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Show Boat DVD ... Come one, come all to the Show Boat show!From novel (by Edna Ferber) to Broadway... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

The Sun Also... "The Sun Also Rises" (1957) is a wonderful adaptation of the Ernest Hemingway... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

The Bible DVD ... A grandiose opening sequence gives way to one lush and moving sequence after... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Biblical... The Greatest Story Ever ToldNominated for five 1965 Academy Awards, this... more info $19.98was $19.98 Buy Now

The Night Of... John Huston directs this scorching adaptation of Tennessee Williams' play... more info $5.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Earthquake... An earth-shattering cast and ground-breaking sound effects provide the fuel for... more info $14.98was $14.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Died: January 25, 1990
Born: December 24, 1922 Cause of Death: pneumonia after long illness
Birth Place: Brogden, North Carolina, USA Profession: Cast ...
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1935:
Family moved from Grabtown, North Carolina to Newport News, Virginia (date approximate)
:
Family returned to North Carolina
1940:
Gardner's photo in brother-in-law Larry Tarr's photographic studio window spotted by messenger in Loews legal department; Tarr sent photos to MGM; Gardner given audition with Marvin Schneck in MGM's New York headquarters (date approximate)
1941:
Went to Hollywood with sister Bappie; signed 7-year contract with MGM
1941:
Short film acting debut in "Fancy Answers"
1942:
Feature film debut (unbilled walk-on), "We Were Dancing"
1942:
Had first speaking role in film in "Calling Dr. Gillespie"
1943:
Recieved initial screen credit for "Ghosts on the Loose"
1946:
First leading role, "Whistle Stop"
1948:
Starred in the musical "One Touch of Venus"
1951:
Played Julie in the remake of "Show Boat"
1953:
Received sole Academy Award nomination as Best Actress in "Mogambo"
1955:
Moved to Spain
1957:
Cast as Lady Brett Ashley in the film version of Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises"
1958:
Left MGM
1963:
Settled in London
1964:
Delivered a fine turn as the blowsy hotel owner in "The Night of the Iguana"
1968:
Moved to London when Spanish tax authorities claimed Gardner owed $1 million in back taxes
1972:
Portrayed Lillie Langtry in "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean", opposite Paul Newman
1974:
Appeared in "Earthquake" opposite Charlton Heston
1976:
Traveled to the USSR to co-star in George Cukor's "The Blue Bird"
1981:
Played Mabel Dodge Luhan in "Priest of Love"
1983:
Final film "Regina/Regina Roma", a direct-to-video release
1985:
Appeared on the CBS primetime serial "Knots Landing"
1985:
Portrayed Agrippina in the NBC miniseries "A.D."
1985:
Acted in the NBC TV remake of "The Long Hot Summer"
1986:
Final TV role in the ABC miniseries "Harem"
1986:
Suffered a stroke which precluded any further acting roles

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