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Gardner in 55 DAYS AT PEKING.

About Ava Gardner (1922 – 1990)

Ava Gardner was born on December 24, 1922, in Brogden, North Carolina. On January 25th, 1990, Ava Gardner passed away in Westminster, London, England, from bronchial pneumonia.

In 1995, Ava Gardner was chosen by Empire Magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#68).

With zero acting experience, Ava Gardner's first 17 film roles, 1942-'45, were one-line bits or a little better. At age 18, Ava's 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.

In the 1951, SHOWBOAT film, Ava Gardner's singing voice was dubbed by Annette Warren, although her voice is left in on the soundtrack album. This happened in most of her movies with MGM. For the promotion for THE LITTLE HUT; (1957), a small island in Fiji was renamed Ava Ava and leased to a contest winner.

Flamenco became one of Ava's favorite pastimes after she learned it for THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA; (1954).

When shooting EARTHQUAKE, in 1974, Ava surprised director Mark Robson by insisting that she do her own stunt work, which included dodging blocks of concrete and heavy steel pipes.

Part of ON THE BEACH; (1959), was filmed in Berwick, a suburb of Melbourne. Ava had a street which was being developed at the time named after her. It is of course called "Gardner Street." In a 1950s publicity campaign, Ava Gardner was named The World's Most Beautiful Animal.

Ava Gardner is portrayed in several films: by Kate Beckinsale,THE AVIATOR;(2004), by Marcia GAY HARDEN in Sinatra; (1992-TV), by Deborah Kara Unger in THE RAT PACK; (1998-TV) and by Jon Mack in INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANRIDGE; (1999-TV).

In 1985, Ava Gardner spent one season as a cast member of the TV series, FALCON CREST. Shortly before Ava's death she completed an autobiography, "Ava," which was published posthumously in 1990.

Ava Gardner's notable movie credits include...

REGINA ROMA (1982)
PRIEST OF LOVE (1981)
THE KIDNAPPING OF THE PRESIDENT (1980)
CITY ON FIRE (1979)
THE SENTINEL (1977)
THE BLUE BIRD (1976)
PERMISSION TO KILL (1975)
THE EXECUTIONER (1975)
EARTHQUAKE (1974)
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JUDGE ROY BEAN (1972)
THE DEVIL'S WIDOW (1970)
MAYERLING (1968)
THE BIBLE: IN THE BEGINNING: (1966)
NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1964)
SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964)
55 DAYS AT PEKING (1963)
ON THE BEACH (1959)
THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (1954)
THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA (1954)
KNIGHT OF THE ROUND TABLE (1953)
MOGAMBO (1953)
RIDE, VAQUERO! (1953)
SHOW BOAT (1951)
EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE (1949)
SHE WENT TO THE RACES (1945)
FANCY ANSWERS (1941)

Ava Gardner's television credits include...

MAGGIE (TV MOVIE) (1986)
HAREM (TV MOVIE) (1986)
THE LONG HOT SUMMER (TV MOVIE) (1985)
KNOTS LANDING (TV SERIES 1985)
A.D. (TV MINI-SERIES 1985)

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Ava Gardner in THE BARFOOT CONTESSA (1954).



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Gardner with Gregory Peck in ON THE BEACH.

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Ava in 55 DAYS AT PEKING (1963).

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Ava Gardner in THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (1952).

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Gardner in THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (1976).

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Ava Gardner in SHOW BOAT (1951).

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Ava Gardner in SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964).

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Gardner in THE SUN ALSO RISES (1957).