Ava Lavinia Gardner
She landed her first starring role in Whistle Stop (1946), then made a splash that same year in The Killers, co-starring with Burt Lancaster. But it wasn't until 1953 when John Ford cast her in Mogambo with Clark Gable that her true talent emerged, gaining her one Oscar nomination, for Best Actress. The Barefoot Contessa followed in 1954, then George Cukor's Bhowani Junction in 1956. Other notable films during this period included Show Boat (1951), The Snows of Kilimanjaro (1952), with Gregory Peck, The Sun Also Rises (1957), with Tyrone Power, and On the Beach (1959), again with Peck.