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Brogden, North Carolina, USA
Place of Death
Westminster, London, England
Cause of Death
Claim to Fame
The Killers (1946), The Barefoot Contessa (1954).
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Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South a daughter of a sharecropper. At age 18, her picture in the window of her brother-in- law`s New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM, leading quickly to Hollywood and a film contract based strictly on her beauty. With zero acting experience, her first 17 film roles, 1942-5, were one-line bits or little better. After her first starring role in B-grade Whistle Stop (1946), MGM loaned her to Universal for her first outstanding film, The Killers (1946). Few of her best films were made at MGM which, keeping her under contract for 17 years, used her popularity to sell many mediocre films. Perhaps as a result, she never believed in her own acting ability, but her latent talent shone brightly when brought out by a superior director, as with John Ford in Mogambo (1953) and George Cukor in Bhowani Junction (1956). After 3 failed marriages, dissatisfaction with Hollywood life prompted Ava to move to Spain in 1955; most of her subsequent films were made abroad. By this time, stardom had made the country girl a cosmopolitan, but she never overcame a deep insecurity about acting and life in the spotlight. Her last quality starring film role was in The Night of the Iguana (1964), her later work being (as she said) strictly "for the loot". She loathed the narrow-minded and restrictive approach of the major studios and was not eager to return to her past lifestyle. There were many things the Actress did not have the chance to fulfill. Whether her career or the times were to blame, one cannot say. However the multi-ethnic star solidified her acceptance, colorblindness and appreciation for diversity by "becoming a lifelong member of the NAACP in 1968"*. Also in 1968, tax trouble in Spain prompted a move to London, where she spent her last 22 years in reasonable comfort despite two strokes and a suspected auto-immune condition. Her film career did not bring her great fulfillment, but her beautiful yet exotic looks may have made it inevitable; many fans still consider her the most beautiful actress in Hollywood history. May she live on in our hearts forever!
Atlantic Christian College, Attended Classes at UCLA
www.avagardner.org/Welcome.html, www.pophistorydig.com/?p=2045, cinefagos.wordpress.com/2008/07/28/ava-gardner/
Full Name at Birth
Ava Lavinia Gardner
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Dimple in her Chin (Cleft Chin) (This subtly distinct and gorgeous feature made her a stand-out!)
Lustre-Creme Shampoo (Magazine Advertisement) 
Green eyes,Voluptuous body.
Mary Elizabeth 'Molly' Gardner
Raymond, Melvin 'Jack'
Beatrice 'Bappie', Elsie Mae, Inez
Lena Horne (Was a good friend of Lena Horne, despite the fact that they both competed for the part of 'Julie' in Show Boat (1951)), Dorothy Dandridge, Ernest Hemingway (Both were aficionados of bullfighting, though Gardner's interest in bullfighters went beyond their exploits in the ring), Burt Lancaster, Gregory Peck, Ann Sheridan, Lana Turner, Esther Williams, Marilyn Maxwell, Peggy Maley, Johnny Grant, Arlene Dahl, Bobby Short, Lillian Burns, Charlie Morrison, Cornel Wilde, Jean Wallace
Cora (Dog - Corgi), Morgan (Corgi), Rags (Corgi)
Clark Gable Movies
Nearer, My God, To Thee (Last Song Sung On The Titanic (19th Century by Sarah Flower Adams)) , Artie Shaw And Frank Sinatra (She loved the music of these fella's!)
Ernest Hemingway (Author)
Ava Gardner: "Love Is Nothing"  (Lee Server), Ava (Roland Flamini), Grabtown Girl: Ava Gardner's North Carolina Childhood and Her Enduring Ties to Home (Doris Rollins Cannon), Ava's Men: The Private Life of Ava Gardner (Jane Ellen Wayne), Ava Gardner: The Rebel (Gilles Dagneau), Ava Gardner: A Bio-Bibliography (Bio-Bibliographies in the Performing Arts) (Karin J. Fowler), Sex Lives of the Hollywood Goddesses (Nigel Cawthorne), The Golden Girls of MGM: Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Lana Turner, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, Grace Kelly and Others (Jane Ellen Wayne), Hollywood Divas : The Good, The Bad, and The Fabulous (james robert parrish)
Stewart Granger, Monica Lewis, Grace Kelly
Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress. She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946). She became one of Hollywood's leading actresses and is considered one of the most beautiful women to have ever worked in cinema. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo (1953).
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Billy Grimes (nephew), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (distant cousin) (actress)
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