Ann-Margret

Highest Rated: 89% Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Lowest Rated: 0% The Villain (1979)
Birthday: Apr 28, 1941
Birthplace: Valsjöbyn, Jämtland, Sweden
Swedish siren Ann-Margret immigrated to the U.S. with her family at the age of seven, settling in a Chicago suburb and later studying Drama at Northwestern University. Despite an innate bashfulness, the girl set out to become a musical entertainer, making her professional debut as a singer at the age of 17. Fortunately, she was spotted by comedian George Burns, who hired her for his Las Vegas show and arranged for several professional doors to be opened for his protégée. Her first film was Pocketful of Miracles (1961), in which she played Bette Davis' daughter; this was followed by a lead in State Fair the following year. Ann-Margret tended to be withdrawn when interviewed, which earned her the media's "Sour Apple" award as least cooperative newcomer. But she was able to overcome this initial bad press via a show-stopping appearance at the 1962 Academy Awards telecast, which turned her into an "overnight" national favorite and encouraged the producers of Bye Bye Birdie (1963) to build up her role. Perhaps the best indication of her total public acceptance was her animated appearance in a 1963 episode of The Flintstones (as Ann Margrock). Ann-Margret's career faltered in the mid-'60s thanks to a string of forgettable pictures like Made in Paris (1966) and Kitten With a Whip (1964). (One of the few highlights of this period, however, was her appearance in Elvis Presley's Viva Las Vegas in 1964, which led to an offscreen relation with The King.) Her career in doldrums, Ann-Margret marshalled a comeback in the early '70s thanks to the tireless efforts of her husband and manager, former actor Roger Smith. Sold-out Las Vegas and concert performances were part of her career turnabout, although the most crucial aspect was her Oscar nomination for a difficult role in 1971's Carnal Knowledge. But the comeback nearly ended before it began in 1972 when the entertainer was seriously injured in a fall during her Vegas act. With the help of physical rehabilitation and plastic surgery (not to mention the loving ministrations and encouragement of Smith), the actress made a complete recovery and went on to even greater career heights. She received her second Oscar nomination for her bravura performance in the rock-opera film Tommy (1975), where, in one of the high points of '70s cinema bizarre, she sang a number while swimming in baked beans. Ann-Margret was equally impressive (though in a less messy manner) in such powerhouse TV movies as Who Will Love My Children? (1983) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1984). The low point of Ann-Margret's early-80s career doubtless arrived when she agreed to act in Hal Ashby's lousy 1982 gambling drama Lookin' to Get Out (aside a scream-happy Jon Voight) -- and probably regretted it for years afterward. A few triumphs marked the 1980s as well, however, such as the actress's turn as Steffy Blondell in Neil Simon's enjoyably bittersweet comedy-drama I Ought to Be in Pictures, and her role as a barmaid who strikes up an extramarital affair with - and later weds - Gene Hackman, in Bud Yorkin's finely-wrought domestic drama Twice in a Lifetime (1985). After Newsies (1992), Disney's glaringly awful attempt to revive the period musical, Ann-Margret took time out of her packed schedule to write her 1993 autobiography Ann-Margret: My Story, a work revelatory about herself and her own personal demons that nonetheless evinces respect toward her show-business mentors and co-workers. She exuded warmth as the bon vivant who falls in-between bickering Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon in the 1993 box office hit Grumpy Old Men and its lackluster 1995 sequel, Grumpier Old Men (and played a satisfying straight man throughout). Yet the high profile of the Old Men releases made them exceptions to the actress's output in the mid-late nineties and early 2000s, which - though of varying quality - placed infinitely greater weight on television work than Ann-Margret had at any earlier point in her career. (In fact, for a period of about

Photos

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Papa Barbara 2018
48% Going in Style Annie $45.1M 2017
No Score Yet Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love Himself 2013
7% All's Faire in Love Her Majesty, The Queen 2011
No Score Yet Lucky Pauline Keller 2011
25% The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Aunt Cornelia $95K 2009
5% Old Dogs Martha $49.5M 2009
No Score Yet The Legendary Crooners: Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat and Perry Actor 2007
17% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Sylvia Newman $84.5M 2006
No Score Yet Tales of the Rat Fink Heartbreaker 2006
34% The Break-Up Wendy Meyers $118.7M 2006
14% Memory Carol Hargrave 2006
9% Taxi Washburn's Mom 2004
No Score Yet A Place Called Home Tula Bouvier Jeeters 2004
No Score Yet Peter Allen: The Boy from Oz Actor 2004
No Score Yet Interstate 60 Mrs. James 2002
33% The Last Producer Mira Wexler 2002
No Score Yet Blonde Actor 2001
No Score Yet A Woman's a Helluva Thing Claire 2001
No Score Yet Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Nedra Paugh 2000
No Score Yet The Final Hit Mira Wexler 2000
No Score Yet Hollywood Screen Tests Actor 2000
52% Any Given Sunday Margaret Pagniacci 1999
No Score Yet The Happy Face Murders Lorraine Petrovich 1999
No Score Yet Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Diane Borchardt 1996
17% Grumpier Old Men Ariel Gustafson 1995
No Score Yet Scarlett Actor 1994
No Score Yet Following Her Heart Ingalill/Lena 1994
63% Grumpy Old Men Ariel Truax 1993
No Score Yet Tina Turner - The Girl From Nutbush Actor 1993
39% Newsies Medda 1992
No Score Yet Queen Sally 1992
No Score Yet Our Sons (Too Little, Too Late) Luanne Barnes 1991
29% A New Life Jackie 1988
No Score Yet A Tiger's Tale Rose Butts 1988
No Score Yet The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Ann Arden Grenville 1987
No Score Yet Hollywood Home Movies Actor 1987
43% 52 Pick-Up Barbara Mitchell 1986
83% Twice in a Lifetime Audrey Minelli 1985
No Score Yet The Return of the Soldier Actor 1985
No Score Yet A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois 1984
No Score Yet Who Will Love My Children? Lucille Fray 1983
25% Lookin' to Get Out Patti Warner 1982
No Score Yet I Ought to Be in Pictures Steffy Blondell 1982
No Score Yet Return of the Soldier Jenny Baldry 1982
No Score Yet Middle Age Crazy Sue Ann 1980
0% The Villain Charming Jones 1979
83% Magic Peggy Ann Snow 1978
43% The Cheap Detective Jezebel Dezire 1978
No Score Yet Joseph Andrews Lady Booby/'Belle' 1977
33% The Last Remake of Beau Geste Flavia Geste 1977
No Score Yet Folies Bergere (The Twist) Actor 1976
77% Tommy Nora Walker Hobbs 1975
33% The Train Robbers Mrs. Lowe 1973
No Score Yet Un homme est mort (A Man Is Dead), (Funerale a Los Angeles) (The Outside Man) Nancy Robson 1972
86% Carnal Knowledge Bobbie 1971
No Score Yet C.C. and Company Ann McCalley 1970
No Score Yet R.P.M. Rhoda 1970
No Score Yet The Prophet Actor 1968
No Score Yet Mondo Hollywood Actor 1967
No Score Yet The Tiger and the Pussycat Carolina 1967
No Score Yet Murderers' Row Suzie Solaris 1966
No Score Yet Stagecoach Dallas 1966
No Score Yet Made in Paris Maggie Scott 1966
No Score Yet The Swinger Kelly Olsson 1966
No Score Yet Bus Riley's Back in Town Laurel 1965
85% The Cincinnati Kid Melba 1965
No Score Yet Once a Thief Kristine Pedak 1965
85% Viva Las Vegas Rusty Martin 1964
No Score Yet The Pleasure Seekers Fran Hobson 1964
67% Kitten with a Whip Jody Dvorak 1964
89% Bye Bye Birdie Kim McAfee 1963
14% State Fair Emily Porter 1962
63% Pocketful of Miracles Louise 1961

TV

CREDIT
90% Happy!
2017
Guest
  • 2019
No Score Yet Today
2017
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Army Wives
2007-2014
Aunt Edie
  • 2010
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
Margot Wilton
  • 2010
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • 2010
No Score Yet Third Watch
1999-2005
Judge Barbara Halsted
  • 2003
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
Cinderella
  • 2000
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Angela Britton
  • 2000
60% Popular
1999-2001
Ghostly Figure
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Flintstones
1960-1966
Voice
  • 1963

QUOTES FROM Ann-Margret CHARACTERS