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She was said to be the "true love" of Sinatra. She was also regarded as one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. She also had affairs with the Spanish bullfighters Luis Miguel Dominguin and Mario Cabrй, industrialist Howard Hughes, and actor George C. Scott, in the mid-1960s.
Ava Gardner (December 24, 1922 — January 25, 1990) was an American actress.
Ava Lavinia Gardner was born in the small farming community of Grabtown, Johnston County, North Carolina, the last of seven children of poor tobacco farmers, said to be of Melungeon bloodline.
Gardner made several movies before 1946, but it wasn't until she starred in The Killers that she became known as a sex symbol and hot movie star. She married Mickey Rooney when she was only 19 years old in 1941 (they divorced in 1943), then to Artie Shaw from 1945 to 1946, and to Frank Sinatra from 1951 to 1957.
(Scott, known for beating other women such as wives Colleen Dewhurst and Trish Van Devere, was rumoured to have beaten Gardner during their relationship so badly that her retina became detached.)
Gardner was nominated for an Oscar for 1953's Mogambo. She lost to Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Many thought Gardner's greatest performance was as Maxine Faulk in The Night of the Iguana, for which she was not even nominated. Grayson Hall, as the hysterical Miss Judith Fellowes, however, was nominated, albeit in the best supporting actress category.
She met author J.R.R. Tolkien at Oxford University in November 1964. Neither was aware of the fame of the other. Gardner publically admitted to having had an abortion.
After a stroke in 1989, which left her partially paralyzed and bedridden, Frank Sinatra paid all her medical expenses. She died of pneumonia in London, England at the age of 67 in 1990.
Ava Gardner is interred in the Sunset Memorial Park, Smithfield, North Carolina; the town of Smithfield now has an Ava Gardner Museum.
Gardner is portrayed by Kate Beckinsale in The Aviator (2004), a film by Martin Scorsese about Howard Hughes. In the 1998 Movie "The Rat Pack" she was portrayed by Deborah Kara Unger.
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H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
Sunday Punch (1942)
We Do It Because- (1942) (short subject)
This Time for Keeps (1942)
Kid Glove Killer (1942)
Calling Dr. Gillespie (1942)
Mighty Lak a Goat (1942) (short subject)
Reunion in France (1942)
Pilot #5 (1943)
Hitler's Madman (1943)
Ghosts on the Loose (1943)
Young Ideas (1943)
Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Swing Fever (1943)
Lost Angel (1943)
Three Men in White (1944)
Two Girls and a Sailor (1944)
Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)
Blonde Fever (1944)
Music for Millions (1944)
She Went to the Races (1945)
Whistle Stop (1946)
The Killers (1946)
The Hucksters (1947)
One Touch of Venus (1948)
The Bribe (1949)
The Great Sinner (1949)
East Side, West Side (1949)
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951)
My Forbidden Past (1951)
Show Boat (1951)
Lone Star (1952)
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Ride, Vaquero! (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953) (cameo)
The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Bhowani Junction (1956)
The Little Hut (1957)
The Sun Also Rises (1957)
The Naked Maja (1959)
On the Beach (1959)
The Angel Wore Red (1960)
55 Days at Peking (1963)
On the Trail of the Iguana (1964) (short subject)
Seven Days in May (1964)
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
The Bible (1966)
Vienna: The Years Remembered (1968) (short subject)
Tam Lin (1970)
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Permission to Kill (1975)
The Blue Bird (1976)
The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
The Sentinel (1977)
City on Fire (1979)
The Kidnapping of the President (1980)
Priest of Love (1981)
Regina Roma (1982)
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