Ava Gardner was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood from the time of her film debut in the 1940s through the 1960s, and was known as one of the most beautiful and glamorous women in the world for many years.
She was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina and died of pneumonia in London, England on January 25, 1990.
Ava Gardner began her career initially as a model, then as a contract player at MGM. Her first big picture was "The Killers" with Burt Lancaster in 1946 wherein she played bad girl Kitty Collins.
Ava starred in many other films during the 40s and 50s, including The Hucksters (1947), Show Boat (1951), Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1953), Bhowani Junction (1956), and On The Beach (1959).
Ava was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Mogambo (1953) opposite Clark Gable. She also starred in The Barefoot Contessa (1954).
Ava starred in some of her best roles in the 1960s, including Seven Days in May and Night of the Iguana (both 1964).
She was married and divorced three times -- to Mickey Rooney (1942), bandleader Artie Shaw (1945), and lastly to Frank Sinatra (1951-1957), who called her the love of his life.
Throughout her career Ava was always known as a glamorous and sexy siren who dressed to perfection both onscreen and off.
The sellers of Reflections of Vintage present the following vintage fashions and accessories that could have been worn by Ava herself.
Vintage 1950s Silver Mink Stole by Dolgien Fur Label Authority from ALLEY CATS ATTIC:
Vintage Designer Wiggle Dress and Jacket Size Small from VINTAGE BAUBLES TOO: