After signing with MGM at only 18 years old, Ava's captivating beauty eventually led to her first big break as Kitty Collins in The Killers (1946), a film noir based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway. She went on to land other leading roles as heroines in Hemingway adaptations, including The Snows of Kilimanjaro and The Sun Also Rises. Ava starred in dozens of other movies that are classics today, including Show Boat, Mogambo, and The Night of the Iguana. The Barefoot Contessa is considered the "definitive Ava Gardner film." Her many accomplishments included a nomination for an Academy Award in 1953, as well as a BAFTA Award, Best Actress Award, and a Golden Globe in 1964.
Working closely with some of the biggest names in fashion, Ava is remembered for her enchanting presence and sense of style. Glamorous, figure-flattering gowns and sophisticated casual wear were the holy grail of Ava’s signature style, leaving a tremendous impact on fashion trends in post-war America and beyond. Ava was a fierce Hollywood actress whose high-profile relationships with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, Artie Shaw, Mickey Rooney and even Hemingway were seriously overshadowed by her incredible acting skills and high class fashion.
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