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Viva Las Vegas, 1964
Nationality: Swedish-American
Education: New Trier High School
Alma mater: Northwestern University
Occupation: Actress, singer, dancer
Years active: 1961–present
Spouse(s): Roger Smith (m. 1967)
Email: Ann-Margret

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Ann Margret

Of all Elvis' leading ladies, Ann-Margret will always be Number One. Not because she was the sexiest, or the best actress (although she certainly qualifies on both counts!), or because "Viva Las Vegas" was that great of a film (but for an Elvis film, it's pretty good!), but because the on-screen chemistry between them was NOT ACTING. It's probably why Viva Las Vegas is still one of the best-remembered of both Elvis' and AM's films. Watching the film today, what comes across is two talented stars at the peak of their confidence, enjoying each other's company, and having fun! And that's pretty much what was happening off-screen, too! But don't just take my word for it; get it straight from the source ( "Ann-Margret: My Story"). Needless to say, when people think of actresses in Elvis films, Ann-Margret is almost always the first to come to mind.
Although born in Stockholm, Ann-Margret Olsson was raised in the town of Valsjobyn, Sweden, a small mountain village. At the age of five, she and her mother joined her father in America. Growing up near Chicago, she was performing in a group by age 16, and at 19 was discovered by George Burns in Las Vegas. She appeared on "The Jack Benny Show", and was soon in the movies with "Pocketful of Miracles". her first important role came in 1963 with "Bye, Bye Birdie", a musical about a rock star who is drafted into the army (hmmm...). "Viva Las Vegas" immediately followed. As Rusty Martin, Ann-Margret sang "My Rival", "Appreciation", and duetted with Elvis on "The Lady Loves Me". The duet "You're The Boss" was recorded for the film but not used. Since Ann-Margret was on the same record label as Elvis at the time (RCA Victor), it's surprising that there was no soundtrack album released including both artists. (Elvis only did this once: see Nancy Sinatra ). however, nowadays, you can get the "Viva Las Vegas" soundtrack on CD, which includes both the duets.
According to AM's autobiography, she and Elvis hit it off almost immediately when they first met. They had a lot in common, both in their public images, and their private personalities. In fact, the very contrast between "wild in public" and "shy in person" was one of their most notable similarities. They shared a deep belief in God. They were both very close to their families. For both stars, their fame came overwhelmingly fast, and a tight-knit family was both a comfort and a safety net. Oh, yeah, and they both kind of liked music a little bit, too!

Although the british press reported them engaged, AM and Elvis soon went their separate ways. They remained friends afterwards, attending each other's concerts in Vegas, whenever they were in town. (Ann-Margret and her husband Roger Smith were among the very few celebrities who attended Elvis' funeral.) In 1971, she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for "Carnal Knowledge", and in 1975 for Best Actress for "Tommy". Between theatrical films, TV movies, and her night club act, AM has kept herself quite busy. Among her most recent successes was the lead role in the Lifetime Channel movie, Life of the Party: The Pamela harriman Story, a role as Cinderella in the fantasy mini-series 10th Kingdom, as well as an appearance in the film, Any Given Sunday, a notable guest role on the popular TV series Touched By An Angel, and an appearance with friend Burt Reynolds in The Final hit. She also has just finished touring in the musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", which is her first stage role!
Ann-Margaret was one of the last true bombshells; the type of actress you would see in a photograph, looking gorgeous posed on a piece of custom upholstered furniture

We got to meet Ann-Margret backstage!

Thanks to A-M's webmaster, bruce Thompson, quite a few of us fans have gotten to meet Ann-Margret in person, as she tours the country! here she poses with (left to right) Jeanne & Jon Fahey, Cyndie & me, backstage in St. Louis. Both she and her husband, Roger, were very nice, spoke with us for a few minutes, and we even got to meet their little dog Missy (the one from Any Given Sunday). It was definitely a night to remember! Original site of Elvis Woman

Ann-Margret Links

Fan Sites

- When I first started this page, J.W. Smith's webpage was the only other one out there. Now there's quite a few to browse, and all have something unique to offer! These are sites that I visit on a regular basis just to see if they've updated or added anything... I suggest you do the same...
| The Official Ann-Margret Site! |
| J.W. Smith's Ann-Margret Page |
| The Unofficial Ann-Margret Page From Sweden! |
| Ann-Margret: The Vivacious One |
| Gary Wheeler's Ann-Margret Magazine |
| Viva Ann-Margret |
| DRD's Ann-Margret Page |
| Kitten With A Whip: tribute to Ann-Margret |

Other Links

| Ann-Margret IMDB entry |
| The Viva Ann-Margret Yahoo Club |
| Classic Movies - Ann-Margret |
| Vietnam, 1965 |
| TV Now: Ann-Margret |
| Viva Las Vegas, July 1963 |
| Mr. ShowBiz |
| Driveway! |
| CelebSite: Ann-Margret |
| LIFE, Jan 11, 1963 |
| Aug 6, 1971 |
| JSR Ann-Margret page |

Buy Ann-Margret's music on CD or download MP3s

And Here She Is CD On The Way Up CD The Vivacious One CD Bachelor's Paradise Bachelor's Paradise / On The Way Up CD Bye Bye Birdie CD AM & Al Hirt: Beauty And The Beard AM & Al Hirt: Personalities AM & John Gary: David Merrick Presents Hits From His Broadway Hits Cowboy And The Lady CD Cowboy And The Lady CD Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes Newsies soundtrack Let Me Entertain You CD Very Best of Ann-Margret CD Best Little Whorehouse CD Ann-Margret's Christmas Carol Collection  CD Viva La Vivacious!-Best Of The RCA Years God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions, Vol. 2