Her green eyes and sensual lips made her an object of desire to every man she came across. Gardner was a kind of a person that, whenever she walked into a room, all eyes were on her. Ava Gardner came from a poor tobacco-farming community in North Carolina, and when she first auditioned for acting parts, her Southern accent made her hard for Hollywood producers to understand. Many considered her the most beautiful woman in the world.
2. Judy Garland
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As soon as she stepped into Hollywood, Mickey Rooney fell in love with her, and Gardner became the first of his seven wives. They were divorced nine months later. All eyes were on her, and she enjoyed it. She simply lived her life on her own terms, and that was it. She was born into a poor tobacco-farming family in North Carolina. Gardner was 19 when she visited her sister in New York, and her brother-in-law, a photographer, made a portrait of Ava which he put in the window of his studio. An MGM scout spotted the photo, and she offered a contract by the production company.
What did these silver screen sirens have in common, other than their classic good looks and talent? A naughty streak, of course. AP Photo AP. And as her roles got hotter, so did her off-screen romances. The bombshell had seven different husbands, two of whom were married when she came into the picture—one to Debbie Reynolds, her best friend. She may be remembered as a rainbow-chasing sweetheart with the voice of an angel, but Judy was far less innocent off-screen. She developed an addiction to drugs and alcohol, dug herself into financial troubles and got divorced four times before tragically passing away at just 47 years old. But Marilyn was no fool in real life—she broke the heart of New York Yankees great Joe DiMaggio and allegedly had steamy affairs before meeting her tragic demise. When Ava entered showbiz and met future ex-husband Mickey Rooney, she was just a small-town girl with an innocent past it was widely reported that she was a virgin on their wedding night.