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  • Ava Gardner

    Born on December 24, 1922 in Brogden, North Carolina

awards & nominations

Night of the Iguana (1964)

Ava Gardner as "Maxine Faulk"

Lusty defrocked minister Lawrence Shannon (Richard Burton) is a tour guide in Mexico. Leading a tourist group from a Baptist women's college, he finds it difficult to avoid acting on his attraction to Charlotte (Sue Lyon), the young niece of the group's leader, Judith Fellowes (Grayson Hall). When Fellowes swears to ruin him, Shannon strands the bus at a hotel to seek advice from the manager, an old friend. Over the course of one night, the alcoholic Shannon spirals out of control.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1964) Nominated Foreign Actress
Golden Globe (1964) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

On the Beach (1959)

Ava Gardner as "Moira Davidson"

After World War III, Australia is the only remaining haven for mankind. However, wind currents carrying lingering radiation all but condemn those on the continent to the same fate suffered by the rest of the world. When the survivors receive a strange signal from San Diego, Cmdr. Dwight Towers (Gregory Peck) must undertake a mission with Lt. Peter Holmes (Anthony Perkins) to see if there is hope for humanity -- leaving behind Moira (Ava Gardner) and Mary (Donna Anderson), the women they love.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1959) Nominated Foreign Actress

Bhowani Junction (1956)

Ava Gardner as "Victoria Jones"

Victoria Jones (Ava Gardner) is a half-Indian, half-British woman living in India on the verge of its independence. She is torn between her Indian and her British heritage, just as she is torn between two men. One, Patrick Taylor (Bill Travers), is her childhood sweetheart and fellow Anglo-Indian, while the other is Col. Rodney Savage (Stewart Granger), a British officer assigned to stop demonstrators from preventing the trains from departing the local station on time.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1956) Nominated Foreign Actress

Mogambo (1953)

Ava Gardner as "Eloise Y. 'Honey Bear' Kelly"

Victor Marswell (Clark Gable) is a big-game hunter in Kenya. After Eloise Kelly (Ava Gardner) is stood up by a friend there, she falls in with Marswell. Shortly thereafter, the Nordleys (Grace Kelly, Donald Sinden) arrive for a gorilla safari. Mrs. Nordley, disillusioned with her husband, takes a liking to Marswell, and the two have a brief affair. Kelly grows jealous, and the two women engage in a battle of wills over the hunter, while Mr. Nordley remains oblivious to it all.

Academy Award (1953) Nominated Best Actress

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