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Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner
Photo: MGM / Public domain / Wikimedia Commons

Birth Date

December 24, 1922


January 25, 1990


United States

Sun Sign


Natural hair color


Eye color



5 ft 6 in | 167 cm tall

Body Measurements

36-23-37 in | 91-58-94 cm


54 kg | 120 pounds

Bra Size


Shoe size

8 US | 38 EU

Early acting career First movie Breakthrough

Ava Lavinia Gardner was born in Grabtown, North Carolina, United States, on December 24, 1922, was an American actress.

Young Ava Gardner began her professional acting career with MGM, she signed contract in 1941.

She made her screen debut in short film Fancy Answers (1941) in uncredited role as Girl at Recital.

She landed her feature film debut in drama mystery Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) in role as Passerby.

She got her television debut in miniseries A.D. (1985) in role as Agrippina.

Her breakthrough performance came as Kitty Collins in noir thriller drama film The Killers (1946).

Best Movies

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Eloise Kelly in romantic drama movie Mogambo (1953).

She was nominated for the BAFTA Awards for Best Foreign Actress for her roles in films:

Bhowani Junction (1956) drama romance in role as Victoria Jones

On the Beach (1959) post-apocalyptic science fiction drama in role as Moira Davidson

She was nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Maxine Faulk in drama movie The Night of the Iguana (1964).

She was nominated for the Gold Medal Award for Best Actress for her role as Pandora Reynolds in drama romance movie Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951).

Seven Days in May (1964) political thriller with Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster

Show Boat (1951) musical romantic drama in role as Julie LaVerne

The Barefoot Contessa (1954) drama opposite Humphrey Bogart and Edmond O'Brien

Earthquake (1974) disaster doomsday with Charlton Heston, Geneviève Bujold and Victoria Principal

The Cassandra Crossing (1977) drama with Sophia Loren and Burt Lancaster

55 Days at Peking (1963) epic drama with Charlton Heston and David Niven

Knights of the Round Table (1953) historical action opposite Robert Taylor and Mel Ferrer

Best TV Shows

She played Agrippina in miniseries in six parts A.D. (1985).

She portrayed Ruth Galveston in CBS soap opera Knots Landing (1985).


Graduated from high school in Rock Ridge in 1939.

Studied at the Atlantic Christian College in Wilson, North Carolina.

Had two older brothers and four older sisters.

Frank Sinatra nicknamed her "Angel".

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1560 Vine Street in 1960.

Was a good friends with Kathryn Grayson, Ernest Hemingway and Lena Horne.

Gardner died on January 25, 1990, Westminster, United Kingdom, at the age of 67.


She was married to:

Frank Sinatra (1951-1957)

Artie Shaw (1945-1946)

Mickey Rooney (1942-1943)


She dated Howard Hughes (1943-1953), Ben Tatar (1973-1986), Prinz Alfonso von und zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg (1970-1972), George C. Scott (1964-1969), Claude Terrail (1961-1962), Tony Trabert (1959-1960), Jimmy Kind (1958-1959), Robert Evans (1957-1958), Walter Chiari (1955-1957), Mario Cabre (1950), Robert Walker (1948-1949), Robert Taylor (1948-1953), Howard Duff (1947-1950) and Chris Peterson (1944).

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