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What are some facts about the actress Ann-Margret?

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Ann-Margret Olsson was born on April 28, 1941, in Valsjobyn, Sweden. She achieved fame as an actress in the 1960s, with roles in films such as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Viva Las Vegas."

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Prior to becoming an actress, Ann-Margret was a singer, performing at private events in her home country of Sweden. She then moved to Las Vegas, where she was discovered by comedian George Burns.

Margret became a naturalized citizen in 1949. In 1961, Margret recorded her first album with RCA Victor entitled "And Here She Is: Ann-Margret," which featured Chet Atkins on guitar. The same year, she did a screen test for Twentieth Century Fox and landed a seven-year contract. She acted alongside Bette Davis in her debut film "Pocketful of Miracles."

Ann-Margret became a major star, and was chosen to sererade John F. Kennedy on his 46th birthday. In addition to commercial successes, Ann-Margret received critical acclaim as an actress. For her role in "Carnal Knowledge," she was nomimated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Notable acting credits of Margret include "The Flintstones," "Made in Paris," "The Tiger and the Pussycat," "Grumpy Old Men" and "Any Given Sunday." In 2010, she appeared on an episode of "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," and won an Emmy Award for her performance. In 2014, she landed a recurring role on the television series "Ray Donovan."

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