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Ava Gardner (Ava Lavinia Gardner)

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Biography

Grabtown, North Carolina, USA
Ava Lavina Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, to Mary Elizabeth (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner. Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South. At age 18, her picture in the window of her brother-in- law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM, leading quickly to Hollywood and a film contract based strictly on her beauty. With zero acting experience, her first 17 film roles, 1942-1945, were one-line bits or little better. Read more...

Actor

Character: Marie - Salesgirl

Reunion in France 1942

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Character: Gloria Fullerton

Maisie Goes to Reno 1944

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Character: Jean Ogilvie

The Hucksters 1947

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Character: Elizabeth Hintten

The Bribe 1949

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Character: Isabel Lorrison

East Side, West Side 1949

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Character: Pandora Reynolds

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman 1951

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Character: Cynthia Green

The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1952

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Character: Martha Ronda

Lone Star 1952

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Character: Lady Susan Ashlow

The Little Hut 1957

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Character: Baroness Natalie Ivanoff

55 Days at Peking 1963

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Character: Maxine Faulk

The Night of the Iguana 1964

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Character: Michaela Cazaret

The Ballad of Tam Lin 1970

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Character: Herself - at Banquet / Clip from 1951 version of 'Show Boat'

That's Entertainment! 1974

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Character: Eleanor Holbrook

Seven Days in May 1964

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Character: Victoria Jones

Bhowani Junction 1956

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Character: Actress in 'Judge Roy Bean'

Legends of the West 1992

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Character: Maria Cayetana, Duchess of Alba

The Naked Maja 1958

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