Published on August 17, 2011 by Amy
Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress.
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She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946). She became one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, considered one of the most beautiful women of her day. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo (1953).
Gardner was born in the small farming community of Grabtown, Johnston County, North Carolina, the youngest of seven children (she had two brothers; Raymond and Melvin, and four sisters; Beatrice, Elsie Mae, Inez and Myra) of poor cotton and tobacco farmers; her mother, Mary Elizabeth (“Mollie”) Gardner (née Baker) was a Baptist of Scots-Irish and English descent, while her father, Jonas Bailey Gardner, was a Roman Catholic of Irish American and American Indian (Tuscarora) descent. When the children were still young, the Gardners lost their property, forcing Jonas Gardner to work at a sawmill and Mollie to begin working as a cook and housekeeper at a dormitory for teachers at the nearby Brogden School.
Birth Name: Ava Lavinia Gardner
Birth Place: Brogden, North Carolina, US
Date of Birth: December 24, 1922
Date of Death: January 25, 1990
Ethnicity: Irish, Scottish, Tuscarora, British, African-American