London :-  The home of glamorous star of the silver screen Ava Gardner is to receive a blue plaque to mark the 18 years she lived in London .  Professor Ronald Hutton, chairman of English Heritage’s blue plaques panel, said: “Ava Gardner was one of the greatest stars of Hollywood’s golden age of cinema and the quintessential femme fatale of the film noir era.”We are delighted to commemorate her former home today.”The Hollywood siren moved to London in 1968 and bought her first floor flat in the smart district of Knightsbridge in 1972.–Sky News

The American actress’s friend and PA Mearene Jordan travelled Europe with her boss to find suitable furnishings for the roomy apartment. She once said of it: “The decor owed a great deal to the Orient, and we were not worried at all by which part of the Orient the ornamentation came from.  “There were screens and vases and big chests. There was a fireplace and a comfortable chair on either side. It was very cosy.”In fact, I had a hard job tearing Miss G away to go off and be a film star again, but she went.”For the next 18 years, Gardner lived in a “cosy” life at 34 Ennismore Gardens often spending the evening eating supper on a tray provided by her long-term housekeeper. The constant companions of the iconic actress in her later years were her pet corgis. Gardner, once described as the most beautiful woman in the world, liked the privacy of living in London and was known to be quite reclusive although she did enjoy the ballet, theatre and the occasional visit to the local Ennismore Arms Pub. The acclaimed actress and singer appeared in more than 60 films and were nominated for an Oscar in the Best Actress category for her role in Mogambo. But she was also famous for her love life and her three high-profile marriages - to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra - the latter she described as the love of her life. She died of bronchial pneumonia at the age of 67 on 25 January 1990.