Dating ava gardner

While taking secretarial classes in Wilson, in 1941, she decided visit her sister in New York.It was at this time that Beatrice's husband, Larry, offered to take Ava's portrait.Gardner learned to dance the flamenco for the film, and took immediately to the exotic dance, sometimes practicing it all night.Her other notable roles of that decade included a love-torn Anglo-Indian woman in Bhowani Junction (1954), a selfish and hedonistic patrician in The Sun Also Rises (1957), and opposite Gregory Peck in the post-apocalyptic On the Beach (1959).Gardner's performance won her an Oscar nomination, the closest she would ever get to the coveted award.In her early thirties, the actress appeared in 1954, in the lead role of The Barefoot Contessa, in which she starred opposite Humphrey Bogart as the mysterious and doomed peasant-turned-film star Maria Vargas.MGM insisted on dubbing her voice when she sang in this movie, much to Gardner's dismay.Gardner landed some of her most interesting and best roles during the 1950s, including one as a stubborn and heartbroken nightclub singer opposite James Mason in the 1951 Pandora and The Flying Dutchman, and another opposite Gregory Peck in The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952) as his true love who encounters tragedy.

A short time later, Loews Theaters legal clerk, Barnard "Barney" Duhan, spotted Gardner's photo in the Tarr Photography Studio.

This started the Gardner's off on a long search for steady income.

A series of moves led them from Newport News, Virginia, to Wilson, North Carolina.

Gardner opted out her of her long-running MGM contract in 1958, after she starred as the Duchess of Alba in the critically condemned, The Naked Maja.

Although she appeared in fewer films in the 1960s, some of them were among her best.

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