Ava Gardner (December 24, 1922 - January 25, 1990) was an United States actress.
Ava Lavinia Gardner was born in the small farming community of Grabtown, Johnston County, North Carolina, the last of 7 children of poor tobacco farmers.
She was married to Mickey Rooney from 1941 to 1943, to Artie Shaw from 1945 to 1946, and to Frank Sinatra from 1948 to 1957.
She died of pneumonia in London, England.
Ava Gardner is interred in the Sunset Memorial Park, Smithfield, North Carolina; the town of Smithfield now has an Ava Gardner Museum.
- The Night of the Iguana (1964)
- On the beach (1959)
- The Sun Also Rises (1957)
- Bhowani Junction (1956)
- The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
- Mogambo (1953) (Academy Award nomination, "Best Actress")
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952)
- Show Boat (1951)
- Whistle Stop (1946)
- The Killers (1946)