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Ava Gardner

Ava GardnerAKA Ava Lavinia Gardner

Born: 24-Dec-1922
Birthplace: Brogden, NC [1]
Died: 25-Jan-1990
Location of death: London, England
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Remains: Buried, Sunset Memorial Park, Smithfield, NC

Gender: Female
Religion: Baptist [2]
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: The Barefoot Contessa


[1] Born in Brogden, North Carolina. Gardner's location of birth is sometimes given as "Grabtown", which is not an official designation but merely the nickname of an area of Brogden, one which Ava preferred. Her birthplace is also erroneously given as Smithfield (even by Britannica), which is the largest town in the area and five miles to the west of Brogden.

[2] Her father, Jonas Gardner, was Catholic. Her mother's family did not want the children raised as Catholic, thus while growing up Ava attended a Southern Baptist church. Her 1942 marriage to Mickey Rooney (a Christian Scientist at the time) was performed by a Presbyterian minister, Rev. Glenn H. Lutz. See Roland Flamini, Ava: A Biography (1983), pages 26 and 52.

Father: Jonas Gardner (tobacco farmer, d. 1935 bronchitis)
Mother: Mary Elizabeth Baker ("Molly")
Husband: Mickey Rooney (actor, m. 10-Jan-1942, div. 21-May-1943)
Husband: Artie Shaw (big band leader, m. 17-Oct-1945, div. 25-Oct-1946)
Husband: Frank Sinatra (singer, m. 7-Nov-1951, div. 5-Jul-1957)
Boyfriend: Walter Chiari (Italian actor, together 1956)
Boyfriend: Robert Evans
Boyfriend: Howard Hughes
Boyfriend: Jorge Guinle (d. 2004)

    University: Atlantic Christian College (attended)

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 1560 Vine St.
    Abortion three
    Appendectomy
    Hysterectomy Chelsea Hospital for Women, London
    Stroke 1989
    Paralyzed
    Risk Factors: Smoking, Alcoholism, Appendicitis

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Harem (9-Feb-1986)
    The Long Hot Summer (6-Oct-1985)
    Priest of Love (11-Oct-1981)
    The Kidnapping of the President (15-Aug-1980)
    City on Fire (24-May-1979)
    The Sentinel (7-Jan-1977) · Miss Logan
    The Cassandra Crossing (18-Dec-1976)
    The Blue Bird (5-Apr-1976)
    Permission to Kill (17-Oct-1975)
    Earthquake (15-Nov-1974) · Remy
    The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (18-Dec-1972)
    The Devil's Widow (Dec-1970)
    Mayerling (22-Oct-1968)
    The Bible (28-Sep-1966)
    The Night of the Iguana (6-Aug-1964) · Maxine Faulk
    Seven Days in May (12-Feb-1964) · Eleanor Holbrook
    55 Days at Peking (29-May-1963) · Baroness Natalie Ivanoff
    The Angel Wore Red (14-Apr-1960) · Soledad
    On the Beach (17-Dec-1959)
    The Naked Maja (20-Dec-1958) · Maria Cayetana, Duchess of Alba
    The Sun Also Rises (23-Aug-1957) · Lady Brett Ashley
    The Little Hut (3-May-1957) · Lady Susan Ashlow
    Bhowani Junction (1-May-1956) · Victoria Jones
    The Barefoot Contessa (29-Sep-1954) · Maria Vargas
    Knights of the Round Table (22-Dec-1953) · Guinevere
    Mogambo (9-Oct-1953) · Eloise Y. Kelly
    Ride, Vaquero! (15-Jul-1953) · Cordelia Cameron
    The Snows of Kilimanjaro (18-Aug-1952) · Cynthia
    Lone Star (8-Feb-1952) · Martha Ronda
    Show Boat (13-Jul-1951) · Julie LaVerne
    My Forbidden Past (25-Apr-1951) · Barbara
    Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (13-Apr-1951) · Pandora Reynolds
    East Side, West Side (22-Dec-1949) · Isabel Lorrison
    The Great Sinner (29-Jun-1949) · Pauline Ostrovsky
    The Bribe (3-Feb-1949) · Elizabeth Hintten
    One Touch of Venus (Aug-1948) · Venus
    The Hucksters (27-Aug-1947) · Jean Ogilvie
    Singapore (13-Aug-1947)
    The Killers (28-Aug-1946)
    Whistle Stop (25-Jan-1946)
    She Went to the Races (4-Nov-1945)
    Maisie Goes to Reno (15-Aug-1944) · Gloria Fullerton
    Three Men in White (25-May-1944)
    Ghosts on the Loose (30-Jul-1943)

Appears on the cover of:
Confidential, Sep-1957, DETAILS: When the band played on... Up in Ava Gardner's room!


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