Wednesday, August 4, 2010


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


Exquisite Vintage 1950s Shimmering Steel Blue and Ocean Green Iridescent Taffeta Full Skirted Formal Ball Gown with Pleated Contrasting Inset Shelf Bust and Skirt Panels -- 314 Bottom Sweep -- Bust 36 -- Size S - M from CATSEYE VINTAGE:


Vintage Designer Wiggle Dress and Jacket Size Small from


Vintage 50s 60s LORRIE DEB Designer Blue and Green Floral Silk Jacquard Full Skirted Party Dress -- Bust 36 -- Size S - M from CATSEYE VINTAGE:


Lovely Vintage 1950s Black Velvet Evening Purse Handbag from ALLEY CATS ATTIC:


Vintage 50s Designer Alberto Fabiani Couture Circle Skirt, Small from


1 comment:

Ava Gardner Museum said...

Thanks for your write up on Ava Gardner. She certainly was a fashion icon and the costumes and wardrobe we have at the Ava Gardner Museum are some of visitors' favorite items. I hope you are able to visit the Ava Gardner Museum soon!