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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner
a 1953 publicity photo
Personal information
Birth nameAva Lavinia Gardner
Birth dateDecember 24, 1922
Place of birthGrabtown, North Carolina, U.S.
Date of deathJanuary 25, 1990(age 67)
Death placeWestminster, London, England, UK
OccupationActress
Years active1941 - 86
Spouse-Mickey Rooney-1942-1943
-Artie Shaw-1945-1946
-Frank Sinatra-1951-1957

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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, considered one of the most beautiful women of her day. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo (1953).

She appeared in several high-profile films from the 1950s to 1970s, including The Hucksters (1947), Show Boat (1951), The Snows of Kilamanjaro (1952), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), Bhowani Junction (1956), On the Beach (1959), Seven Days in May (1964), The Night of the Iguana (1964), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972), Earthquake (1974), and The Cassandra Crossing (1976). Gardner continued to act regularly until 1986, four years before her death from pneumonia, at age 67, in 1990.

She is listed 25th among the American Film Institute's Greatest female stars.


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