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Ava Gardner

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Birth Name: Ava Gardner
Born: 12/24/1922
Birth Place: Brogden, North Carolina, USA
Death Place: London, England, GB
Died: 01/25/1990

Ava Lavinia Gardner was born Dec. 24, 1922 in Brogden, NC to parents Jonas Baily, a Catholic of Irish American and American Indian (Tuscarora) descent, and Molly, a Baptist of Scots-Irish and English descent. The Christmas Eve baby was the youngest of seven children: Raymond, Melvin, Beatrice (a.k.a. "Bappie"), Elsie Mae, Inez, and Myra. The Gardner household was literally dirt poor, and after losing their property that included a small tobacco farm, Jonas was forced to work at a sawmill while Molly worked as a cook and housekeeper at the nearby Brogden School in order to support their large family.

At the age of 13, Gardner moved with her family to Newport News, VA, and a short while late... Continue Bio >>


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