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Date of Birth 28 April 1941Valsjöbyn, Jämtlands län, Sweden
Birth NameAnn-Margret Olsson
Nickname Slugger
Height 5' 3½" (1.61 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Actress and singer Ann-Margret is one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century.

Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson, who worked for an electrical company. She came to America at age 6. She studied at Northwestern University and left for Las Vegas to pursue a career as a singer. Ann-Margret was discovered by George Burns and soon afterward got both a record deal at RCA and a film contract at 20th Century Fox. In 1961, her single "I Just Don't Understand" charted in the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Her acting debut followed the same year as Bette Davis' daughter in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles (1961). She appeared in the musical State Fair (1962) a year later before her breakthrough in 1963. With Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and Viva Las Vegas (1964) opposite Elvis Presley, she became a Top 10 Box Office star, teen idol and even Golden Globe nominated actress. She was marketed as Hollywood's hottest young star and in the years to come got awarded the infamous nickname "sex kitten." Her following pictures were sometimes ripped apart by critics (Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965) and The Swinger (1966)), sometimes praised (The Cincinnati Kid (1965)). She couldn't escape being typecast because of her great looks. By the late 1960s, her career stalled, and she turned to Italy for new projects. She returned and, by 1970, she was back in the public image with Hollywood films (R.P.M. (1970) opposite Anthony Quinn), Las Vegas sing-and-dance shows and her own television specials. She finally overcame her image with her Oscar-nominated turn in Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and succeeded in changing her image from sex kitten to respected actress. A near-fatal accident at a Lake Tahoe show in 1972 only momentarily stopped her career. She was again Oscar-nominated in 1975 for Tommy (1975), the rock opera film of the British rock band The Who. Her career continued with successful films throughout the late 1970s and into the 1980s. She starred next to Anthony Hopkins in Magic (1978) and appeared in pictures co-starring Walter Matthau, Gene Hackman, Glenda Jackson and Roy Scheider. She even appeared in a television remake of Tennessee Williams's masterpiece play "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1983. Another late career highlight for her was Grumpy Old Men (1993) as the object of desire for Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. She continues to act in movies today.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Moonie

Spouse (1)

Roger Smith (8 May 1967 - present)

Trade Mark (4)

Strawberry blonde hair
Sparkling green eyes
Voluptuous figure
Lisp, breathless voice

Trivia (33)

Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#10) (1995).
Survived a dramatic 22-foot fall from a stage in a Lake Tahoe, Nevada concert. She broke an arm, suffered five fractures of five facial bones including a smashed cheekbone, and a brain concussion. 10 weeks later to the day, she was back on stage in Las Vegas (1972).
Was a cheerleader at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Other New Trier graduates include Ralph Bellamy, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Hugh B. O'Brien, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Virginia Madsen and Liz Phair.
Attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois but did not graduate.
She formed a lifelong bond of friendship with Elvis Presley in their first pairing in Viva Las Vegas (1964). It was kept alive by Elvis' habit of sending a bouquet of flowers to all of her stage-show appearances, until he died in 1977. She reveals her romance with Elvis in her autobiography.
On August 19, 2000, she suffered three broken ribs and a fractured shoulder when she was thrown off a motorcycle she was driving in rural Minnesota.
Discovered by actor/comedian George Burns when he heard her sing in a campus musical at Northwestern University and hired her to be a part of his Las Vegas act. [November 1960]
Has appeared on a network television show featuring up-and-coming talent, and lost to a man who played "Lady of Spain" by blowing onto a leaf.
Speaks Swedish fluently.
Is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. She was initiated in the Tau chapter (Northwestern University) in 1960.
Rode a 500cc Triumph T100C Tiger motorcycle in The Swinger (1966) and the same model fitted with a non-standard electric starter in her stage show. A keen motorcyclist, she was featured in Triumph Motorcycles' official commercials in the 1960s -- for obvious reasons.
During the Vietnam War, she toured with the USO to entertain U.S. troops in Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia. She still has great affection for the veterans and refers to them as "my gentlemen".
She had two Billboard Club Play charting hits: in 1979 with "Love Rush" which climbed to #8, and in 1980 with "Midnight Message" that peaked at #12.
Was the first choice to play Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy (1962), before Natalie Wood was cast.
Is not a natural redhead. That was Sydney Guilaroff's idea. The legendary hairdresser was also responsible for turning Lucille Ball into a redhead.
Both films for which she was Oscar nominated, Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Tommy (1975), also co-starred Jack Nicholson.
Wrote her autobiography when she heard that an unauthorized biography was in the works and wanted to beat the unauthorized biography to press.
Turned down the leading roles in Cat Ballou (1965) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967) for better-paying but lower-quality films.
She and George Burns (who discovered her) were both Oscar nominees in 1975 (respectively for Tommy (1975) and The Sunshine Boys (1975). Burns won but she did not.
Combining her previous work in Viva Las Vegas (1964) with Elvis Presley and guest starring on The Flintstones (1960) as Ann-Margrock, she sang the title song in the Flintstones live action movie prequel The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000).
Almost married Burt Sugarman in 1962.
She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1949 and took dance lessons at the Marjorie Young School of Dance, showing her natural ability from the beginning, easily mimicking all the steps.
Paul Lynde played her father in Bye Bye Birdie (1963). He later appeared as a producer on an episode of I Dream of Jeannie (1965), and a character asks him what Ann-Margret is really like.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6501 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
In 2013, she experienced a resurge in popularity thanks to her most famous film being the center of attention during an episode of the television series Mad Men (2007).
Performed in her first nightclub act in more than a decade at the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Her last live performance was at Caesars Atlantic City 11 years prior. [March 2003]
Is one of 27 actresses to have received an Academy Award nomination for their performance in a musical; hers being Tommy (1975). The others, in chronological order, are: Bessie Love (The Broadway Melody (1929)), Grace Moore (One Night of Love (1934)), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain (1952)), Marjorie Rambeau (Torch Song (1953)), Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones (1954)), Deborah Kerr (The King and I (1956)), Rita Moreno (West Side Story (1961)), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady (1964)), Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins (1964), The Sound of Music (1965), and Victor Victoria (1982)), Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964)), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music (1965)), Carol Channing (Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)), Kay Medford (Funny Girl (1968)), Barbra Streisand (Funny Girl (1968)), Liza Minnelli (Cabaret (1972)), Ronee Blakley (Nashville (1975)), Lily Tomlin (Nashville (1975)), Lesley Ann Warren (Victor Victoria (1982)), Amy Irving (Yentl (1983)), Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge! (2001)), Queen Latifah (Chicago (2002)), Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago (2002)), Renée Zellweger (Chicago (2002)), Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls (2006)), Penélope Cruz (Nine (2009)), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables (2012)), Meryl Streep (Into the Woods (2014)), and Emma Stone (La La Land (2016)).
She was cast as Peter Fonda's ex-wife in the crime drama The Limey (1999), but all her scenes ended up on the cutting room floor.
Is one of six Swedish actresses to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. The others are Ingrid Bergman, Anita Ekberg, Lena Olin, Ann-Margret,Rebecca Ferguson and Alicia Vikander.
Is one of five Swedish actresses to be nominated for an Academy Award. The others are Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Lena Olin and Alicia Vikander. The only Swedish actor to be nominated is Max von Sydow.
Her favorite impersonator was Michael A. Andrews.
During the war in Vietnam, she went visiting the US troops and confessed that she was badly upset because some soldiers whose she had shaken hands died a few days later.
Inducted into the Hair Fan's Hall of Fame in 2014.

Personal Quotes (3)

The critics had an image of me, and they wouldn't accept any other... I was a cartoon character. A joke.
I was very flattered by the sex-kitten thing because I never thought of myself as that.
[on Elvis Presley] He's an animal. Definitely an animal. A very interesting animal.

Salary (3)

State Fair (1962) $300 per week
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) $35,000
Viva Las Vegas (1964) $275,000

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