Ava Lavinia Gardner

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Ava Lavinia Gardner

Birthplace: Brogden, Johnston County, NC, USA
Death: Died in London, United Kingdom
Cause of death: Pneumonia
Place of Burial: Smithfield, Johnston, North Carolina, USA
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Jonas Bailey Gardner and Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Baker Gardner
Ex-wife of Mickey Rooney; Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra
Sister of Inez Gardner; Raymond Gardner; Jonas (Jack) Melvin Gardner; Melvin Gardner; Beatrice Gardner and 9 others

Occupation: Actress
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About Ava Lavinia Gardner

Ava Lavinia Gardner was a famous Hollywood beauty of the 1940s and 1950s. Her stunning looks made her one of the most popular leading ladies of the day, and her reputation for wild behavior -- and marriages to stars Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra -- made her a favorite with gossip magazines. Her best-known films include Showboat (1951) and The Barefoot Contessa (1953). She received her only Oscar nomination for Mogambo (1953). Her autobiography Ava, My Story was published after her death.

Gardner is listed as one of the American Film Institute's greatest stars of all time.

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Ava Lavinia Gardner's Timeline

December 24, 1922
Brogden, Johnston County, NC, USA
January 25, 1990
Age 67
London, United Kingdom
Smithfield, Johnston, North Carolina, USA