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Our staff, volunteers, and board members are contributors to our Ava Gardner BLOG site, with the goal to expand on and share with you the stories we love about Ava Gardner. 


Ava and Gregory Receive Look Magazine Awards

Celebrity Visitors to the Ava Gardner Museum

By Lora Stocker & Beth Nevarez

The first incarnation of the Ava Gardner Museum opened in the summer of 1981. Operating as a seasonal attraction, the museum was housed in a building where Ava once lived in the rural community of Brogden, North Carolina. In the spring of 1991, the collection was relocated to Smithfield and made accessible to visitors year-round. On October 2, 2000, the museum moved into its current location in the heart of historic downtown Smithfield. - READ MORE


About the Ava Gardner Museum BLOG authors.

Ava Gardner's siblings from North Carolina.

On the Gardner Women: A Guest Post from Ava’s Great-Niece

By Ava Thompson

The Ava Gardner Museum is delighted to welcome Ava Thompson as our latest guest blogger with a special post about the women of the Gardner family. Ava Thompson is the Trustee of the Ava Gardner Living Trust and the great-niece and namesake of Ava Gardner. - READ MORE.


Cover of Ava Gardner Coloring Book

Coloring Ava: Downloadable Coloring Pages

Looking for something fun and relaxing to do at home? Have little Ava fans at home? Check out our Ava Gardner Museum Coloring and Activity Book. The complete book is available for purchase in our gift shop, -  READ MORE


Ava stars in Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.

An Ava Film for Every Mood: What to Watch in Quarantine

By Beth Nevarez

While many of us are staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19, we are turning to our TV screens for comfort, distraction, and entertainment. If you’ve already binged all of the episodes of your favorite shows, caught up on your Netflix queue, and are looking for more suggestions, we’ve got you covered. - READ MORE.

Ava and Frank in Politics.

Women’s History Month: Ava Gardner’s Political Activism

By Beth Nevarez & Lora Stocker

Ava Gardner was born in 1922, just two years after women officially gained the right to vote. While she never had to fight for women’s suffrage, Ava made use of this hard won right throughout her life and encouraged others to do so by using her own voice in the political arena. -  READ MORE


Ava Gardner as Sarah in The Bible.

The Bible on Film: Ava’s Biblical Roles

By Beth Nevarez and Lora Stocker

The Bible has long been used as source material for both the big and small screens. From the earliest silent films to the 21st century box office success of The Passion of the Christ, the stories of the Bible have inspired filmmakers and wowed audiences the world over.- READ MORE.

Alexandra, a guest Ava Gardner Blogger

What Ava Gardner Means to Me as a Young Person

By Alexandra

The Ava Gardner Museum is very excited to present a guest blog post from a young Ava Gardner fan from the UK. - READ MORE

Ava and companion Rene Jordan

Celebrating Black History Month at the Ava Gardner Museum

By Beth Nevarez and Lora Stocker

Ava Gardner was a lifelong supporter of equal rights. Growing up in the segregated South, Ava regularly broke the societal expectations for segregation, sitting with her Black friends in the “colored” section of the movie theater.- READ MORE.


Ava stars as Pandora in the mystique film, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.

"It Changed my Life Forever", Pandora and the Flying Dutchman

By Beth Nevarez

Filmed in Spain and England, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman was released in the United Kingdom in February of 1951 but released in the United States on October 15, 1951. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios delayed the American release of the film until after the premiere of their big-budget remake of the musical Show Boat, which also starred Ava Gardner.- READ MORE


Logo for the Ava Gardner Museum in Smithfield, NC.




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