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Ava Gardner Biography

Birth Name:
Ava Lavinia Gardner
Birth Place:
Brogden, North Carolina, United States
Profession
Actor

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

Awards

  • 1965BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1965Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1960BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1957BAFTA Film Awards-Best Foreign Actress: nominated
  • 1953Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated

Relationships