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Brogden, North Carolina, USA
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Westminster, London, England
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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/
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Ava Lavinia Gardner
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Dimple in her Chin (Cleft Chin) (This subtly distinct and gorgeous feature made her a stand-out!)
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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)
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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.
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Billy Grimes (nephew), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (distant cousin) (actress)
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Ava Gardner died on 25th January, 1990. Her last relationship was with George C. Scott.
During her life she was married to Frank Sinatra from 1951 to 1957, Artie Shaw from 1945 to 1946 and Mickey Rooney from 1942 to 1943.
She also dated George C. Scott from 1970 to 1964, Kirk Douglas in 1963, Claude Terrail from 1961 to 1962, Tony Trabert in 1959, Peter Viertel in 1958, Johnny Stompanato in 1958, Robert Evans from 1957 to 1958, Ernest Hemingway in 1957, Marlon Brando in 1957, Walter Chiari from 1956 to 1957, Vic Damone in 1955, Luis Miguel Dominguín from 1955 to 1954, Steve McQueen in 1955, Billy Daniels in 1954, Joseph L. Mankiewicz in 1954, David Hanna in 1954, Fernando Lamas in 1952, Howard Duff in 1950, Mario Cabre in 1950, Robert Mitchum in 1949, Van Heflin in 1949, Peter Lawford in 1949, Huntington Hartford in 1948, Robert Taylor from 1948 to 1953, Greg Bautzer in 1947, Turhan Bey in 1947, Irving Reis in 1947, Robert Walker in 1947, Paul Bryan in 1947, Chris Peterson in 1944, Mervyn LeRoy in 1944, Alexander D'Arcy in 1944, Howard Hughes from 1943 to 1953, Peter O'Toole, Porfirio Rubirosa, John Huston, Joseph M. Schenck, Prinz Alfonso von und zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Robert Stack, Sammy Davis Jr., Farley Granger, John Carroll, Omar Sharif, Mel Tormé, Ralph Kiner, Bugsy Siegel, Mickey Cohen, Earl Muntz, Frank Ryan, Dick Cowell, Charles Feldman, Sydney Guilaroff, Vinicius de Moraes, Paul Brooks, David Remar, John F. Kennedy and Jorge Guinle.
Ava Gardner was rumored to have hooked up with Jimmy Kind in 1958, Barbara Payton in 1952 and Lana Turner in 1952.