Ava Gardner Museum

Dated: 06/22/2018

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The Ava Gardner Museum in historic downtown Smithfield, NC holds an extensive collection of artifacts from Ava Gardner's career and her private life. Experience Ava's rise from a local country girl to one of Hollywood's film goddesses.  Born seven miles east of Smithfield, Ava's friends and co-stars included Mickey Rooney (her first husband), Clark Gable, Gregory Peck and of course, Frank Sinatra (her third husband).  

AVA GARDNER MUSEUM MISSION 

To display the collection in an entertaining and educational manner for the edification of the general publicTo constantly search for and acquire important pieces of Ava Gardner memorabilia – from her career as well as her life in Johnston County, NCTo preserve and restore the collection for future generationsTo support the other organizations that preserve film history or promote Johnston County heritage. 

 Source: www.avagardner.org

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