One of the most beautiful actresses of her time, Ava Gardner made her mark playing femme fatale roles and sophisticated duchesses and baronesses that belied her rural North Carolina upbringing.
Barbara Beaurevel in My Forbidden Past (1951)
Julie LaVerne in Show Boat (1951)
Martha Ronda in Lone Star (1952)
Guinevere in Knights of the Round Table (1953)
Lady Brett Ashley in The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Maria Cayetana, Duchess of Alba in The Naked Maja (1958)
Baroness Natalie Ivanoff in 55 Days at Peking (1963)
Sarah in The Bible: In the Beginning (1966)
Empress Elizabeth in Mayerling (1968)
Lily Langtry in The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972)
Mabel Dodge Luhan in Priest of Love (1981)
Agrippina in A.D. (1985)
What’s your favorite historical costume role of Ava Gardner’s?