“Because I was promoted as a sort of siren and played all those sexy broads, people made the mistake of thinking I was like that off the screen. They couldn’t have been more wrong.”
Though probably remembered more so for her relationships with Hollywood power-houses (Mickey Rooney, Howard Hughes, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra), Gardner was still a major player in the film industry. Recognized for her sex appeal after her starring role in The Killers (1946)–which I still find to be one of the most provocative motion pictures of the film noir genre because Gardner’s femme fatale character is terribly difficult to resist–Ava managed to prove her acting chops and was recognized by the Academy with an Oscar nomination for her role in Mogambo (1953). Today, she is listed as one of the greatest female film stars and definitely one of the most (if not the most) beautiful women to grace the silver-screen.