Next December 24th marks the 100th anniversary of actress Ava Lavinia Gardner’s birth, and TCM has prepared a special program in her honor with some of her most memorable films.
title like intersection of destinationsThe film, directed by George Cukor and starring the actress alongside Stewart Granger; MagnoliaMusic performed by George Sidney; hanging judge the John Huston film starring Paul Newman, and seven days of may, John Frankenheimer’s political thriller in which Ava Gardner co-starred with Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas and Fredric March. Also you can see the night that doesn’t end A documentary by Isaki Lacuesta, produced by the network and narrated by Charo López and Ariana Gil that addresses Ava Gardner’s years living in Spain.
His rise to stardom was the result of chance, or at least that’s what his biography tells. She was 18 when she traveled from her native North Carolina to New York City, where her sister lived. His brother-in-law, who was a photographer, took some pictures of him. A Hollywood talent scout spotted her and immediately signed her to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. From then on the story of Ava Gardner began. A legend that continues even today, 100 years after his birth.
Ava Gardner, 100 Years of DivaA century later, the figure of Ava Gardner remains an enigma. She was a charming actress who starred in unforgettable films The Barefoot Countess, Mogambo, 55 Days in Beijing or the Snow of Kilimanjaro.
His last work for cinema was in 1982 reginaWith Anthony Quinn, shot entirely at Cinecittà Studios, where he Mother Owned and Tyrant This film was not released commercially and was distributed via video.
It is known that he spent long nights dancing and drinking in nightclubs in the city of skyscrapers, that he had many lovers, among them billionaire Howard Hughes and bullfighters Luis Miguel Dominguin and Mario Cabaret, and passionate feuds with third and reunited with her husband, Frank Sinatra.
Ava Gardner, 100 Years of DivaBut, what exactly was hiding behind the actress who was described as the most beautiful animal in the world, the star who never stopped exercising her freedom and living her passion intensely? What prompted her to leave Hollywood, when she was at the height of her fame, to come and live in Spain, a country which, according to her, had similar faults?
Even a hundred years after his birth, there are no definite answers to many of these questions. Ava Gardner died in London in 1990 at the age of 67, leaving behind, in addition to her work as an actress, a legacy, a noble mark available only to true stars. And next December 24, the day she turns 100, TCM Chen will remember her in all her glory.