Vintage Photos of Ava Gardner & Frank Sinatra Wedding (1951)

Ava Gardner married Frank Sinatra on Nov. 7, 1951, at a friend’s home. Sinatra had left his wife, Nancy, for Gardner. Sinatra was blasted by gossip columnists Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons, the Hollywood establishment, the Roman Catholic Church, and by his fans for leaving his wife for a noted femme fatale.

The marriage was turbulent, with many well-publicized fights and altercations. During their marriage Gardner became pregnant twice, but aborted both pregnancies, the reason being that MGM had all sorts of penalty clauses about their stars having babies. Years later she said:

“We couldn’t even take care of ourselves. How were we going to take care of a baby?”

The couple formally announced their separation on October 29, 1953, through MGM. Gardner filed for divorce in June 1954, at a time when she was dating matador Luis Miguel Dominguín, but the divorce was not settled until 1957. It was Gardner’s third and final marriage.  She would later say in her autobiography that Sinatra was the love of her life. Sinatra continued to feel very strongly for her, and they remained friends for life. He was still dealing with her finances in 1976.


Frank and Ava at their wedding in 1951. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)


frank ava

Frank and Ava at their wedding in 1951.



Frank and Ava at their wedding in 1951.




Vintage Glamour Photos of Old Hollywood Actresses Wearing Gloves

Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner via


Hedy Lamarr via


Jane Russell via


Audrey Hepburn via


Anita Ekberg via

Mickey Rooney & Ava Gardner Wedding Day (1942)

Ava Gardner married fellow MGM contract Mickey Rooney on January 10, 1942, when she was 19 years old and he was 21. The ceremony was held in the remote town of Ballard, California, because MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer was worried that fans would desert Rooney’s Andy Hardy movie series if it became known that their star was married.

Ava Gardner divorced Rooney in 1943, well before she became a star in her own right, largely due to his serial adultery. She later described him as:

“The smallest husband I ever had, and the biggest mistake”

Ava went on to marry Artie Shaw (1945-1946) and Frank Sinatra (1951-1957). Mickey went on to marry and divorce six more times. He married wife number eight, singer Jan Chamberlin in 1978; they separated in May 2013.


Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney wedding day, January 10, 1942.



Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney after getting married, January 10, 1942.




Ava Gardner and Mickey Rooney after getting married, January 10, 1942.