Biography: Beautiful actress once billed by her studio as the World's Most Beautiful Animal. Starting out in bit parts Ava rose to stardom in the late 40's as much on her looks as her talent although she eventually became a more than competent actress. Her private life was also tempestuous and a fodder for tabloids for many years with failed marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra. Although Ava eventually won the respect of most of her show biz peers she was a lonely and unhappy woman during the final years of her life which were spent living in London where she died of pneumonia in 1990.
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