- Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#68). 
- Her singing voice in Show Boat (1951) was dubbed by Annette Warren, although her voice is left in on the soundtrack album.
- Mother, Mary Elizabeth 'Molly' Gardner, nee Baker; father, Jonas Gardner, tobacco farmer, died of bronchitis 1935.
- Youngest of 7 children, her older siblings were Raymond, Melvin 'Jack', Beatrice 'Bappie', Elsie Mae, Inez and Myra.
- Her early education was sketchy; by 1945, she had read two books, the Bible and 'Gone with the Wind'. In later life, she more than made up for this lack by continual self-education.
- She sang in her own voice for The Killers (1946) but in all MGM films her singing voice was dubbed (much to her disgust).
- Flamenco became one of Ava's favorite pastimes after she learned it for The Barefoot Contessa (1954); increasingly proficient and needing little sleep, she often danced all night.
- While in Spain, she also became a bullfight fan.
- In a promotion for The Little Hut (1957), a small island in Fiji was renamed Ava Ava and leased to a contest winner.
- She was continuously under contract at MGM, 1941-1958.
- There is an Ava Gardner Museum of memorabilia in Smithfield, North Carolina.
- She spent her final years as a recluse in her London apartment - her only companions were her longtime housekeeper Carmen Vargas and her beloved Welsh corgi, Morgan. Frank Sinatra paid all her medical expenses after her 1989 stroke which left her partially paralyzed and bedridden. Vargas took her body home to her native North Carolina for private burial. None of her ex-husbands attended.
- After her death in 1990, Ava's long time housekeeper, Carmen Vargas, and her dog, a Welsh Corgi named Morgan were taken in by her former co-star Gregory Peck.
- Once met J.R.R. Tolkien and neither knew why the other was famous.
- All three of her marriages were childless.
- Daughter-in-law of Joe Yule.
- Was a good friend of Lena Horne, despite the fact that they both competed for the part of 'Julie' in Show Boat (1951).
- When shooting Earthquake (1974) she surprised director Mark Robson by insisting that she do her own stuntwork, which included dodging blocks of concrete and heavy steel pipes.
- A statue of her from The Barefoot Contessa (1954) was given to Frank Sinatra as a gift. He kept it in his backyard garden well after their divorce. When he married Barbara Marx, she forced him to get rid of it.
- When married to Frank Sinatra, he was at the lowest point of his career. She often had to lend him money so he could buy presents for his children.
- Part of On the Beach (1959) was filmed in a Berwick, a suburb of Melbourne. Ava had a street which was being developed at the time named after her. It is of course called "Gardner Street."
- Measurements: 36-23 1/2-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
- Once named The World's Most Beautiful Animal (in a '50s publicity campaign)
- Chosen by the American Film Institute as one of the greatest American female screen legends (Number 25).
- Is portrayed in The Aviator (2004) by Kate Beckinsale and by Marcia Gay Harden in Sinatra (1992) (TV).
- Although she often gave the name of her North Carolina hometown as Grabtown, and at other times as Smithfield, the town's name is actually Brogden. "Grabtown" is a nickname given to it by locals. Smithfield is a larger town nearby.
- Is portrayed by Deborah Kara Unger in The Rat Pack (1998) (TV), by Christine Andreas in Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story (1995) (TV) and by Jon Mack in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999) (TV)
- Frank Sinatra was broke by 1951. Ava had to pay his plane ticket, so he could accompany her to Africa, where she shot Mogambo (1953).
- Frank Sinatra nicknamed her "Angel"
- Appeared in three films based on Ernest Hemingway stories (The Sun Also Rises, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Killers)
- During her final years living in London, she became the dinner companion of director Michael Winner.
- Was a good friend of writer Ernest Hemingway, whom she called "Papa." Both were aficionados of the bull-fighting, although Gardner's interest in bull-fighters went beyond their exploits in the ring.
- An Australian reporter found that Gardner was quite adept at foul language, and her swearing was "like a sailor and a truck driver were having a competition." Gardener threw a glass of champagne at the reporter, who said that at the moment she did so, "the only thing I could think was how bloody gorgeous the woman was."
- Production designer John Hawkesworth, an Englishman who was the set-dresser on her starring vehicle Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951), said of Gardner that she "could eat twice as much as anyone and drink three times as much."
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