Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner co-starred in three films together and called each other “great old pals.” The eighth annual Ava Gardner Festival, scheduled for Oct. 5-7, will commemorate Gardner and Peck’s long friendship with new exhibits, heritage tours and vintage movies.
Peck once said, “It’s very hard to dominate Ava because of her essential strength of character, her honesty and this almost unreal beauty.” Their friendship lasted the entirety of their careers, and upon her death, he called Gardner “outspoken,” “refreshing” and a “fine actress.”
The opening “Great Sinner” Gala on Friday, Oct. 5, will include casino games to echo the theme of the movie, which was based on the 1866 short novel, “The Gambler,” by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Every attendee will have a chance to win prizes, including two tickets for The Embers’ five-day beach music cruise from Tampa, Fla., to Cozumel and the Grand Caymans. Tickets to the opening reception are $50 each, and the festivities begin at 7 p.m.