Ann-Margret Biography

Birthday: 1941-04-28
Place of Birth: Valsjöbyn, Jämtlands län Sweden
Height: 5' 3½" (1.61 m)
Wiki Biography: Born in Sweden on April 28, 1941, Ann-Margret Olsson came to America at age five. She began taking dance lessons at age eight, showing natural ability from the start. Her parents were very supportive and encouraged her to enter talent contests, and in 1957 she performed live on national television at age 16. After attending Northwestern University for a year, she left for Las Vegas to pursue a career as a singer. She 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 remake Pocketful of Miracles (1961). A year later, she starred in the musical State Fair (1962) and won a Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Newcomer" before her breakthrough the following year. With the blockbuster successes of Bye Bye Birdie (1963) and Viva Las Vegas (1964), Ann-Margret became a Top 10 Box Office star, teen idol, cultural icon, and was dubbed "the female Elvis Presley". A flood of highly-marketed pictures followed, including Kitten with a Whip (1964), Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Made in Paris (1966), and The Swinger (1966). Most of these movies capitalized on her sex bomb image rather than her acting capabilities. She could not escape being typecast because of her great looks. As a result, her film career cooled down in the late 1960s, and she turned to Las Vegas sing-and-dance shows and television specials for new projects. After a few less-publicized films, she struck gold with the groundbreaking drama Carnal Knowledge (1971) and scored her first Oscar nomination. A near-fatal accident at a Lake Tahoe show in 1972 only momentarily stopped her career. After her recovery, she returned in full-force and was Oscar-nominated again for her intense performance in Tommy (1975), the rock opera film of the British rock band The Who. She followed with a variety of impressive and entertaining films such as Joseph Andrews (1977), Magic (1978), and The Villain (1979). Her film career remained steady into the 1980s, with strong turns in The Return of the Soldier (1982), Twice in a Lifetime (1985), and 52 Pick-Up (1986). However, these were outnumbered by poorly received comedies like Lookin' to Get Out (1982), a film now only notable for featuring the screen debut of future superstar Angelina Jolie. She started to make some TV films, and received the first of many Emmy nominations for her performance in Who Will Love My Children? (1983) (TV). A late career highlight for her was Grumpy Old Men (1993), as the object of desire of Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. She continues to act in movies today.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Alex Haley's Queen Sally Jackson 1993
Grumpy Old Men Ariel Truax 2003 - Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Pocketful of Miracles 1961 Comedy, Drama
Bye Bye Birdie Kim McAfee 1963 0, 0
The Pleasure Seekers 1964
Once a Thief Kristine Pedak 1965 0, Game Show
Kitten with a Whip 1965 Crime, Drama, Action
The Cincinnati Kid 1965 Drama
Murderers' Row Suzie Solaris 1966
Carnal Knowledge 1971 Drama, Comedy
The Train Robbers 1973 0, Fantasy, 0, 0
Tommy Nora Walker Hobbs 1975 0
The Last Remake of Beau Geste 1977 Comedy, Adventure
The Cheap Detective Jezebel Dezire 1978 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
The Villain Charming Jones 1979 Comedy
Lookin' to Get Out Patti Warner 1982
I Ought to Be in Pictures 1982 Comedy, Drama
The Return of the Soldier Jenny Baldry 1985 Drama
Twice in a Lifetime Audrey Minelli 1985 Drama, Romance
52 Pick-Up Barbara Mitchell 1986 Comedy, 0
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles 1987 Drama
A Tiger's Tale Rose Butts 1988 Comedy, Drama
A New Life Jackie Jardino 1988 Comedy
Our Sons 1991 Drama
Grumpy Old Men Ariel Truax 1993 Comedy, Drama
Grumpier Old Men Ariel Gustafson 1995 Comedy, Romance
Any Given Sunday Margaret Pagniacci 1999 0, 0
Taxi Mrs. Washburn 2004 Action, Comedy, Crime
Memory Carol Hargrave 2006
The Break-Up Wendy Meyers 2006
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Aunt Cornelia 2009
Old Dogs Martha 2009 Comedy, Family
All's Faire in Love Her Majesty the Queen 2011
Lucky Pauline Keller 2011 Comedy
Elvis Found Alive Herself 2012 Comedy