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Ava Gardner

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Birth Name: Ava Lavinia Gardner

Birth Place: Brogden, North Carolina, United States

Birthday: December 24, 1922, Capricorn

Profession: Actor

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Fast Facts

  • Discovered when a photo of her was spotted in the window of brother-in-law Larry Tarr's Fifth Avenue photography studio by an MGM talent scout.
  • Beat out good friend Lena Horne for the role of Julie LaVerne in Show Boat. Her voice was dubbed in the film by Annette Warren, but remains on the soundtrack.
  • Lived in Spain from 1955 until 1968, when she moved to London for the rest of her life.
  • Third husband Frank Sinatra, with whom she remained friends throughout her life, paid for her medical expenses in her final illness and her funeral, but did not attend.


  • 1965, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1953, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1959, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1956, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee
  • 1964, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Foreign Actress: Nominee


  • Mary Elizabeth Gardner — Mother
  • Raymond Gardner — Brother
  • Howard Hughes — Ex-significant Other
  • Frank Sinatra — Ex-husband
  • Howard Duff — Ex-significant Other
  • Inez — Sister
  • Myra Pearce — Sister
  • George C. Scott — Ex-significant Other
  • Luis-Miguel Dominguin — Ex-significant Other
  • Jonas Bailey Gardner — Father
  • Beatrice Tarr — Sister
  • Elsie Mae — Sister
  • Mickey Rooney — Ex-husband
  • Melvin Gardner — Brother
  • Artie Shaw — Ex-husband
  • Walter Chiari — Ex-significant Other


  • Attended Atlantic Christian College, Wilson, North Carolina, United States