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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

74 Groovy Things about Ann-Margret on her birthday



Today I'm celebrating Ann-Margret's 74th birthday by sharing a "few" groovy things about her life and career:

1. Ann-Margret Olsson was born on April 28, 1941, in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, and she and her mother joined her father in the United States in November 1946. They moved to Wilmette, Illinois (just outside of Chicago), and Ann-Margret became a U.S. citizen in 1949.

2. At age 16, she sang "Them There Eyes" on Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour on NBC on December 22, 1957.



3. In November 1960, she was discovered by actor/comedian George Burns when he held an audition for potential chorus girls for his Las Vegas act. He was so impressed with her talent that he gave her three songs and a dance number to perform during his 10-night engagement at the Sahara Hotel, where she received rave reviews.

4. She performed "Bill Bailey" and "Mack the Knife" during a screen test in January 1961 for 20th Century Fox, which resulted in a seven-year film contract and a contract with RCA Records.




5. She sang "I Ain't Got Nobody" on The Jack Benny Program on April 2, 1961.



6. She made her film debut as Bette Davis's daughter in the 1961 comedy, Pocketful of Miracles.

7. She received a 1962 Grammy Award nomination for Best New Artist for her 1961 debut album, And Here She Is...Ann-Margret.

8. She received a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer - Female (along with Jane Fonda and Christine Kaufmann) during the 19th Golden Globe Awards on March 5, 1962.

9. She played the "bad girl" opposite Bobby Darin and Pat Boone in the 1962 remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, State Fair.



10. She played Ann-Margrock - an animated version of herself - on the ABC series, The Flintstones, on September 19, 1963.



11. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for her performance as Kim in 1963's Bye Bye Birdie.



12. She had a romance with Elvis Presley while filming their 1964 movie, Viva Las Vegas.



13. She starred opposite John Forsythe in the 1964 drama, Kitten with a Whip.

14. She starred in the 1964 film, The Pleasure Seekers, with Tony Franciosa, Carol Lynley and Gene Tierney.



15. She starred opposite Michael Parks in the 1965 drama, Bus Riley's Back in Town.

16. She played Alain Delon's wife in the 1965 film, Once a Thief.

17. She starred opposite Steve McQueen in the 1965 drama, The Cincinnati Kid.

18. In March 1966, she teamed up with bassist Chuck Day, guitarist Johnny Rivers and drummer Mickey Jones for a 15-day USO tour to entertain the troops in Vietnam.

19. She starred in the 1966 romantic comedy, Made in Paris, with Louis Jourdan, Richard Crenna and Chad Everett.

20. She starred in the 1966 film, Stagecoach, with Bing Crosby and Stefanie Powers.

21. She starred opposite Tony Franciosa in the 1966 film, The Swinger.



22. She starred opposite Dean Martin in the 1966 spy spoof, Murderers' Row.

23. In July 1967, she headlined her first Las Vegas show at the Riviera Hotel.

24. She starred in her first TV special, The Ann-Margret Show, on CBS on December 1, 1968, with her guests Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Danny Thomas and Carol Burnett.




25. She starred in a second CBS special, Ann-Margret: From Hollywood with Love, on December 6, 1969. Her guests were Lucille Ball, Dean Martin and Larry Storch.




26. She was a guest star on Here's Lucy on February 2, 1970.



27. She was a guest on The Dean Martin Show on February 26, 1970.



28. She starred in the 1970 drama, R.P.M., with Anthony Quinn.

29. She starred in the 1970 film, C.C. and Company, with Joe Namath.

30. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1971 Mike Nichols film, Carnal Knowledge.



31. On November 15, 1971, she starred in an NBC adaptation of the musical, Dames at Sea, with Ann Miller and Anne Meara.



32. She starred in the 1973 film, The Train Robbers, with John Wayne.

33. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on January 22, 1975.



34. She starred in a TV special, Ann-Margret Olsson, on January 23, 1975, with her guests Tina Turner and the Osmond Brothers.




35. She was a guest on Rona Barrett's CBS daytime special, Rona Looks at Raquel, Liza, Cher and Ann-Margret, on May 28, 1975.

36. She starred in a TV special, Ann-Margret Smith, on November 20, 1975, with her guests the Bay City Rollers, Sid Caesar, Michel LeGrand and her husband Roger Smith (whom she married in 1967).

37. She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her performance in the 1975 British film, Tommy. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.




38. She performed on the 49th Annual Academy Awards on March 28, 1977.



39. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in the 1977 British comedy, Joseph Andrews.

40. She played Marty Feldman and Michael York's adoptive mother in the 1977 comedy, The Last Remake of Beau Geste.

41. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on October 5, 1977.



42. She played Jezebel Dezire in the 1978 Neil Simon comedy, The Cheap Detective.



43. She starred opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1978 horror film, Magic.

44. She played Charming Jones in the 1979 comedy, The Villain, which starred Kirk Douglas and Arnold Schwarzenegger.



45. She starred in the TV special, Ann-Margret: Hollywood Movie Girls, on May 3, 1980, with her guests George Burns, Dom DeLuise, Danny DeVito, Dean Paul Martin and Roger Moore.



46. She played Bruce Dern's wife in the 1980 film, Middle Age Crazy.

47. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on August 8, 1980.



48. She starred in the 1982 comedy, Lookin' to Get Out, with Jon Voight and his daughter Angelina Jolie (in her film debut).

49. She played Walter Matthau's girlfriend in the 1982 film, Neil Simon's I Ought to Be in Pictures.

50. She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film (and an Emmy Award nomination) for her performance in Who Will Love My Children?, which aired on ABC on February 14, 1983.



51. She was a guest on the TV special, George Burns Celebrates 80 Years in Show Business, on September 19, 1983.



52. She received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her performance as Blanche DuBois in the 1984 remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (she was also nominated for an Emmy Award).




53. She starred in the 1985 film, Twice in a Lifetime, with Gene Hackman and Ellen Burstyn.

54. She was a guest at George Burns' 90th Birthday Party: A Very Special Special on January 17, 1986.



55. She played Roy Scheider's wife in 1986 film, 52 Pick-Up.

56. She was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on February 5, 1987.



57. She received Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Film for her performance in the 1987 NBC miniseries, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.

58. She starred opposite C. Thomas Howell in the 1988 film, A Tiger's Tale.

59. She starred opposite Alan Alda in the 1988 romantic comedy, A New Life.

60. She and Julie Andrews played two mothers of gay sons in the 1991 TV movie, Our Sons.

61. She co-starred with Robert Duvall and Christian Bale in the 1992 Disney musical, Newsies.

62. She received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her performance in the 1993 CBS miniseries, Alex Haley's Queen.

63. She starred in the 1993 comedy, Grumpy Old Men, and its 1995 sequel, Grumpier Old Men.

64. She was a guest on Charlie Rose on February 11, 1994.



65. She starred in the short-lived 1998 CBS drama, Four Corners.

66. She received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story, which aired on October 12, 1998.

67. She played Cameron Diaz's mother in the 1999 Oliver Stone film, Any Given Sunday.

68. She played God in the episode, "Are You There, God? It's Me Ann-Margret", of The WB series, Popular, on December 8, 2000.



69. She made her first appearance in a stage musical as brothel owner Miss Mona in a 2001 touring production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

70. She played Jimmy Fallon's mother in the 2004 comedy, Taxi.

71. She played Jennifer Aniston's mother in the 2006 romantic comedy, The Break-Up.

72. She received her first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for an episode of NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which aired on March 31, 2010.

73. She and Bobby Rydell discussed their film, Bye Bye Birdie, at a special screening at the Motion Picture Academy on April 27, 2011.

74. In 2014, she appeared in a recurring role on the Showtime series, Ray Donovan.

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