"I’ve always admired her as an actress and felt she was underrated because people were deceived by her beauty and did not expect more from her."
-Gregory Peck (Ava: My Story)

Ava Gardner c. 1946

steamboatbilljr:

One day [during the shooting of the 1970 film The Devil’s Widow] she said to me, out of nowhere, “You know, I was very beautiful once.” I didn’t know what to say. I thought of her earlier films I’d seen. I said, “Yes, Ava, I know.”

Billy Williams

gravesandghouls:

Ava Gardner c. 1944

Ava Gardner c. 1940s

Ava Gardner on the set of Show Boat (1951)

vintagegal:

Ava Gardner c. 1950s

Ava Gardner c. 1940s

Ava Gardner 1940s

Ava Gardner on the set of The Bribe (1949)

Ava Gardner photographed by Milton Greene, 1954

deforest:

Ava Gardner on the set of The Killers (1946)

Ava Gardner, 1946.

gardnerandhayworth:

Ava Gardner c. 1957

deforest:

Ava Gardner photographed by William Cronenweth for Two Girls and a Sailor (1944), in which she made an uncredited appearance.