Father’s Day: Jonas Gardner

By Beth Nevarez and Lora Stocker “I remember my father so well. He was tall and lean with soft black hair. A cleft in his chin and the green eyes I inherited. But there was a sparkle in those eyes and a smile on his lips. He treated life as it came, and when the... Continue Reading →

Put a Record On: Musical Ava

By Beth Nevarez and Lora Stocker  While some might think of Ava Gardner solely in terms of her career as an actress, music was always a big part of her life. As an avid fan, particularly of jazz, she amassed a large personal record collection. In her youth, she had aspirations of being a professional... Continue Reading →

Tour the Ava Gardner Museum From Home

Did you know that you can tour the Ava Gardner Museum from the comfort of your own home? You may have recently seen a series of videos showcasing some highlights from our current exhibits on our social media platforms. We have added all of the virtual tour segments as well as a full virtual tour... Continue Reading →

Celebrity Visitors to the Ava Gardner Museum

By Lora Stocker & Beth Nevarez The first incarnation of the Ava Gardner Museum opened in the summer of 1981. Operating as a seasonal attraction, the museum was housed in a building where Ava once lived in the rural community of Brogden, North Carolina. In the spring of 1991, the collection was relocated to Smithfield... Continue Reading →

The Birthday Girl in Her Own Words

Ava Gardner’s thoughts on her hometown, childhood birthdays, sharing a birthday with Howard Hughes and being born a night owl. Quotes from Ava’s autobiography, Ava: My Story, with historical context provided by Ava Gardner Museum’s collection manager, Beth Nevarez. December 24, 1922 – Ava Gardner is born. “I was born Ava Lavinia Gardner on Christmas... Continue Reading →

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