Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an American actress. She appeared in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers (1946). She became one of Hollywood’s leading actresses, considered one of the most beautiful women of her day. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo (1953). She appeared in several high-profile films from the 1950s to 1970s, including Bohwani Junction (1956), On The Beach (1959), The Night Of The Iguana (1964), Earthquake (1974), and The Cassandra Crossing (1976). Gardner continued to act regularly until 1986, four years before her death from pneumonia, at age 67 in 1990. She is listed 25th among the American Film Institute’s Greatest Female Stars.