Ann-Margret Biography

Ann-Margret, a consummate entertainer, has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe Awards, won an Emmy, and received five other Emmy nominations. She is a three-time winner of the “Female Star of the Year” award and has been twice honored as “Outstanding Box Office Star of the Year” by the Theatre Owners of America. Ann-Margret was also nominated for a Grammy for her CD, “God is Love: The Gospel Sessions.”

Ann-Margret has performed at the White House, received presidential citations for entertaining the U.S. armed forces overseas and was honored by the USO World Board of Governors.  During the Vietnam War, Ann-Margret and other entertainers teamed up for a USO tour to entertain U.S. service members in remote parts of Vietnam and Southeast Asia. She still has a great affection for veterans and refers to them as “my gentleman.” She has even given a royal command performance for the King and Queen of Sweden.

Ann-Margret  won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama  for NBC’s highly rated drama, “Law & Order: SVU” and she received an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress in a Movie for Television, starring as the legendary Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime film, “Life of the Party.”  She guest-starred in a three-part episode of NBC’s award-winning series “Third Watch,” as well as “CSI.” She co-starred in “Old Dogs” with John Travolta and Robin Williams and “Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” with Bryce Dallas Howard.

Ann-Margret starred with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, and Alan Arkin in the New Line Productions film “Going in Style.”

She co-starred in the Oliver Stone movie, “Any Given Sunday,” with Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz.  Her Showtime movie, “Happy Face Murders,” was the highest-rated original movie for fifteen months. She recently appeared in a two-part episode of Showtime’s highest-rated series “Ray Donovan.”

As a young girl, Ann-Margret was discovered by the legendary George Burns, and since her film debut playing Bette Davis’ daughter in “A Pocketful of Miracles,” Ann-Margret has made over fifty-five films, including such hits as “Cincinnati Kid,” “State Fair,” “Tommy,”“Carnal Knowledge,” “Bye Bye Birdie,”“Viva Las Vegas,”“Stagecoach,”  Grumpy Old Men” and its sequel, “Grumpier Old Men.”

She has also co-starred with such luminaries as John Wayne,  Elvis Presley, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, and Walter Matthau, among others.

Her two Academy Award nominations were earned in director Mike Nichols’ famous film, “Carnal Knowledge,” and in the classic Ken Russell rock film, “Tommy.”

Her television career has been equally impressive with brilliant dramatic performances and Emmy nominations for “Who Will Love My Children,”“Queen,” “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles” and“A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Ann-Margret recorded the main title song for the DreamWorks Flintstones movie, “Viva Rock Vegas.”

She has also starred in many of her own television specials including “The Ann-Margret Show,” “From Hollywood With Love,” “Dames At Sea,” “When You’re Smiling,” “Ann-Margret Olsson,” “RhinestoneCowgirl,” and “Rockette: A Tribute to Radio City Music Hall.”

As further proof of her popularity, her autobiography, “My Story” reached the New York Times Best Seller List a week after publication.

Ann-Margret starred in the $32 million-dollar grossing, coast-to-coast production, which toured 39 cities, of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.”

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