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Born: Ava Lavinia Gardner
December 24, 1922
Toiling with small parts during the first five years of her film career, Ava Gardner’s break came with her appearance in The Killers (1946) with Burt Lancaster. Gardner was nominated once for an Academy Award as Best Actress in Mogambo (1953). She appeared in almost 70 films over five decades, four of which are included on the 1001 list, including: The Killers (1946), Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951), The Band Wagon (1953), and The Barefoot Contessa (1954) (Klaus Ming March 2015).
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