The life and loves of Ava Gardner

An underrated female icon of the 20th century

Stars Insider

03/04/24 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Retrospective

Ava Gardner is remembered as the ultimate femme fatale of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Her beauty captivated producers and audiences alike, but her magnetism came from a much deeper place.

Gardner was snapped up by MGM at a young age, and worked for decades while carrying on many high-profile affairs. She seems to have had every powerful man of the 20th century wrapped around her little finger. From Frank Sinatra to Fidel Castro, few could resist her charms.

She was an enigma in her day, and the model of a free woman. She spoke her mind and did what she wanted, but she always did it in style. Intrigued? Then click through this gallery to learn all about the exceptional career and scandalous behavior of one of cinema's greatest icons.

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