SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) _ The Smithfield Post Office is now the Ava Gardner Post Office.
President Bush signed legislation Monday to rename the post office in honor of the Oscar-nominated actress, who grew up in Johnston County.
``Ava Gardner was a small-town girl who became a big-time celebrity,'' said Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C., who sponsored the bill to rename the post office.
``She represents the can-do attitude and patriotism of the people of Smithfield and Johnston County,'' Etheridge said.
Gardner was nominated for a best-actress Oscar for 1953's ``Mogambo.'' Her films also include ``The Night of the Iguana'' and ``On the Beach.''
She had a series of high-profile marriages, to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra. The actress died in 1990, at age 67.