Ann-Margret Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Valsjöbyn, 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

Family (2)

Spouse Roger Smith (8 May 1967 - 4 June 2017)  (his death)
Parents Anna Regina Aronsson
Carl Gustav Olsson

Trade Mark (3)

Strawberry blonde hair
Sparkling green eyes
Lisp, breathless voice

Trivia (35)

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 O'Brian, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Virginia Madsen, and Liz Phair.
Attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois but did not graduate. She sang in a youth orchestra while studying at the university.
She formed a lifelong bond of friendship with Elvis Presley in their first pairing in Viva Las Vegas (1964). This was kept alive by Elvis' habit of sending a bouquet of flowers to all of her stage-show appearances, until he died on August 16, 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) (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 confessed that she was badly upset because some soldiers whose hand she had shaken died a few days later.
She had two Billboard Club Play charting hits: with "Love Rush" (1979) which climbed to #8, and with "Midnight Message" (1980) that peaked at #12.
She was the first choice to play Gypsy Rose Lee in the comedy-drama musical 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 Academy Award 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.
She was offered the title roles in Cat Ballou (1965) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967), but her agent turned them down without telling her, in favor of better-paying but lower-quality films.
In 1975, she and the immortal George Burns (who discovered her) were both Academy Award nominees (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).
She became a naturalized citizen of the United States (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 June 11, 1973.
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 before. [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 most of 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, 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.
Inducted into the Hair Fan's Hall of Fame. [2014]
Is one of 19 actresses to have received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for a performance where they acted out a labor and/or birth; hers being for Tommy (1975). The others in chronological order are Luise Rainer for The Good Earth (1937), Jane Wyman for Johnny Belinda (1948), Eleanor Parker for Caged (1950), Elizabeth Taylor for Raintree County (1957), Leslie Caron for The L-Shaped Room (1962), Shirley MacLaine for Irma la Douce (1963), Vanessa Redgrave for Isadora (1968), Geneviève Bujold for Anne of the Thousand Days (1969), Marsha Mason for Cinderella Liberty (1973), Ellen Burstyn for Same Time, Next Year (1978), Jessica Lange for Sweet Dreams (1985), Meryl Streep for A Cry in the Dark (1988), Samantha Morton for In America (2002), Elliot Page for Juno (2007), Gabourey Sidibe for Precious (2009), Ruth Negga for Loving (2016), Yalitza Aparicio for Roma (2018) and Vanessa Kirby for Pieces of a Woman (2020).
Her husband, actor Roger Smith, who later became her agent and produced C.C. & Company (1970) for her, died less than a month after their 50th wedding anniversary after a long illness.
She was replaced by Faye Dunaway for the lead role in The Disappearance of Aimee (1976).
According to her 1961 appearance on The Jack Benny Program (1950), she was attending Northwestern University, where she was majoring in geriatrics, taking courses in chemistry, biology, and advanced psychology.
In the Spider-Man comics, Peter Parker's love interest Mary Jane Parker was drawn to look like her.

Personal Quotes (5)

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.
[1975] I like to be pushed. I've been in 27 or 28 movies, and so many of the characters I played were cartoon characters, really. It's nice to play a three-dimensional person every once in a while for a change of pace.
[1975, on the hallucination scene in Tommy (1975) in which she cavorts in food] I knew when I read the script that that was going to be a rough scene to film, if we could do it at all. We shot 'Tommy' during a period of three months, and the television scene was the second to the last one we shot. Russell [director Ken Russell] needed all that time to prepare it.

People ask me how we did it. It was done exactly the way it seems to have been done. Those were real soapsuds, and real baked beans, and that was real chocolate. After we got the chocolate smeared all over, we had to take a day off from shooting - we didn't work on Sundays - and you wouldn't believe what that set was like by Monday, with the chocolate under the hot lights.

They only knew in theory how it would work; they had never tried it. What happened was that the room filled with suds - literally filled up. And I was rolling on the floor under the soap and I caught a piece of glass in my hand. Under liquid like that, you don't really feel the cut very much. I thought I'd nicked something, and then I saw the suds turning pink. And the next thing I knew, I'd had 23 stitches taken. That was bad enough, but as for the beans... To this day, I can't look a bean in the face.

Salary (4)

State Fair (1962) $5,000
Bye Bye Birdie (1963) $35,000
Viva Las Vegas (1964) $275,000
Magic (1978) $300,000

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