On This Day

Ava Gardner

Actress Ava Gardner

Profession: Actress

United States of America

Why Famous: Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's leading actresses and is considered one of the most beautiful women to ever appear on screen. For her work in "Mogambo", she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Gardner was known throughout her career for her portrayal of sultry femme fatale character and first rose to prominence playing one in the film noir "The Killers" (1946).

Gardner was also known for her high profile marriages to Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw and Mickey Rooney. She also had relationships with a number of other famous men including Howard Hughes and Ernest Hemingway and shared Heminhway's love of bullfighting.

Born: December 24, 1922
Birthplace: Grabtown, North Carolina, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Capricorn

Died: January 25, 1990 (aged 67)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1942-01-10 Actress Ava Gardner (19) weds actor Mickey Rooney (21) in Ballard, California
  • 1945-10-17 Actress Ava Gardner (22) weds band leader Artie Shaw (35) in Hollywood
  • 1951-11-07 Entertainer Frank Sinatra (34) marries 2nd wife film star Ava Gardner (26)
  • 1957-07-05 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra and movie star Ava Gardner divorce after 6 years of marriage

Historical Events

Famous Actresses