Ava Lavinia Gardner was an American actress. She was signed to a contract by MGM Studios in 1941 and appeared mainly in small roles until she drew attention with her performance in The Killers. She became one of Hollywood's leading actresses and is considered one of the most beautiful women to have ever worked in cinema. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her work in Mogambo. She appeared in several high-profile films from the 1950s to 1970s, including The Hucksters, Show Boat, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Barefoot Contessa, Bhowani Junction, On the Beach, Seven Days in May, The Night of the Iguana, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, Earthquake, and The Cassandra Crossing. Gardner continued to act regularly until 1986, four years before her death in London in 1990 at the age of 67. She is listed 25th among the American Film Institute's Greatest Female Stars.