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Ava Gardner



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet All Night Long (La Noche Que No Acaba)
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Ultimate Leading Ladies
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Classic Safari Films
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra: The Man and the Myth
  • Actor
2004
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
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
29% The Cassandra Crossing
  • Nicole
1977
58% The Sentinel
  • Miss Logan
1977
No Score Yet The Blue Bird
  • Luxury
1976
0% Gator
  • Producer
1976
35% Earthquake
  • Remy Royce-Graff
1974
71% 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
100% 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
75% 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
74% Around the World in 80 Days
  • Spectator
1956
100% Bhowani Junction
  • Victoria Jones
1956
80% Knights of the Round Table
  • Guinevere
1954
100% The Barefoot Contessa
  • Maria Vargas
1954
82% 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
86% Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
  • Pandora Reynolds
1951
No Score Yet My Forbidden Past
  • Barbara Beaurevel
1951
89% Show Boat
  • Julie Laverne
1951
No Score Yet 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 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 Hitler's Madman
  • Katy Chotnik
1943
No Score Yet Reunion in France
  • Girl
1942
100% Kid Glove Killer
  • Car Hop
1942
No Score Yet We Were Dancing
  • Girl
1942
No Score Yet Joe Smith, American
  • Girl
1942
No Score Yet H.M. Pulham, Esq.
  • Girl
1941
No Score Yet Great Literature on Film - Romantic Classics
  • Actor
1932
No Score Yet Glamour Girls
  • Actor
1930

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