Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster

Ava Gardner and co-star Burt Lancaster pose for a photo as their characters in ‘The Killers’ for a promotional shoot for the movie.

SMITHFIELD — The Ava Gardner Festival was hailed a success this past October, with over a thousand visitors attending the full weekend of events celebrating Gardner’s 100th year. Fans and collectors traveled to Smithfield from as far away as Australia, Brazil, Canada and Germany. The focus now for the Centennial Committee is Gardner’s actual birthday month of December.

“The Ava Gardner Museum and the Ava Gardner Trust have plans to host more events, debut additional exhibits, and release new Ava Gardner officially licensed products through the end of the year and well into 2023,” stated Lynell Seabold, museum executive director. 

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