#8. Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner’s beauty and drive took her from being a sharecropper’s daughter to Hollywood stardom. Actress Ava Gardner was a sultry beauty famous for playing femme fatale roles, and for her marriages to Frank Sinatra, Artie Shaw and Mickey Rooney. Ava Gardner was born on December 24, 1922, in Grabtown, North Carolina. Gardner signed a contract to be an actress with MGM in 1941, but it wasn’t until her appearance in 1946’s The Killers that she became a star. Gardner’s off-screen life was often as dramatic as the roles. Gardner died on January 25, 1990, at age 67, in London, England.