- Gardner was born the youngest of 7 siblings in a farming community in North Carolina
- She was scouted for a Hollywood screen test aged 18 after her brother-in-law put a photo portrait he took of her in his shop window.
- Despite her almost incomprehensible Southern accent (incomprehensible to the studio execs anyway!) MGM loved her
- She was briefly considered for the role as Mrs Robinson in the Graduate, a role which was later given to the younger Anne Bancroft.
- She married Mickey Rooney in 1942 but divorced the following year. Gardner is reported to have said of the marriage, “He may have enjoyed the sex, but [goodness knows] I didn’t.”
- Her second husband was Lana Turner‘s ex-husband jazz musician Artie Shaw.
- Her third (and final) husband was Frank Sinatra who she called the love of her life.
- She once swam naked in Ernest
Hemmingway Hemingway’s pool, after which he ordered his staff “The water is not to be emptied”
- Ava Gardner died of pneumonia at the age of 67 at her London home in Ennismore Gardens, where she had lived since 1968.
- She was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the 1953 movie Mogambo but was beaten to it by Audrey Hepburn for Roman Holiday.
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