Ann-Margret

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Dismissed in the 1960s as a mere "sex kitten," Ann-Margret's career outlived her hip-swiveling breakout and over the next four decades proved her tremendous talent and staying power as a singer, dancer and fine dramatic ... Read more »
Born: 04/28/1941 in Sweden

Filmography

Actor (117)

Ray Donovan 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

All's Faire in Love 2011 (Movie)

Mrs. Banks (Actor)

Lucky 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Old Dogs 2009 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond 2009 (Movie)

Cornelia (Actor)

Memory 2007 (Movie)

Carol Hargrave (Actor)

Tales of the Rat Fink 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Heartbreaker (Actor)

The Break-Up 2006 (Movie)

Wendy Meyers (Actor)

The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause 2006 (Movie)

Sylvia Newman (Actor)

A Woman's A Helluva Thing 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Taxi 2004 (Movie)

Washburn's Mom (Actor)

Bobby Rydell: Wild About Bobby 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Interstate 60 2002 (Movie)

cameo appearance (Actor)

Blonde 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Popular 1999 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Last Producer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1999 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Any Given Sunday 1999 (Movie)

Margaret Pagniacci (Actor)

Stars Over Mississippi, With Prince Edward 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conversation With Burt Reynolds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Lemmon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 ESPY Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Grumpier Old Men 1995 (Movie)

Ariel Gustafson (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Allen: The Boy From Oz 1994 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Grumpy Old Men 1993 (Movie)

Ariel Truax (Actor)

Jack Benny: Comedy in Bloom 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Tina Turner: Going Home 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Newsies 1992 (Movie)

Medda Larkson (Actor)

What About Me? I'm Only 3! 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

George Burns' 95th Birthday Party 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Academy Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Dance Honors 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

A New Life 1988 (Movie)

Jackie Giardino (Actor)

A Tiger's Tale 1988 (Movie)

Rose Butts (Actor)

America's Tribute to Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Golden Globe Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

52 Pick-Up 1986 (Movie)

Barbara Mitchell (Actor)

George Burns' 90th Birthday Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Perry Como's Christmas in England 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Night of 100 Stars II 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Twice in A Lifetime 1985 (Movie)

Audrey Minnelli (Actor)

A Streetcar Named Desire 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Hollywood's Private Home Movies 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

I Ought to Be in Pictures 1982 (Movie)

Stephanie (Actor)

Lookin' to Get Out 1982 (Movie)

Patti Warner (Actor)

The Return of the Soldier 1981 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

Ann-Margret's Hollywood Movie Girls 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Middle Age Crazy 1980 (Movie)

Sue Ann (Actor)

Las Vegas: Palace of Stars 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Villain 1979 (Movie)

Charming Jones (Actor)

Bob Hope Special: Happy Birthday, Bob! 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Magic 1978 (Movie)

Peggy Ann Snow (Actor)

The Cheap Detective 1978 (Movie)

Jezebel Desire (Actor)

Ann-Margret... Rhinestone Cowgirl 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Joseph Andrews 1977 (Movie)

Lady Booby (Actor)

Perry Como, Las Vegas Style 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann-Margret Smith 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Folies bourgeoises 1976 (Movie)

Charlie Minerva (Actor)

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1976 (Movie)

Flavia Geste (Actor)

Ann-Margret Olsson 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Tommy 1975 (Movie)

Nora Walker (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (09/26/73) 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann-Margret -- When You're Smiling 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Train Robbers 1972 (Movie)

Mrs Lowe (Actor)

Un Homme Est Mort 1972 (Movie)

Nancy (Actor)

Carnal Knowledge 1971 (Movie)

Bobbie (Actor)

Ann-Margret: From Hollywood With Love 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (04/13/70) 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

C.C. and Company 1969 (Movie)

Ann McCalley (Actor)

R.P.M. 1969 (Movie)

Rhoda (Actor)

The Ann-Margret Show 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Show (01/16/69) 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Kinky 1966 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Stagecoach 1966 (Movie)

Dallas (Actor)

The Swinger 1966 (Movie)

Kelly Olsson (Actor)

Bus Riley's Back in Town 1965 (Movie)

Laurel (Actor)

Made in Paris 1965 (Movie)

Maggie Scott (Actor)

Murderers' Row 1965 (Movie)

Suzie Solaris (Actor)

The Cincinnati Kid 1965 (Movie)

Melba (Actor)

Once a Thief 1964 (Movie)

Kristine Pedak (Actor)

Viva Las Vegas 1964 (Movie)

Rusty Martin (Actor)

Bye Bye Birdie 1963 (Movie)

Kim McAfee (Actor)

Kitten With a Whip 1963 (Movie)

Jody Dvorak (Actor)

The Pleasure Seekers 1963 (Movie)

Fran Hobson (Actor)

State Fair 1962 (Movie)

Emily Porter (Actor)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

Louise (Actor)

A Place Called Home (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Rodeo (TV Show)

Actor

Following Her Heart (TV Show)

Actor

Four Corners (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Face Murders (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Children (TV Show)

Actor

Our Sons (TV Show)

Actor

Queen (TV Show)

Actor

Scarlett (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Kingdom (TV Show)

Actor

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV Show)

Actor

The Way They Were (TV Show)

Actor

Who Will Love My Children? (TV Show)

Actor
Music (7)

Legion 2010 (Movie)

"I Just Don't Understand" (Song Performer)

Taxicab Confessions: New York, New York 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Song Performer

In the Life 1991 - 2001 (TV Show)

Theme Song Performer

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

("Slowly") (Song Performer)

The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas 2000 (Movie)

("Viva Rock Vegas") (Song Performer)

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

("Get Bruce") (Song Performer)

Vice Squad 1982 (Movie)

("Everybody Needs Somebody Sometime") (Song Performer)

Biography

Dismissed in the 1960s as a mere "sex kitten," Ann-Margret's career outlived her hip-swiveling breakout and over the next four decades proved her tremendous talent and staying power as a singer, dancer and fine dramatic actress. She began her career on the cabaret stage, which she revisited throughout her life as a Las Vegas entertainer and TV variety show host. Her sizzling style was first showcased in the Elvis vehicle "Viva Las Vegas" (1964) as well as "Bye Bye Birdie" (1963); both of which showcased her intriguing beauty, sultry voice and high energy dancing. In the 1970s, she earned respect as a dramatic actress with her Oscar-nominated role in Mike Nichols' "Carnal Knowledge" (1971) and her Golden Globe-winning performance in the rock opera, "Tommy" (1975). The triple-threat's prolific era of made-for-TV movies included a dozen Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for movies like "A Streetcar Named Desire" (ABC, 1984) and "Queen" (CBS, 1993). Through comedic performances, Ann-Margret experienced a big screen resurgence the following decade, revisiting her sexy image to play a middle-aged heartbreaker in the two-picture series, "Grumpy Old Men" (1993, 1995), and introducing herself to a new generation with "mother" roles in mainstream comedies like "The Break-up" (2006) and "The Santa Clause 3" (2006). With her old-school foundation as a well-rounded "entertainer" and a screen versatility that allowed her to toss off sassy one-liners or elicit sympathy as a woman in crisis, Ann-Margret was a revered member of Hollywood's old guard.

Relationships

Jordan Smith

Step-Son

Dallas Thomas Smith

Step-Daughter

Tracey Smith

Step-Daughter

Gustav Olsson

Father
had worked for a time in the USA during his youth emigrated back to the USA in 1942 shortly after Ann-Margret's birth when he got a job with the Johnson Electrical Company mother, initially reluctant to leave Sweden, and Ann-Margret followed in 1946

Anna Olsson

Mother
mother went to work after father became too ill to continue with his job at the electric company

Elvis Presley Song Performer

Companion
co-starred with Ann-Margret in "Viva Las Vegas" (1964) romantically involved for a time c. 1964 the two remained friends until Presley's 1977 death

Roger Smith

Husband
together since 1964 married on May 8, 1967 served as wife's personal manager starred on TV series, "77 Sunset Strip" (ABC, 1958-63) has three children from a previous marriage suffers from muscle-debilitating disease myasthenia gravis

Burt Sugarman

Companion
prominent Hollywood businessman briefly engaged in 1962 married TV host Mary Hart in 1989

EDUCATION

New Trier High School

Winnetka , Illinois 1959
was a cheerleader

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois
attended for one year; planned to change major to dramatics but left school when performing opportunities presented themselves

Milestones

2010

Guest-starred on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

2009

Appeared with Robin Williams and John Travolta in the comedy, "Old Dogs"

2007

Co-starred with Billy Zane in the psychological thriller, "Memory"

2006

Cast as Santa's mother-in-law in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"

2006

Joined with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in the comedy "The Break-Up"

2001

Starred as Miss Mona in a national tour of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"; debut as a musical theater performer; briefly withdrew from performances in late February to care for her ill mother

2001

Co-starred in "A Woman's a Helluva Thing" (filmed 1999); screened at Seattle Film Festival

2000

Essayed the role of a 200-year-old Cinderella (who looks 55) in NBC fantasy miniseries "The 10th Kingdom"

2000

Reteamed with Helgenberger (as Patsy Ramsey) for CBS miniseries "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town", a look at the murder of JonBenet Ramsey

2000

Acted in Burt Reynolds' "The Last Producer" (shot in 1999); screened at Cannes; aired on USA Network in 2001

1999

Was almost unrecognizable as a wily grandmother who frames her abusive younger boyfriend in "Happy Face Murders" (Showtime); first collaboration with actress Marg Helgenberger

1999

Portrayed the estranged mother of a football team owner (Cameron Diaz) in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"

1998

Won plaudits (and a fifth Emmy nod) for her impersonation of Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime biographical movie "Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story"

1998

TV series debut as regular, starring in the short-lived CBS midseason replacement "Four Corners"; show cancelled after three episodes aired; produced through Ann-Margret Productions

1996

Played a popular teacher who uses her wiles to convince three students into killing her husband in the fact-based NBC miniseries "Seduced By Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story"; produced through Ann-Margret Productions

1995

Reprised her role in the sequel "Grumpier Old Men"

1994

Produced (through Ann-Margret Productions) and starred in "Following Her Heart" (NBC), directed by Lee Grant; first time singing in a TV-movie; her mother helped her rehearse her role as a Swedish immigrant, guaranteeing an authentic accent

1994

Portrayed madam Belle Watling in CBS miniseries "Scarlett", adapted from Alexandra Ripley's "sequel" to "Gone With the Wind"; sixth collaboration with Erman; network censors cut one of her scenes for US version

1993

Co-starred with Jack Lemmon and Matthau in the hit comedy "Grumpy Old Men"

1993

Picked up fourth Emmy nomination for the miniseries "Queen" (CBS), helmed by Erman; played a woman who aged from 35 to 85, ending up with a dowager's hump, bad teeth and failing eyesight (contact lenses gave the appearance of cataracts)

1991

Made NYC debut at Radio City Music Hall

1987

Earned another Emmy nomination for her miniseries debut, "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (NBC), helmed by Erman; starred opposite Claudette Colbert who was returning to the screen after a 25-year absence

1986

Turned in fine performance as Roy Scheider's wife in John Frankenheimer's "52 Pick-Up"

1985

Played home-wrecking other woman in "Twice in a Lifetime", co-starring Gene Hackman and Ellen Burstyn

1984

Scored a triumph as Blanche DuBois in the ABC-TV remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire", earning a second Emmy nomination; again directed by Erman

1983

TV dramatic debut, "Who Will Love My Children?" (ABC); earned her an Emmy nomination; first collaboration with director John Erman who convinced her to shed her "glamour" image for the part of an Iowa farm wife dying of cancer

1982

Portrayed Alan Bates' doting cousin in "The Return of the Soldier"

1981

First film with Walter Matthau, "I Ought to Be in Pictures"

1980

Starred in last TV variety special (to date) "Ann-Margret's Hollywood Movie Girls" (ABC)

1979

Acted with Kirk Douglas and Arnold Schwarzeneggar in Hal Needham's "The Villain"

1978

Gave another well-received performance alongside Anthony Hopkins in "Magic", directed by Richard Attenborough

1977

Headlined as Lady Booby in Tony Richardson's "Joseph Andrews", the director's failed attempt to recapture the glory of his "Tom Jones" (1963)

1975

Earned Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her turn as Nora Walker Hobbs in "Tommy", Ken Russell's film version of the Who's rock opera

1975

Entertained President and Mrs Ford and the Shah and Empress of Iran at the White House

1973

Acted opposite John Wayne in "The Train Robbers"

1973

Starred in TV musical variety special, "Ann-Margret ... When You're Smiling" (NBC), an edited version of her Las Vegas stage act; was her most popular TV special, drawing over 51 million viewers

1972

Fell 22 feet from a stage platform while performing at the Sahara Hotel, Lake Tahoe, Nevada (November 10); was in a coma for three days; suffered concussion and many fractures, including ones in her left arm, jaw, and five other facial bones; returned to

1970

Received increased critical respect and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role in "Carnal Knowledge", directed by Mike Nichols

1969

Elicited some favorable reviews for her turn in Stanley Kramer misfire, "R.P.M"

1968

Hosted first TV special, "The Ann-Margret Show" (CBS)

1965

Displayed plenty of cleavage in her sexy portrayal of Steve McQueen's trampy wife in "The Cincinnati Kid"

1964

Performed at President Lyndon B Johnson's inaugural gala

1964

Made motion picture exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars, placing eighth; acted opposite Elvis Presley in "Viva Las Vegas"; also starred in "Kitten with a Whip" and "The Pleasure Seekers"

1963

Co-starred as Kim McAfee in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Bye Bye Birdie"; sang on the popular soundtrack album

1963

Sang at President John F Kennedy's 46th birthday party, just as Marilyn Monroe had the year before

1962

Performed the Oscar-nominated song "Bachelor in Paradise" at the Academy Awards ceremony; received write-up in Show Magazine that said: "In the space of three minutes, Ann-Margret became the hottest name in town"

1962

Played sweet-but-seductive bombshell-next-door in third-rate film remake of the musical "State Fair"

1961

Film acting debut as Bette Davis' daughter in Frank Capra's "A Pocketful of Miracles"

1961

Signed recording contract with RCA (date approximate)

1961

Released first album "And Here She Is--Ann-Margret"

1961

First major TV appearance on the "Jack Benny Show" (CBS) led to a contract with 20th Century-Fox and her first movie

1960

Left school; headed for Las Vegas with group to play gig at the Nevada Hotel in June; job failed to materialize

1960

Noticed by George Burns while singing and playing the maracas in the lounge of the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas; hired for $100 per night for ten nights to perform in his Christmas show at the Congo Room of the Sahara Hotel

1960

Continued on with group to Los Angeles; found agents; worked in Newport Beach, California and Elko and Reno, Nevada

1959

Formed jazz combo, the Suttletones, with three male classmates at Northwestern University; worked in Chicago nightclubs on weekends

1958

Made professional performing debut singing with Danny Ferguson's band for one summer month at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City

1957

Appeared on "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour" (ABC), winning prize as first runner-up

1954

At age 13, won a dancing and singing talent contest on a local TV station (date approximate)

1946

Moved with mother to Fox Lake, Illinois, near Chicago; father had emigrated from Sweden several years earlier

1940

Born in Valsjobyn, a tiny Swedish town near the Arctic Circle

Performed regularly in Las Vegas; became known for a time as 'The Queen of Vegas', 'The Swedish Meatball' and, again in reference to her Scandinavian origins, 'The Vegas Valkyrie'

Moved with family to Wilmette, Illinois, where they lived in the funeral parlor at which her mother was receptionist

Acknowledged she was an alcoholic and began treatment

Inspired and voiced the character of Ann-Margrock on an episode of "The Flintstones" (ABC)

Turned down the female lead in "Cat Ballou" (1965)

Bonus Trivia

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She has an official web site at www.ann-margret.com

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Named Female Star of the Year by the United Motion Pictures Association three times

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Received PHOTOPLAY Magazine's Gold Medal Award as Most Popular Actress in both 1971 and 1972

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Awarded a citation for outstanding performances for her tours of Vietnam and the Far East, presented by former President Lyndon B Johnson

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About the dichotomy of her sexy image and her spiritual beliefs, Ann-Margaret told the Los Angeles Times (February 5, 2002): I know it sounds really strange. But [the religious side] is a part of me that I have not had a chance to show. I've always believed in the Lord, and I really felt good being able to express myself that way."

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