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Ava in a velvet swimsuit for The Barefoot Contessa

Ava Gardner poses in a Velvet swimsuit, for her portrayal of Maria Vargas in, 'The Barefoot Contessa', 1954 - The costumes were designed by the Fontana sisters.

They married in 1951 (pictured) when Frank was 35 and Ava 28, and if their courtship had been a reality show, the marriage was like a bad war movie

Explosive new book reveals Frank and Ava never got over each other

Ava Gardner"Night of the Iguana (1964)

Ava Gardner in "The Night of the Iguana" directed by John Huston, 1964