Ava Gardner photographed by Ted Baron, 1950
Happy Birthday Ava Gardner!!!
(December 24th, 1922 -
January 25th, 1990)
“By her own description, Ava was a country girl. Raised in Grabtown, North Carolina, she was earthy, down-home, and totally unpretentious; she could curse with boys and match them drink for drink. She was a defiantly free spirit. The Hollywood star machine might mold and promote her as a sloe-eyed siren, but there was something unyielding in Ava, and the moguls could never quite tame her. Nor could the men in her life, from Mickey Rooney to Artie Shaw to Howard Hughes. It would take my father the better part of ten years to learn the same.“
Ava Gardner in The Barefoot Contessa (1954)