, you will know how I became yours when you didn’t know who I was or even that I existed. - Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948)
Ava Gardner on the set of On The Beach. Photos by Wayne Miller, 1959.