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:

Eleanor "Ellie" Holbrook: I'll make you two promises: a very good steak, medium rare, and the truth, which is very rare.


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]


Pandora Reynolds: [looking at Hendrik's painting of her] It's not like I am at all. But it's who I'd like to be.
[looking at Hendrik]
Pandora Reynolds: Why am I not like that?
Hendrik: Perhaps you haven't found what you want yet, perhaps you're unfulfilled. Perhaps you don't even know what you want, perhaps you're discontented. Discontentment often finds vent through malice and destruction.
Pandora Reynolds: [suddenly angry] Malice and destruction, is that what you think? Well perhaps I can find something here to destroy.
Hendrik: I'm quite certain you will.
Pandora Reynolds: Your painting of me perhaps. Would you like me to destroy your painting?
Hendrik: [calmly] If it would help to quiet your soul.
Pandora Reynolds: How long have you worked on it?
Hendrik: [still perfectly calm] Does it matter?
Pandora Reynolds: [picks up a palette knife] Shall I do it then?
Hendrik: By all means.
Pandora Reynolds: [Pandora uses the knife to scratch out the face of the painted Pandora. Hendrik watches then calmly and wordlessly comes over to inspect the damage]
[stunned by his calmness]
Pandora Reynolds: Aren't you angry?
Hendrik: I was angry once before. I can never be angry again.
Pandora Reynolds: [pause, then quietly] You've made me feel quite ashamed of myself. It's a new emotion, I'm not sure I like it.


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An Australian reporter found that Gardner was quite adept at foul language, and her swearing was "like a sailor and a truck driver were having a competition." She threw a glass of champagne at the reporter, who said that at the moment she did so "the only thing I could think was how bloody gorgeous the woman was.".

A statue of her from The Barefoot Contessa (1954) was given to Frank Sinatra as a gift. He kept it in his backyard garden well after their divorce. When he married Barbara Marx, she forced him to get rid of it.

There is an Ava Gardner Museum of memorabilia in Smithfield, North Carolina.

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