Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner

Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Lowest Rated: 0% Gator (1976)

Birthday: Dec 24, 1922

Birthplace: Brogden, North Carolina, USA

Ava Gardner began her career first as a model, then as a contract player at MGM, where her gawky, unsophisticated demeanor was totally made over by the studio into an image of inaccessible glamour. Gardner toiled in tiny bit roles, finally getting a worthwhile one on loan-out to Universal in The Killers (1946). MGM was never very comfortable with the bad-girl persona she displayed so well in this film, and, thus, most of her starring appearances at her home studio were relatively sympathetic roles in The Hucksters (1947) and Show Boat (1951). Her cinema reputation as The World's Most Beautiful Animal (in the words of a '50s publicity campaign) was once again manifested in loan-out movies like Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951) and The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952). MGM eventually came to terms with the elements that made Gardner popular, notably in the gutsy Mogambo (1953), in which she made an excellent partner to the equally earthy Clark Gable. Director George Cukor was much taken by Gardner and cast the actress in her best and most complex MGM role in Bhowani Junction (1956), in which she was torn not only by love but also clashing East Indian cultural values. Gardner was equally well served in The Barefoot Contessa (1954), which, in many ways, was a replay of her own rags-to-riches personal story. The actress was cast in some of her best parts during the '60s, notably in Seven Days in May and Night of the Iguana (both 1964), but the pace of her jet-setting lifestyle and increasing personal problems began to show. With roles and public appearances steadily decreasing, she died on January 25, 1990. She was married and divorced three times -- to Mickey Rooney, Frank Sinatra, and Artie Shaw.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet All Night Long (La Noche Que No Acaba) Actor 2010
No Score Yet Ghosts On The Loose Actor 2000
100% That's Entertainment! III Actor 1994
No Score Yet Harem Kadin 1986
No Score Yet The Long Hot Summer Minnie 1985
No Score Yet Regina Mama 1983
79% Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid Actor 1982
No Score Yet Priest Of Love Mabel Dodge Luhan 1981
No Score Yet El Secuestro del Presidente Beth Richards 1980
No Score Yet City on Fire Maggie Grayson 1978
30% The Cassandra Crossing Nicole 1977
45% The Sentinel Miss Logan 1977
No Score Yet The Blue Bird Luxury 1976
0% Gator Producer 1976
42% Earthquake Remy Royce-Graff 1974
80% The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean Lillie Langtry 1972
No Score Yet Tam Lin Michaela Cazaret 1971
No Score Yet Mayerling Empress Elizabeth 1968
No Score Yet The Bible Sarah 1966
71% The Night of the Iguana Maxine Faulk 1964
91% Seven Days in May Eleanor Holbrook 1964
57% Fifty Five Days at Peking Baroness Natalie Ivanoff 1963
No Score Yet The Angel Wore Red Soledad 1960
76% On the Beach Moira Davidson 1959
No Score Yet Naked Maja Duchess of Alba 1959
No Score Yet The Little Hut Lady Susan Ashlow 1957
No Score Yet The Sun Also Rises Lady Brett Ashley 1957
70% Around the World in 80 Days Spectator 1956
100% Bhowani Junction Victoria Jones 1956
67% Knights of the Round Table Guinevere 1954
100% The Barefoot Contessa Maria Vargas 1954
83% Mogambo Eloise Y. Kelly 1953
100% The Band Wagon The Movie Star 1953
No Score Yet Ride, Vaquero! Actor 1953
No Score Yet Lone Star Martha Ronda 1952
100% The Snows of Kilimanjaro Cynthia Green 1952
66% Pandora and the Flying Dutchman Pandora Reynolds 1951
No Score Yet My Forbidden Past Barbara Beaurevel 1951
89% Show Boat Julie Laverne 1951
33% East Side, West Side Isobel Lorrison 1949
No Score Yet The Bribe Elizabeth Hintten 1949
No Score Yet The Great Sinner Pauline Ostrovsky 1949
No Score Yet One Touch of Venus Venus 1948
No Score Yet Singapore Linda Gordon Van Leyden 1947
No Score Yet The Hucksters Jean Ogilvie 1947
100% The Killers Kitty Collins 1946
No Score Yet Whistle Stop Mary 1946
No Score Yet I'm a Civilian Here Myself! Actor 1945
No Score Yet Music for Millions Bit Part 1944
No Score Yet Blonde Fever Bit 1944
No Score Yet Two Girls and a Sailor Rockette Girl 1944
No Score Yet Lost Angel Hat Check Girl 1943
No Score Yet Swing Fever Girl 1943
No Score Yet Hitler's Madman Katy Chotnik 1943
No Score Yet Du Barry Was a Lady Girl 1943
No Score Yet Ghosts on the Loose Betty Williams Gibson 1943
No Score Yet Pilot No. 5 Girl 1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France Girl 1942
No Score Yet Calling Dr. Gillespie Girl Bit 1942
No Score Yet Sunday Punch Ringsider 1942
100% Kid Glove Killer Car Hop 1942
No Score Yet Joe Smith, American Girl 1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing Girl 1942
No Score Yet H.M. Pulham, Esq. Girl 1941


No Score Yet Knots Landing
Ruth Galveston 1989


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