U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge announced Thursday that a U.S. Postal Service committee is considering an Ava Gardner commemorative postage stamp.
"Ava Gardner was a big-time star who never forgot her small-town North Carolina roots," he said. "In addition to being a world-famous actress, she was a patriot who performed for our troops, and she worked tirelessly in the fight against cancer."
Gardner, who died in 1990, was a native of Johnston County.
If approved by the committee, the stamp would not be available until 2010 at the earliest.
Etheridge earlier introduced legislation to name the Smithfield post office after Gardner, at the request of the Smithfield Town Council. The legislation became law in March 2006.
Gardner was born in Smithfield.