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As one of the greatest stars of all time, Ava Gardner has been an icon of the 1900s.
Whether it was acting or modeling, Ava captured hearts all over the world. While Ava was visiting her sister in New York, an image of Ava displayed in the window of a Fifth Avenue shop caught the attention of the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) where she signed, at only 18 years old, a 7 year movie contract. Her soon success in The Killers led to other roles as Hemingway heroines, including The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Sun Also Rises. Ava was chosen over several screen legends by MGM to portray the role of Julie Laverne in Show Boat, one of the greatest musicals of all time. While living in Hollywood, Ava also completed several other movies, which are classics today: Lone Star, Mogambo, and The Night of the Iguana. The film most consider to be the “definitive Ava Gardner film” was The Barefoot Contessa. With this film, Ava was billed as “the most beautiful animal in the world,” and achieved international stardom.
Among Ava’s many accomplishments, she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1953, as well as a BAFTA Award, Best Actress Award, and a Golden Globe in 1964. Besides her famously known look, including her bright red lipstick and stunning green eyes, Ava is also remembered for her 3 marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra.
Since her passing, her Estate’s Trust has been passed through generations of those close to the family. There now stands a museum honoring Ava in her hometown of Smithfield, NC. Ava remains one of the greatest Hollywood Icons today.