by 1954 Dominguin`s friendship with Ava Gardner was being widely reported. He considered her the most beautiful woman he had ever seen, but liked her more, he said, for her humour and understanding; he confessed himself unsure what he looked for in women. "Men fall in love with a woman`s faults rather than her qualities," he mused.
"The most beautiful animal in the world", Ava, had been previously associated with other bullfighters, though then she was still married to Frank Sinatra, she didn`t spare any affairs during her vacations in Spain. The most spirited of them all was, no doubt, Luis Miguel Dominguin. However, the relationship was so passionate and stormy, and the fights between him and the diva were talked about.
But also they had their tender moments. It is said that in their first night of lovemaking, he got out of bed and she asked: "Where are you going?". "To go tell!" Replied the bullfighter. Years later, he admitted to a friend he made up that anecdote.
Frank Sinatra`s jealousy intervened in this affair, and it is said that on one occasion in which she was beside herself, mixing insults in English and Spanish, Luis Miguel whipped her a few slaps.
Subsequently Ava divorced Sinatra and Luis Miguel saw his chance to establish their relationship. He wanted to get marry and have children, but it wasn`t in the Hollywood actress`s plans. The idyll ended in September 1954. Years later, he was recalling with affection: "She was the prettiest and the most fierce. I had a very fierce wolf in a cage."