Ann-Margret - Rotten Tomatoes

Ann-Margret

Highest Rated:   92% Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Lowest Rated:   0% The Villain (1979)
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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 Ann-Margret tended to be withdrawn when interviewed, which earned her the media's "Sour Apple" award as least cooperative newcomer.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 ea

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
45% Going in Style
  • Annie
$31.8M 2017
No Score Yet Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
  • Himself
2013
7% All's Faire in Love
  • Her Majesty, The Queen
2011
25% The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
  • Aunt Cornelia
$95.0k 2009
5% Old Dogs
  • Martha
$49.5M 2009
No Score Yet The Legendary Crooners: Frank, Dean, Bing, Nat and Perry
  • Actor
2007
15% The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Sylvia Newman
$84.5M 2006
No Score Yet Tales of the Rat Fink
  • Heartbreaker
2006
33% The Break-Up
  • Wendy Meyers
$118.7M 2006
8% Memory
  • Carol Hargrave
2006
10% 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
No Score Yet 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
51% 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
65% 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
46% 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
50% 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
20% 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
89% Carnal Knowledge
  • Bobbie
1971
No Score Yet C.C. and Company
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet R.P.M.
  • Rhoda
1970
No Score Yet C.C. & Company
  • Ann McCalley
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
92% Bye Bye Birdie
  • Kim McAfee
1963
14% State Fair
  • Emily Porter
1962
63% Pocketful of Miracles
  • Louise
1961

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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
  • Actor
  • 2010
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
  • Cinderella
  • 2000

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