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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 in 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 her death she completed an autobiography, Ava, which was published posthumously in 1990.

Ava Gardner's notable movie credits include...

1943
Ghosts on the Loose
1944
Three Men in White
1944
Maisie Goes to Reno
1945
She Went to the Races
1946
Whistle Stop
1946
The Killers
1947
Singapore
1947
The Hucksters
1948
One Touch of Venus
1949
The Bribe
1949
The Great Sinner
1949
East Side, West Side
1951
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman
1951
My Forbidden Past
1951
Show Boat
1952
Lone Star
1952
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
1953
Knights of the Round Table
1953
Ride, Vaquero!
1953
The Band Wagon
1953
Mogambo
1954
The Barefoot Contessa
1956
Bhowani Junction
1957
The Little Hut
1957
The Sun Also Rises
1958
The Naked Maja
1959
On the Beach
1960
The Angel Wore Red
1963
55 Days at Peking
1964
Seven Days in May
1964
The Night of the Iguana
1966
The Bible: In the Beginning...
1968
Mayerling
1970
Tam-Lin
1972
The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean
1974
Earthquake
1975
Permission to Kill
1976
The Blue Bird
1976
The Cassandra Crossing
1977
The Sentinel
1979
City on Fire
1980
The Kidnapping of the President
1981
Priest of Love
1982
Regina Roma

Ava Gardner's television credits include...

1985
A.D.
1985
Knots Landing
1985
The Long Hot Summer
1986
Harem
1986
Maggie


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Ava Gardner in THE BAREFOOT 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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In THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO (1952).



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In THE CASSANDRA CROSSING (1976).



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In SHOW BOAT (1951).



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In SEVEN DAYS IN MAY (1964).



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Ava Gardner in THE SUN ALSO RISES (1957).