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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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By Kat_Selby on Mar 27, 2018 From All Good Things

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TMP Reads: – The Secret Conversations

By Lindsey on Feb 6, 2015 From The Motion Pictures

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: Well anyway, they both blew up in a million pieces somewhere over Berlin. But you know, Brownie, as short as it lasted, it was like being blessed for a lifetime.
John Brown-Pryce: So you hit the high spots and the gay beaches, trying to forget again.
Eloise Kelly: Yeah. Great strength of character.


Eloise Kelly: Look, Buster, don't you get overstimulated with me!


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]


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Ex-daughter-in-law of Joe Yule (Mickey Rooney's father).

Her early education was sketchy; by 1945, she had read two books, the Bible and "Gone with the Wind." In later life, she more than made up for this lack by continual self-education.

She and Robert Taylor had a brief love affair during the filming of The Bribe (1949).

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