“Forgotten Hollywood”- Ava Gardner Museum Feels the Burn

Posted on March 30, 2016 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here… Ava

   The Ava Gardner Museum is home to an incredible collection including original scripts, photos, costumes, and personal effects of screen legend Ava Gardner — a true Hollywood Cinderella story. You can experience her rise from a local country girl to a film goddess. Born near Smithfield, North Carolina, Ava’s friends and co-stars included Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, and Gregory Peck. Her grave site is located in nearby Sunset Memorial Gardens, approximately two miles from the museum.       AVA GARDNER —->

   Museums face many challenges, from humidity to pests, but perhaps the most worrisome is the threat of fire to an irreplaceable collection. The Ava Gardner Museum is a 501(c) (3)  non-profit organization that has been operated in Ava’s hometown since the 1980s, and is housed in a 100-year-old building. It boasts more than 150,000 artifacts in its permanent collection belonging to the Golden Age of Hollywood actress. This museum suffered a small fire in October which has made their mission even more urgent. Thankfully, damage was minimal, and no artifacts were affected.


   However, due to the age of the historic building, constant upgrades are necessary to ensure the safety and preservation of the collection, as well as those of visiting collections. They are relaunching a campaign in the hope that they can get the funds desperately needed. More than 15 years after their most recent remodel, they are seeking the installation of an efficient fire suppression system which will assist in guarding the collection for fans of Ava and Hollywood in the event of a catastrophe. This project is slated to cost $96,000. They are asking fans and fellow history buffs to help preserve a unique piece of cinematic history and an iconic treasure of Hollywood, as well as North Carolina.

   This fundraising campaign has been approved by the Ava Gardner Trust. The official page of the Ava Gardner Museum and Estate can be accessed at:


Until next time>                               “never forget”

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