Best Movies, Biography of a Beautiful Actress .. Ava Gardner

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15.Show Boat

Ava Gardner, Kathryn Grayson

Released: 1951

Directed by: George Sidney

Show Boat is a 1951 American musical romantic drama film based on the stage musical of the same name by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, and the 1926 novel by Edna Ferber. This..

14.East Side, West Side

Ava Gardner, Barbara Stanwyck

Released: 1949

Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy

East Side, West Side is a 1949 melodramatic crime film, starring Barbara Stanwyck as a wronged wife and Ava Gardner in one of her earliest roles, along with James Mason and Van..

13.One Touch of Venus

Ava Gardner, Eve Arden

Released: 1948

Directed by: William A. Seiter

One Touch of Venus is a 1948 black-and-white American romantic musical comedy film directed by William A. Seiter, starring Robert Walker and Ava Gardner, released by Universal…

12.The Sun Also Rises

Ava Gardner, Errol Flynn

Released: 1957

Directed by: Henry King

The Sun Also Rises is a 1957 film adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name directed by Henry King. The screenplay was written by Peter Viertel and it starred Tyrone Power..

11.The Hucksters

Clark Gable, Ava Gardner

Released: 1947

Directed by: Jack Conway

The Hucksters is a 1947 MGM film directed by Jack Conway and starring Clark Gable that marked the debut of Deborah Kerr in an American film. The supporting cast includes Sydney..

10.Tam-Lin

Ava Gardner, Ian McShane

Released: 1970

Directed by: Roddy McDowall

Tam-Lin, also known as The Ballad of Tam-Lin, The Devil’s Widow and The Devil’s Woman, is a 1970 British film made by Commonwealth United Entertainment, Winkast Film Productions Ltd.

9.The Killers

Ava Gardner, Burt Lancaster

Released: 1946

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

The Killers is a 1946 American film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and based in part on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. It stars Burt Lancaster in his film debut..

8.The Great Sinner

Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck

Released: 1949

Directed by: Robert Siodmak

The Great Sinner is a 1949 drama film directed by Robert Siodmak..

7.Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

Ava Gardner, John Laurie

Released: 1951

Directed by: Albert Lewin

Pandora and the Flying Dutchman is a 1951 British drama film made by Romulus Films and released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in the United States. The film was directed by Albert Lewin..

6.The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck

Released: 1952

Directed by: Henry King

The Snows of Kilimanjaro is a 1952 American Technicolor film based on the short story of the same name by Ernest Hemingway. The film version of the short story was directed by Henry.

5.Bhowani Junction

Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger

Released: 1956

Directed by: George Cukor

Bhowani Junction is a 1956 film adaptation of the 1954 novel Bhowani Junction by John Masters made by MGM. The film was directed by George Cukor and produced by Pandro S.

4.The Barefoot Contessa

Humphrey Bogart, Ava Gardner

Released: 1954

Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

The Barefoot Contessa is a 1954 drama film written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz about the life and loves of fictional Spanish sex symbol Maria Vargas. It stars Humphrey Bogart..

3.Mogambo

Grace Kelly, Clark Gable

Released: 1953

Directed by: John Ford

Mogambo is a 1953 American adventure/romantic drama film directed by John Ford and starring Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Grace Kelly and featuring Donald Sinden. The film was

2.On the Beach

Ava Gardner, Gregory Peck

Released: 1959

Directed by: Stanley Kramer

On the Beach is a 1959 American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama film from United Artists, produced and directed by Stanley Kramer, starring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred..

1.The Night of the Iguana

Ava Gardner, Richard Burton

Released: 1964

Directed by: John Huston

The Night of the Iguana is a 1964 film based on the 1961 play of the same name written by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Huston, it featured Richard Burton, Ava Gardner..

Biography

Ava Gardner – a woman of the golden age

is an apt and oft-used description for Gardner’s screen persona, a quality acquired in part during her rural upbringing. The daughter of a poor tobacco farmer, Gardner was something of a tomboy and gave no thought to an acting career until age 18, when M G-Mayer talent scouts spotted portraits of her in the window of her brother-in-law’s New York City photography studio. She was given a screen test, in which her lack of refinement and barely intelligible thick drawl prompted MGM studio chief Louis B. Mayer to proclaim, “She can’t act. She can’t talk. She’s terrific. Sign her.” Heavily coached in acting, poise, and elocution by the studio, Gardner appeared mostly in decorative bit parts during the first four years of her screen career. Her big break came when the studio loaned her to Universal Pictures for the film noir classic The Killers 1946 in which Gardner played a duplicitous seductress opposite screen newcomer Burt Lancaster. She was subsequently cast in better roles at MGM where she was promoted as “The World’s Most Beautiful Animal” and at other studios in such films as The Hucksters 1947 One Touch of Venus 1948 Show Boat 1951, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro 1952.

Gardner’s skill as an actress was best revealed in films she made for such top directors as George Cukor, John Ford, and Joseph L. mankiewicz. I have only one rule in acting,” she once said, “trust the director and give him heart and soul.” Gardner’s gutsy, hard-boiled characterization opposite Clark Gable in Ford’s mogambo—highlighted by a memorable and hilarious scene in which she tries to feed a baby elephant and a baby rhinoceros—earned for the actress her only Academy Award nomination. Many feel mankiewicz’s The Barefoot contessa, in which she costarred with Humphrey Bogart, to be the definitive Gardner film, in that the rags-to-riches story roughly parallels Gardner’s own life. Although a lesser film than either of the aforementioned, cukor’s bhowan i Junction 1956 features Gardner in what may be her most praised screen performance, as a half-caste Anglo-Indian heroine torn between two cultures and multiple lovers.
The Sun Also Rises 1957, On the Beach 1959, Seven Days in May 1964 and The Night of the Iguana (1964) are among the best of Gardner’s subsequent films. Although she remained active until the late 1980 s, she had difficulty landing roles as she aged and, by her own admission, many of her later films were done “for the loot.”
The Sun Also Rises 1957, On the Beach 1959, Seven Days in May 1964, and The Night of the Iguana 1964 are among the best of Gardner’s subsequent films. Although she remained active until the late 1980 s, she had difficulty landing roles as she aged and, by her own admission, many of her later films were done “for the loot.

Gardner endured tempestuous, well-publicized marriages to actor Mickey Rooney (1942–43) and bandleader Artie Shaw (1945–46); her marriage to singer-actor Frank Sinatra (1951–57), a relationship characterized by passion and jealousy in equal measure, was one of the most storied Hollywood romances of the century. Many, including Gardner herself, felt that she never had the screen career her talents deserved; as one critic explained it, “Her looks made that inevitable.”

Ava is the most popular actor in the male audience of the film in the golden age of Hollywood.

December 24, 1922 U.S.  –  January 25, 1990 England. UK.

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