Ava Gardner

By Cheri Lewis

This soundscape portrays a small town girl’s rise to fame in the early 1900s quiet by accident.  Ava Gardner was born on Christmas Eve in 1922.  When she finished her schooling she went to live with her sister in New York and was discovered because of some photographs taken of her.  MGM Studies gave Ava a contract and her first big success was her role in “Showboat.”  Frank Sinatra was, at one time, Ava’s husband and possibly great love of her life.  Later in life Ava starred in Knots Landing.  Ava Gardner is a local legend in Smithfield, North Carolina and is still remembered in the hearts and minds of locals for her beauty and talent.


Read about the tracks use in the soundscape below.

Track 1- “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

Source is freesound.org

Track 2- Me introducing the recording

Track 3- City sound effect

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Track 4- Camera flash sound effect

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Track 5- Lion Roar (originally a cough I recorded and then manipulated)

Track 6- Frank Sinatra singing “L.O.V.E.”

Track 7- Showboat Music

Source is http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/44518/Show-Boat/trailers

Track 8- Knots Landing Music

Source is http://www.televisiontunes.com/Knots_Landing.html

Track 9- Me concluding the recording