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Ava Gardner Overview:

Legendary actress, Ava Gardner, was born Ava Lavinia Gardner on Dec 24, 1922 in Grabtown, NC. Gardner died at the age of 67 on Jan 25, 1990 in Westminster, London and was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Smithfield, Johnston County, NC.

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Gardner was nominated for one Oscar, she never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1953Best ActressMogambo (1953)Eloise 'Honey Bear' KellyNominated
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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Ava Gardner's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #98 on Oct 21, 1952.

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It was either write a book or sell the jewels in order to make ends meet, and chose to write a book. But she couldn’t do it on her own. She hired Peter Evans to listen to stories of her life, and to ghostwrite the book for her. In a series of lengthy interviews — some in pers... Read full article


Discovering the Museum: An Interview with Its Executive Director Deanna Brandenberger

By Rick29 on Sep 29, 2014 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

The Museum opened its doors at its permanent location officially in October 2000 in downtown Smithfield, North Carolina--which is eight miles west of Ava's birthplace. However, the idea for it was conceived much earlier by Thomas M. Banks, who met Ava when he was 12 and she was 18 in Atl... Read full article


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Ava Gardner Quotes:

Eloise Kelly: Everything snarls around this joint!


Mike Campbell: I should have thought you'd have loved being a steer, Robert.
Robert Cohn: What do you mean, Mike?
Mike Campbell: Well, they lead a sort of quiet life. They never say anything important, and they're always hanging around. I should have thought you'd have enjoyed that. Aren't you going to say anything?
Lady Brett Ashley: Oh, shut up, Mike!
[She pulls his beret down on his head]


Magnolia: Julie, nothing's changed.
Julie: [embracing Magnolia] Oh Nollie, Nollie, always true! Stay happy now.


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Frank Sinatra bought her a puppy for her birthday during their courtship, a Corgi she named Rags. For the rest of her life she always had a Corgi with her. After Rags died, she had Cara and then Morgan.

Frank Sinatra nicknamed her "Angel".

Charlton Heston revealed that Gardner behaved badly during the troubled shoot of 55 Days At Peking (1963) in his autobiography "In The Arena", such as bringing production to a halt when a Chinese extra took her picture without permission. Heston further claimed that Gardner's character was killed off simply so that the producers would no longer have to deal with her.

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