Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born American actress, singer and dancer. She has won the Golden Globe Award five times, and has been nominated for the Academy Award, Emmy Award and Grammy.
Her next starring role, as the all-American teenager Kim from Sweet Apple, Ohio, in Bye Bye Birdie, made her a major star. The premiere at Radio City Music Hall, sixteen years after her first visit to the famed theater, was a smash hit--the highest first-week grossing film to date at that theater. Life magazine put her on the cover for the second time and announced that the "torrid dancing almost replaces the central heating in the theater". She was asked to sing "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" at President John F. Kennedy's private birthday party at the Waldorf-Astoria, one year after Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday".
Ann-Margret met Elvis Presley on the MGM soundstage when the two filmed Viva Las Vegas. They began a one-year affair that received considerable attention from the gossip columnists. The reports led to a showdown with Priscilla Presley, described by Priscilla in her 1985 book, Elvis and Me, including a discussion of Ann-Margret's attempt to "cut her off at the pass" with a press announcement that she and Elvis were engaged to be married. Ann-Margret states that although they discussed marriage, they were never engaged and they both knew that the affair would run its course. Comparisons of Ann-Margret as the "female Elvis" were not confined to the publicity agencies. The two of them were truly similar in many ways--both were quiet and shy offstage and electric onstage, treasured their families and believed strongly in God, loved speed and motorcycles, could be defiant of danger, and could be self-destructive at times. After the affair ended, Presley remained a very close friend and continued to send Ann-Margret flowers at the opening of each of her stage appearances.
In 1963, Ann-Margret guest-starred in an extremely popular episode of The Flintstones, voicing Ann-Margrock, an animated version of herself. She sang the (literally) rock-ing song, "Ain't Gonna Be A Fool." Decades later, she recorded the theme song, a modified version of the Viva Las Vegas theme, to the live-action film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas in character as Ann-Margrock.
While working on Once a Thief she re-encountered Roger Smith, who after his successful run on 77 Sunset Strip was performing a live club show at the Hungry i on a bill with Bill Cosby and Don Adams. That meeting began their courtship, which met with resistance from her parents.
Ann-Margret starred in The Cincinnati Kid in 1965 opposite Steve McQueen. She also co-starred along with friend Dean Martin in the spy spoof Murderer's Row (1966). Her redhead hair color (she is a 'natural brunette') was the idea of Sydney Guilaroff, the hairdresser who changed the hair color of other famous actresses such as Lucille Ball. She was offered the role in Cat Ballou which went to Jane Fonda, but her manager turned it down without telling her. In March 1966, Ann-Margret and entertainers Chuck Day and Mickey Jones teamed up for a USO tour to entertain U.S. servicemen in remote parts of Vietnam and other parts of Southeast Asia. She still has great affection for the veterans and refers to them as "my gentlemen". Ann-Margret, Day and Jones reunited in November 2005 for an encore of this tour for veterans and troops at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
During a lull in her film career in the late 1960s, she performed live in Las Vegas, with her husband Roger Smith (whom she had married in 1967) taking over as her manager after that engagement. Elvis and his entourage came to see her during the show's five-week run and to celebrate backstage. She followed up with a television special on December 1, 1968 starring Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Danny Thomas and Carol Burnett. Then she went back to Saigon as part of Bob Hope's Christmas show. A second television special followed with Dean Martin and Lucille Ball. She returned to films with R.P.M. and C.C. and Company (featuring her first nude scenes). In 1971, she starred in Mike Nichols's Carnal Knowledge, marking a significant change from her sex-kitten musical roles and garnering a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The following year, while performing at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, she fell 22 feet from the stage and suffered injuries including a broken left arm, cheekbone and jawbone, that put her out of commission for ten weeks after which she returned to the stage almost back to normal. Roger Smith flew a stolen plane from Burbank to Lake Tahoe and back to get her to surgeons at UCLA to repair her injuries.
Throughout the 1970s, Ann-Margret balanced her live musical performances with a string of critically acclaimed dramatic film roles that played against her glamorous image. In 1973 she starred with John Wayne in The Train Robbers. These included Tommy in 1975, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. In addition, she has been nominated for ten Golden Globe Awards and has won five times, including her Best Actress for Tommy. She also did a string of successful TV specials, starting with The Ann-Margret Show for NBC in 1968.
In 1978, she co-starred with Sir Anthony Hopkins in the horror/suspense thriller Magic. Ann-Margret appeared partially unclad in the film, which involved a steamy nude love scene between her and Hopkins. This was only the second time she ever consented to appear nude. She required the scene to be shot on a closed set with the minimum number of persons present during filming. Additionally, no stills were shot of the scene. Subsequently, High Society magazine published a picture taken from the nude scene, which led to a lawsuit. The court held that Ann-Margret had no right of publicity in the film's release. There was no evidence regarding the extent of her release in relation with Magic; and the court considered her nudity to be "newsworthy"; that Ann-Margret's nonownership in the copyright was an important element; and that High Society was only a "tacky" publication. In 1989, an illustration was done of Oprah Winfrey that graced the cover of TV Guide, and although the head was Oprah's, the body was referenced from a 1979 publicity shot of Ann-Margret. The illustration was rendered so tightly in color pencil by freelance artist Chris Notarile that most people thought it was a composite photograph.
In 1993, she starred in Grumpy Old Men with Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. The following year, Ann-Margret published an autobiography in 1994 titled Ann-Margret: My Story (ISBN 0-399-13891-9). In 1995, she was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history; she ranked 10th.
In 2001, she made her first appearance in a stage musical, playing the character of Mona Stangley in a new touring production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. She has also filmed the movie Mem-o-re, in which she starred with Billy Zane and Dennis Hopper.
|1962||Grammy Awards||Best New Artist||No|
|Golden Laurel||Top Female New Personality||Yes|
|Golden Globe||Most Promising Newcomer-Female||Yes|
|1963||Golden Laurel||Top Female Musical Performance||Yes||State Fair|
|Golden Laurel||Top Female Star||No|
|1963||Golden Laurel||Top Female Comedy Performance||Yes||Bye Bye Birdie|
|Golden Laurel||Top Female Star||No|
|Golden Globe||Best Motion Picture Actress- Musical/Comedy||No||Bye Bye Birdie|
|Photoplay Awards||Most Popular Female Star||Yes|
|1965||Golden Laurel||Musical Performance, Female||Yes||Viva Las Vegas|
|1966||Golden Laurel||Musical Performance, Female||Yes||Made in Paris|
|1967||Golden Laurel||Top Female Star||No|
|1972||Academy Award||Best Actress in a Supporting Role||No||Carnal Knowledge|
|Golden Globe||Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role||Yes|
|1975||Academy Award||Best Actress in a Leading Role||No||Tommy|
|Golden Globe||Best Motion Picture Actress- Musical/Comedy||Yes|
|1978||Golden Globe||Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role||No||Joseph Andrews|
|1979||Saturn Award||Best Actress||No||Magic|
|1981||Genie Award||Best Performance by a Foreign Actress||No||Middle Age Crazy|
|1983||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special||No||Who Will Love My Children?|
|Golden Apple Award||Female Star of the Year||Yes|
|1984||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special||No||A Streetcar Named Desire|
|Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV||Yes||Who Will Love My Children?|
|1985||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV||Yes||A Streetcar Named Desire|
|1987||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini Series or a Special||No||The Two Mrs. Grenvilles|
|Crystal Award||Women in Film Award||Yes|
|1988||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV||No||The Two Mrs. Grenvilles|
|1993||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini Series or a Special||No||Queen: The Story of an American Family|
|1994||Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV||No||Queen: The Story of an American Family|
|1999||Emmy||Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie||No||Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story|
|Golden Globe||Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV||No||Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story|
|SAG Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries||No||Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story|
|2001||Grammy Awards||Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album (God is Love: The Gospel Sessions)||No|
|2002||GMA Dove Awards||Best Country Album (God is Love: The Gospel Sessions)||No|
|2005||CineVegas International Film Festival||Centennial Award||Yes|