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Ann-Margret: Sugar & Spice (20 Jul. 1998)

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A profile of actress Ann-Margret, the sexy, red-haired starlet of the '60s who overcame alcohol dependency and depression.

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A rare actress who has manages to make the transition from sex symbol to character actress with grace. Once the hottest stars in Hollywood, Ann-Margret got her break when George Burns asked her to perform in his Vegas show. From there she went on to star in such films as State Fair and Carnal Knowledge. This woman has known the highs and lows of a career on the silver screen, from the Ann-Margret mania that swept the nation to her near crippling bouts with depression. Written by Tiff Banks

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'Spice' Is The Act; 'Sugar' Is The Real Ann-Margret
1 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ann-Margret may have a "sex kitten" image but the TV episode shows she's really a wonderful, devoted, almost old-fashioned type lady. I mean, how many Hollywood couples are married once and are the same sweethearts they were when they first met? Ann-Margret and Roger Smith are....and friends will tell you it's no accident. Both of them are great people. All the actors interviewed in here - and there were some famous ones like Lemmon - all say she is a sweetheart off screen.

After watching this episode, I also had some respect for Ann-Margret's determination to succeed. Her road to fame started off with a bang, being "discovered" by comedian George Burns and signing a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox at the tender age of 19. However, her career soon started leveling off and then rapidly declining with a bunch of "B" movies. Nobody really took her as a serious actress until 1971 with her role in "Carnal Knowledge." Suddenly, it was "Wow, I didn't know Ann-Margret could act." Yet, she still played the "siren" role throughout most of her film career and became but became just as well-known as a singer and Las Vegas entertainer, and a great contributor to the USO doing shows for the troops in Vietnam with Bob Hope.

Speaking of Vegas, one of Ann-Margret's most memorable moments came when she fell over 20 feet during a performance and was seriously injured. This TV programs tells what happened, how her husband reacted and then her amazing comeback afterward. Ann-Margret seems to be a woman of comebacks, even today....and if you've seen her you'll be shocked that a woman her age can look that good! This Biography episode shows Ann-Margret to be a very impressive woman, not just one with a beautiful face. This was an interesting show and recommended.


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