If you were wondering what to get your uncle or that friend that loves the movies, here's a thought. The Ava Gardner Museum has published its 2012 calendar. The 13-month calendar features 13 rare photos of Hollywood legend Ava Gardner, a Johnston County native.


A number of the calendar’s black-and-white photos have been selected from the archives of the Ava Gardner Collection and they have rarely been seen or published for nearly half a century.  The calendar contains red-letter dates and facts of Ava's early life as well as highlights of her Hollywood career. Designed by John Mark Ivey of Smithfield, this is the Museum’s fifteenth annual calendar.

Founded in 1982 by Dr. Tom Banks, the Ava Gardner Museum opened its doors at a permanent site in Downtown Smithfield in October 2000 and has continued to draw worldwide attention with approximately 12,000 visitors each year.

The calendar is available exclusively through the Ava Gardner Museum gift shop. To purchase, stop by the Museum in Downtown Smithfield, call 919-934-5830, or order online. AvaGardnerGiftShop