Ava Gardner was one of Hollywood's greatest stars during the 1940s and 1950s, an Oscar-nominated leading lady who co-starred with Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster and Humphrey Bogart, among others. Her films included Show Boat, The Snows of Kilimanjaro, The Barefoot Contessa and On the Beach. But her life off the screen was every bit as fabulous as her film roles. Born poor in rural North Carolina, Gardner was given a Hollywood try-out thanks to a stunning photo of her displayed in a shop window. This was the first step to fame and an extraordinary life, which included marriages to Mickey Rooney and Frank Sinatra, and a passionate affair with Howard Hughes. The astonishing tale of a legendary star's public and private lives.