Family moved from Grabtown, North Carolina to Newport News, Virginia (date approximate)
Family returned to North Carolina
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)
Went to Hollywood with sister Bappie; signed 7-year contract with MGM
Short film acting debut in "Fancy Answers"
Feature film debut (unbilled walk-on), "We Were Dancing"
Had first speaking role in film in "Calling Dr. Gillespie"
Recieved initial screen credit for "Ghosts on the Loose"
First leading role, "Whistle Stop"
Starred in the musical "One Touch of Venus"
Played Julie in the remake of "Show Boat"
Received sole Academy Award nomination as Best Actress in "Mogambo"
Cast as Lady Brett Ashley in the film version of Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises"
Delivered a fine turn as the blowsy hotel owner in "The Night of the Iguana"
Moved to London when Spanish tax authorities claimed Gardner owed $1 million in back taxes
Portrayed Lillie Langtry in "The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean", opposite Paul Newman
Appeared in "Earthquake" opposite Charlton Heston
Traveled to the USSR to co-star in George Cukor's "The Blue Bird"
Played Mabel Dodge Luhan in "Priest of Love"
Final film "Regina/Regina Roma", a direct-to-video release
Appeared on the CBS primetime serial "Knots Landing"
Portrayed Agrippina in the NBC miniseries "A.D."
Acted in the NBC TV remake of "The Long Hot Summer"
Final TV role in the ABC miniseries "Harem"
Suffered a stroke which precluded any further acting roles