The Swedish-American actress and singer Ann-Margret is best known for her starring roles in the musicals "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Viva Las Vegas." She is also known for starring in non-musical films such as "The Cincinnati Kid" and "Carnal Knowledge."
Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in a small fishing village in northern Sweden in 1941 and moved to the United States with her family in 1946. She enrolled at Northwestern University, but soon moved to the West Coast with her band, the Suttletones. While performing in Las Vegas, she attracted the attention of Hollywood legend George Burns and soon earned a musical contract with RCA and a film contract with 20th Century Fox.
Ann-Margret has played against such Hollywood stars as Dick Van Dyke, Elvis Presley, Jack Nicholson and John Wayne. She earned an Academy Award nomination in 1971 for her performance in "Carnal Knowledge," which co-starred Nicholson. She received a second nomination in 1975 for her performance in "Tommy," the rock opera based on the music of The Who. In the 1980s, she transitioned into mostly television work, earning several Emmy nominations. She has continued to work in both film and television since the 1980s, appearing in the hit film "Grumpy Old Men" and the TV miniseries "Queen."