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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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Ava Gardner Quotes:

Linda: So let me ruin you fast.
Matt Gordon: How many have you ruined?
Linda: You're my last victim, darling.


Rigby: Look, why don't you stop acting like you're alone in the jungle?
Elizabeth: I'm not?
Rigby: OK, so you are, but you'd be surprised how nice the birds and the beasts can be if you'll only give them a chance.
Elizabeth: Tell me, Rigby, do you fly, walk on all fours...or crawl?


Dr. Steinfeldt: [in the hospital, while the baroness refuses medical assistance] Don't you want to live?
Baroness Natalie Ivanoff: I *have* lived!


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She spent her final years as a recluse in her London apartment -- her only companions were her longtime housekeeper Carmen Vargas and her beloved Welsh Corgi, Morgan. Two strokes in 1986 left her partially paralyzed and bedridden. Although Gardner could easily afford her medical expenses, Sinatra wanted to pay for her to visit a specialist in the U.S., and she allowed him to make the arrangements for a medically-staffed private plane. Her last words (to her housekeeper Carmen), were, "I'm so tired", before she died of pneumonia at the age of 67. Vargas took her body home to her native North Carolina for private burial. None of her ex-husbands attended.

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#68). [1995]

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