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.


Strikingly beautiful green-eyed brunette American actress, built by MGM into their last great sex symbol. She remained best as characters whose passionate natures ruled their destinies, but was also good at expressing cynicism and world weariness. The glamorous image persisted into her three marriages, all to entertainers: Mickey Rooney (1942-1943), bandleader Artie Shaw (1945-1947), and Frank Sinatra (1951-1957). After her cinema career was over, she appeared in the TV mini-series A.D. (1984), The Long Hot Summer (1985), and Harem (1986). She died from pneumonia.

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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

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:

Eloise Y. 'Honey Bear' Kelly: This is no Sir Galahad who loves from afar. This is a two-legged boa constrictor.

Moira Davidson: Dwight... even if you don't like me, would you please hold on to me just for a moment longer?

Eloise Y. 'Honey Bear' Kelly: You and nobody else is gonna wring me out and hang me up to dry again.

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When shooting Earthquake (1974), she surprised director Mark Robson by insisting that she do her own stuntwork, which included dodging blocks of concrete and heavy steel pipes.

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

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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