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Ann-Margret in 1963
Ann-Margret Olsson

(1941-04-28) April 28, 1941 (age 80)
Stockholm, Sweden
  • Actress
  • singer
  • dancer
Years active1961–present
(m. 1967; died 2017)

Ann-Margret Olsson (born April 28, 1941), known mononymously as Ann-Margret, is a Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer.

As an actress, Ann-Margret is known for her roles in State Fair (1962), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Carnal Knowledge (1971), The Train Robbers (1973), Tommy (1975), Magic (1978), The Villain (1979), 52 Pick-Up (1986), Newsies (1992), Grumpy Old Men (1993), Grumpier Old Men (1995), and Going in Style (2017). She has won five Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and six Emmy Awards. In 2010, she won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Her singing and acting careers span six decades, starting in 1961; initially, she was billed as a female version of Elvis Presley. She has a sultry, vibrant contralto voice.[1][2] She had a minor success in 1961 and a charting album in 1964, and she scored a disco hit in 1979. She recorded a critically acclaimed gospel album in 2001 and an album of Christmas songs in 2004.

Early life[]

Ann-Margret Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Anna Regina (née Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson, a native of Örnsköldsvik. The family moved back to Valsjöbyn, Jämtland. She later described Valsjöbyn as a small town of "lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic Circle".[3]

Ann-Margret and her mother joined her father in the United States in November 1946, and her father took her to Radio City Music Hall on the day they arrived. They settled in Wilmette, Illinois, outside of Chicago. She became a naturalized American citizen in 1949.[citation needed]

Ann-Margret took her first dance lessons at the Marjorie Young School of Dance, showing natural ability from the start, easily mimicking all the steps. Her parents were supportive, and her mother made all of her costumes by hand. To support the family, Ann-Margret's mother became a funeral parlor receptionist[4] after her husband suffered a severe injury on his job.[5] While a teenager, Ann-Margret appeared on the Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour, Don McNeill's Breakfast Club, and Ted Mack's Amateur Hour. She attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and continued to star in theater.

In 1959, she enrolled at Northwestern University in nearby Evanston, Illinois, and she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. She did not graduate.

As part of a group known as the Suttletones, she performed at the Mist nightclub in Chicago and went to Las Vegas for a promised club date which fell through after the group arrived. They traveled to Los Angeles, California, and through agent , they secured club dates in Newport Beach, California and Reno, Nevada.[citation needed] The group went to the Dunes in Las Vegas, which also headlined Tony Bennett and Al Hirt at that time. George Burns heard of her performance, and she auditioned for his annual holiday show, in which she and Burns performed a softshoe routine. Variety proclaimed that "George Burns has a gold mine in Ann-Margret ... she has a definite style of her own, which can easily guide her to star status".[6]



Ann-Margret began recording for RCA Victor in 1961. Her first RCA Victor recording was "Lost Love". Her debut album, And Here She Is: Ann-Margret, was recorded in Hollywood, arranged and conducted by Marty Paich. Later albums were produced in Nashville with Chet Atkins on guitar, the Jordanaires (Elvis Presley's backup singers), and the Anita Kerr Singers, with liner notes by mentor George Burns. She had a sexy, throaty contralto singing voice,[7] and RCA Victor attempted to capitalize on the 'female Elvis' comparison by having her record a version of "Heartbreak Hotel" and other songs stylistically similar to Presley's. She scored the minor success "I Just Don't Understand" (from her second LP), which entered the Billboard Top 40 in the third week of August 1961 and stayed six weeks, peaking at number 17.[8] The song was later covered in live performances by The Beatles and was recorded during a live performance at the BBC (recorded on July 16, 1963, and broadcast on August 20, 1963). Her only charting album was Beauty and the Beard (1964), on which she was accompanied by trumpeter Al Hirt. Ann-Margret appeared on The Jack Benny Program in 1961 (season 11, episode 24). She also sang at the Academy Awards presentation in 1962, singing the Oscar-nominated song "Theme from Bachelor in Paradise." Her contract with RCA Victor ended in 1966.

In 1962, Ann-Margret was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she had hits on the dance charts, the most successful being 1979's "Love Rush," which peaked at number eight on the disco/dance charts.[9]

In 2001, working with Art Greenhaw, she recorded the album God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions. The album went on to earn a Grammy nomination (forty years since her first) and also a Dove Award nomination for best album of the year in a gospel category. Her album Ann-Margret's Christmas Carol Collection, also produced and arranged by Greenhaw, was recorded in 2004.[10]



Publicity photo from the 1960s

In 1961, she filmed a screen test at 20th Century Fox and was signed to a seven-year contract.[11] Ann-Margret made her film debut in a loan-out to United Artists in Pocketful of Miracles, with Bette Davis. It was a remake of the 1933 movie Lady for a Day. Both versions were directed by Frank Capra.

Then came a 1962 remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical State Fair, in which she played the "bad girl" role of Emily opposite Bobby Darin and Pat Boone. She had previously tested for the part of Margie, the "good girl", but she seemed to be too seductive for that role according to the studio bosses, who then decided to make the switch.[12] The two roles represented two sides of her real-life personality – shy and reserved offstage, but wildly exuberant and sensuous onstage. In her autobiography, the actress wrote that she changed "from Little Miss Lollipop to Sexpot-Banshee" once the music began.[13]

Her next starring role, as the all-American teenager Kim from Sweet Apple, Ohio, in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), made her a major star. The premiere at Radio City Music Hall, 16 years after her first visit to the famed theater, was the highest first-week grossing film to date at the Music Hall. Life put her on the cover for the second time and announced that the "torrid dancing almost replaces the central heating in the theater."[14][15] She was then asked to sing "Baby Won't You Please Come Home" at President John F. Kennedy's private birthday party at the Waldorf-Astoria, one year after Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday".[16]

Ann-Margret met Elvis Presley on the MGM soundstage when the two filmed Viva Las Vegas (1964). She recorded three duets with Presley for the film: "The Lady Loves Me", "You're The Boss", and "Today, Tomorrow, and Forever"; only "The Lady Loves Me" made it into the final film and none of them were commercially released until years after Presley's death, due to concerns by Colonel Tom Parker that Ann-Margret's presence threatened to overshadow Elvis.[17] Ann-Margret introduced Presley to David Winters, whom she recommended as a choreographer for their film. Viva Las Vegas was Winters' first feature film choreography job and was his first of four movies with Presley, and his first of five films, including Kitten with a Whip (1964), Bus Riley's Back in Town (1965), Made in Paris (1966), and The Swinger (1966), and two TV specials with Ann-Margret. Winters was nominated for the 1970 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Choreography for his CBS Television Special: Ann-Margret: From Hollywood with Love (1969).[18]

In 1963, Ann-Margret guest-starred in a popular episode of the animated TV series The Flintstones, voicing Ann-Margrock, an animated version of herself.[19] She sang the ballad "The Littlest Lamb" as a lullaby and the (literally) rocking song, "Ain't Gonna Be a Fool". Decades later, she recorded the theme song, a modified version of the Viva Las Vegas theme, to the live-action film The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.[20]

While she was working on the film Once a Thief (1965), she met her future husband Roger Smith, who after his successful run on the private-eye television series 77 Sunset Strip, was performing a live club show at the Hungry i on a bill with Bill Cosby and Don Adams. That meeting began their courtship, which was met with resistance from her parents.[21]

Ann-Margret starred in The Cincinnati Kid in 1965 opposite Steve McQueen. She also co-starred along with her friend Dean Martin in the spy spoof Murderers' Row (1966). Finally, she starred as the lead character in The Swinger in 1966 with Tony Franciosa.

Her red hair color (she is a "natural brunette") was the idea of Sydney Guilaroff, a hairdresser who changed the hair color of other famous actresses such as Lucille Ball.

She was offered the title role in Cat Ballou (1965), but her manager turned it down without telling her.[22] In March 1966, Ann-Margret and entertainers Chuck Day and Mickey Jones teamed up for a USO tour to entertain U.S. servicemen in remote parts of Viet Nam and other parts of South-East Asia. Ann-Margret, Day, and Jones reunited in November 2005 for an encore of this tour for veterans and troops at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.[23]

During a lull in her film career in July 1967, Ann-Margret gave her first live performance in Las Vegas, with her husband Roger Smith (whom she had married in 1967) taking over as her manager after that engagement. Elvis Presley and his entourage came to see her during the show's five-week run and celebrate backstage. From thereon until his death, Presley sent her a guitar-shaped floral arrangement for each of her Vegas openings. After the first Vegas run ended, she followed up with a CBS television special The Ann-Margret Show, produced and directed by David Winters on December 1, 1968, with guest-stars Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Danny Thomas, and Carol Burnett. Then, she went back to Saigon as part of Hope's Christmas show. A second CBS television special followed, Ann-Margret: From Hollywood With Love, directed and choreographed by David Winters and produced and distributed by Winters' company Winters-Rosen, with guest-stars Dean Martin and Lucille Ball. David Winters and the show were nominated for a Primetime Emmy in Outstanding Choreography.


In 1970, she returned to films with R. P. M., where she starred in alongside Anthony Quinn, and C.C. and Company with Joe Namath as a biker and she portraying a fashion journalist.

In 1971, she starred in Carnal Knowledge by director Mike Nichols, playing the girlfriend of a neglectful, arguably abusive character played by Jack Nicholson, and garnered a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.

On the set of The Train Robbers in Durango, Mexico, in June 1972, she told Nancy Anderson of Copley News Service that she had been on the "grapefruit diet" and had lost almost 20 pounds (134 to 115) eating unsweetened citrus.[24]

On Sunday, September 10, 1972, while performing at Lake Tahoe, she fell 22 feet from an elevated platform to the stage and suffered injuries including a broken left arm, cheekbone, and jawbone. She required meticulous facial reconstructive surgery that required wiring her mouth shut and putting her on a liquid diet. Unable to work for ten weeks, she returned to the stage almost back to normal.[25]

For her contributions to the film industry, Ann-Margret received a motion pictures star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1973. Her star is located at 6501 Hollywood Boulevard.[26]

Throughout the 1970s, Ann-Margret balanced her live musical performances with a string of dramatic film roles that played against her glamorous image. In 1973, she starred with John Wayne in The Train Robbers. Then came the musical Tommy in 1975, for which she was again nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. In addition, she has been nominated for 10 Golden Globe Awards, winning five, including her Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for Tommy. On August 17, 1977, Ann-Margret and Roger Smith traveled to Memphis to attend Elvis Presley's funeral.[27] Three months later, she hosted Memories of Elvis featuring abridged versions of the Elvis 1968 TV and Aloha from Hawaii specials.[28]

Other notable films she co-starred in during the late 1970s include Joseph Andrews (1977), The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977), the horror/suspense thriller Magic (1978) with Anthony Hopkins, and she had a cameo role in The Cheap Detective (1978).

Ann-Margret was an early choice of Allan Carr's to play the role of Sandy Dumbrowski in the 1978 film Grease. At 37 years old, she was ultimately determined to be too old to convincingly play the role of a high school student. Olivia Newton-John got the role instead, and the character was renamed "Sandy Olsson" (after Ann-Margret's birth surname) in her honour.[29]


At the American Film Festival of Deauville, 1988

Ann-Margret starred opposite Bruce Dern in Middle Age Crazy (1980). In 1982, she co-starred with Walter Matthau and Dinah Manoff in the film version of Neil Simon's play I Ought to Be in Pictures. That same year also saw the release of Lookin' to Get Out, filmed two years prior in 1980, in which she co-starred with Jon Voight and played the mother of a five-year-old Angelina Jolie in Jolie's screen debut. To round out 1982, she appeared alongside Alan Bates, Glenda Jackson, and Julie Christie in the film adaptation of The Return of the Soldier. She also starred in the TV movies Who Will Love My Children? (1983) and a remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (1984), winning Golden Globe Awards for both performances.

After Barbara Stanwyck won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie in 1983 for her role in The Thorn Birds, she mentioned Ann-Margret's performance in Who Will Love My Children?, stating at the podium "I would like to pay a personal tribute at this time to a lady who is a wonderful entertainer... I think she gave one of the finest, most beautiful performances I have ever seen...Ann-Margret, you were superb."[30][31]

In Twice in a Lifetime she portrayed the woman for whom Gene Hackman's character left his wife. The next year she appeared as the wife of Roy Scheider's character in the crime thriller 52 Pick-Up. In 1987 she co-starred with Elizabeth Ashley (and also with Claudette Colbert, in the last on-screen role of the film legend's career) in the NBC two-part series "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles". It earned Ann-Margret another Emmy Award nomination, this time for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini Series or a Special.

In 1989, an illustration was done of Oprah Winfrey that was on the cover of TV Guide, and although the head was Oprah's, the body was from a 1979 publicity shot of Ann-Margret. The illustration was rendered so tightly in color pencil by freelance artist Chris Notarile that most people thought it was a composite photograph.[32]

1990s and 2000s[]

In 1991, she starred in the TV film Our Sons opposite Julie Andrews as mothers of sons who are lovers, one of whom is dying of AIDS. In 1992, she co-starred with Robert Duvall and Christian Bale in the Disney musical Newsies. In 1993, Ann-Margret starred in the hit comedy Grumpy Old Men reuniting with Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Her character returned for Grumpier Old Men (1995), the equally successful sequel which this time co-starred Sophia Loren.

Ann-Margret published an autobiography in 1994 titled Ann-Margret: My Story,[33] in which she publicly acknowledged her battle with and ongoing recovery from alcoholism. In 1995, she was chosen by Empire as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history; she ranked 10th.

She also filmed Any Given Sunday (1999) for director Oliver Stone, portraying the mother of football team owner Cameron Diaz. She filmed a cameo appearance for The Limey, but her performance was cut from the movie.[34]

Ann-Margret also starred in several television films, including Queen: The Story of an American Family (1993), Following Her Heart (1994), and Life of the Party (1999), the latter of which she received nominations for an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Image of Ann-Margret at White house correspondents dinner, 1997
At the White House Correspondents Dinner, 1997

She made guest appearances on the television shows Touched by an Angel in 2000 and three episodes of Third Watch in 2003. In 2001, she made her first appearance in a stage musical, playing the character of brothel owner Mona Stangley in a new touring production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. The production co-starred Gary Sandy and Ed Dixon. She played Jimmy Fallon's mother in the 2004 comedy Taxi, co-starring Queen Latifah. In 2001, Ann-Margret worked with Art Greenhaw on the album God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions. The project resulted in her second Grammy Award nomination and first Dove Award nomination for Best Album of the Year in a Gospel category. They teamed up again in 2004 for the album Ann-Margret's Christmas Carol Collection. She performed material from the album at two auditorium church services at Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, and broadcast worldwide on the program Hour of Power.[35]

In 2006, Ann-Margret had supporting roles in the box-office hits The Break-Up with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn, and The Santa Clause 3 with Tim Allen. She also starred in several independent films, such as Memory (2006) with Billy Zane and Dennis Hopper. In 2009, she appeared in the comedy Old Dogs with John Travolta and Robin Williams.


Ann-Margret guest-starred in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, "Bedtime", which first aired on March 31, 2010, on NBC.[36] She received her sixth Emmy nomination for her performance. She also appeared in the Lifetime series, Army Wives, in the episode "Guns and Roses" (season four, episode five), which originally aired May 9, 2010. On August 29, 2010, she won an Emmy Award for Guest Performance by an Actress for her SVU performance. It was the first Emmy win of her career, and she received a standing ovation from the Emmy venue audience as she approached the stage to receive her award.

On October 14, 2010, Ann-Margret appeared on CBS' CSI.[37]

In Fall 2011 she co-starred with Andy Williams for a series of concerts at his Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri. These proved to be Williams' last performances before his death in 2012.

In 2014, she began appearing in a recurring role in the Showtime original series Ray Donovan.[38] On October 1, 2018, it was announced that she had joined the second season of the Syfy series Happy! in a recurring role.[39]

In 2018, she guest-starred in The Kominsky Method, portraying Diane, a widow and possible love interest for the recently widowed Norman, played by Alan Arkin.

Personal life[]

Ann-Margret has no children, but she was the stepmother of the three children of her husband Roger Smith, an actor who later became her manager. She and Smith were married from May 8, 1967, until his death on June 4, 2017. Before this, she dated Eddie Fisher[40] and was romantically linked to Elvis Presley during the filming of Viva Las Vegas in 1964.[41]

A keen motorcyclist, Ann-Margret rode a 500 cc Triumph T100C Tiger in The Swinger (1966) and used the same model, fitted with a nonstandard electric starter, in her stage show and her TV specials. She was featured in Triumph Motorcycles' official advertisements in the 1960s. She suffered three broken ribs and a fractured shoulder when she was thrown off a motorcycle in rural Minnesota in 2000.[42]


The 2005 CBS miniseries Elvis includes the story of her affair with Elvis Presley during the filming of Viva Las Vegas. She was portrayed by actress Rose McGowan. She also provided the voice of a fictionalised version of herself in the 1963 Flintstones episode Ann-Margrock Presents.[19]



Year Title Role Notes
1961 Pocketful of Miracles Louise Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
1962 State Fair Emily Porter
1963 Bye Bye Birdie Kim McAfee Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1963 "The Flintstones" Ann-Margrock[20]
1964 Viva Las Vegas Rusty Martin
1964 Kitten with a Whip Jody Dvorak
1964 The Pleasure Seekers Fran Hobson
1965 Bus Riley's Back in Town Laurel
1965 Once a Thief Kristine Pedak
1965 The Cincinnati Kid Melba
1966 Made in Paris Maggie Scott
1966 Stagecoach Dallas
1966 The Swinger Kelly Olsson
1966 Murderers' Row Suzie
1967 The Tiger and the Pussycat Carolina
1968 The Prophet Maggie, a Hippy
1968 Seven Men and One Brain N/A
1969 Rebus singer
1970 R. P. M. Rhoda
1970 C.C. and Company Ann McCalley
1971 Carnal Knowledge Bobbie Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated–New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress
1971 Dames at Sea Ruby TV adaptation of stage musical[43][44]
1972 The Outside Man Nancy Robson
1973 The Train Robbers Mrs. Lowe
1975 Tommy Nora Walker Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated–Academy Award for Best Actress
1976 The Twist Charlie Minerva
1977 Joseph Andrews Lady Booby Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
1977 The Last Remake of Beau Geste Flavia Geste
1978 The Cheap Detective Jezebel Dezire
1978 Magic Peggy Ann Snow Nominated–Saturn Award for Best Actress
1979 The Villain Charming Jones
1980 Middle Age Crazy Sue Ann Burnett Nominated–Genie Award for Best Performance by a Foreign Actress
1982 The Return of the Soldier Jenny Baldry
1982 Lookin' to Get Out Patti Warner
1982 I Ought to Be in Pictures Steffy Blondell
1983 Who Will Love My Children? Lucile Fray Television film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1984 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois Television film
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1985 Twice in a Lifetime Audrey Minelli
1986 52 Pick-Up Barbara Mitchell
1987 The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Ann Arden Grenville Television film
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1987 A Tiger's Tale Rose Butts
1988 A New Life Jackie Jardino
1991 Our Sons Luanne Barnes Television film
1992 Newsies Medda Larkson Nominated – Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1993 Grumpy Old Men Ariel Truax
1994 Following Her Heart Ingalill "Lena" Lundquist Television film
1995 Grumpier Old Men Ariel Gustafson
1996 Blue Rodeo Maggie Yearwood Television film
1998 Life of the Party Pamela Harriman Television film
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
1999 Any Given Sunday Margaret Pagniacci
1999 Happy Face Murders Lorraine Petrovich Television film
2000 The 10th Kingdom Cinderella Miniseries
2000 The Last Producer Mira Wexler
2000 Perfect Murder, Perfect Town Nedra Paugh Television film
2001 Blonde Della Monroe Television film
2001 A Place Called Home Tula Jeeters Television film
2002 Interstate 60 Mrs. James
2004 Taxi Mrs. Washburn
2005 Mem-o-re Carol Hargrave
2006 Tales of the Rat Fink N/A
2006 The Break-Up Wendy Meyers
2006 The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause Sylvia Newman
2009 All's Faire in Love Her Majesty the Queen
2009 Old Dogs Martha
2009 The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Cornelia
2011 Lucky Pauline Keller
2017 Going in Style Annie
2018 Papa Barbara
2021 Queen Bees Margot

Box office ranking[]

For two years Ann-Margret was voted by movie exhibitors as being among the most popular actors in the United States:

  • 1964 – 8th
  • 1965 – 17th[45]


Year Title Role Notes
1961 The Jack Benny Program Herself Episode: "Variety Show"
1962 The Andy Williams Special Herself Episode: "May 4, 1962"
1963 The Flintstones Ann-Margrock (voice) Episode: "Ann-Margrock Presents"[19]
1970 Here's Lucy Ann-Margret Episode: "Lucy and Ann-Margret"
1993 Alex Haley's Queen Sally Jackson 2 episodes
Nominated–Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated–Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
1994 Scarlett Belle Watling 4 episodes
1996 Seduced by Madness Diane Kay Borchardt 2 episodes
1998 Four Corners Amanda "Maggie" Wyatt 2 episodes
2000 Touched by an Angel Angela Episode: "Millennium"
2000 The 10th Kingdom Cinderella 7 episodes
2000 Popular God Episode: "Are You There, God? It's Me Ann-Margret"
2003 Third Watch Judge Barbara Halsted 3 episodes
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rita Wills Episode: "Bedtime"
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2010 Army Wives Aunt Edie Episode: "Guns & Roses"
2010 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Margot Wilton Episode: "Sqweegel"
2014 Ray Donovan June 2 episodes
2018 The Kominsky Method Diane 2 episodes
2019 Happy! Bebe DeBarge



Title Year Peak chart positions
Billboard Hot 100
Bubbling Under Hot 100
US Dance
"I Just Don't Understand" 1961 17
"It Do Me So Good" 1961 97
"What Am I Supposed To Do" 1962 82 19
"Sleep in the Grass" 1969 13
"Love Rush" 1979 8
"Midnight Message" 1980 12
"Everybody Needs Somebody Sometimes" 1981 22


  • And Here She Is...Ann-Margret (1961)
    • Side 1: I Just Don't Understand/I Don't Hurt Anymore
    • Side 2: Teach Me Tonight/Kansas City
  • More and More American Hits (compilation) (1962)
    • Side 2: What Am I Supposed To Do


  • And Here She Is...Ann-Margret (1961)
  • On the Way Up (1962)
  • The Vivacious One (1962)
  • Bachelor's Paradise (1963)
  • Beauty and the Beard (1964) (with Al Hirt)
  • David Merrick Presents Hits from His Broadway Hits (1964) (with David Merrick)
  • Songs from "The Swinger" (And Other Swingin' Songs) (1966)
  • The Cowboy and the Lady (1969) (with Lee Hazlewood)
  • Ann-Margret (1979)
  • God Is Love: The Gospel Sessions (2001)
  • Today, Tomorrow and Forever: Box Set (2002) (with Elvis Presley)
  • Ann-Margret's Christmas Carol Collection (2004)
  • Love Rush (reissue of Ann-Margret) (2007)
  • God is Love: The Gospel Sessions 2 (2011)[48]


  • State Fair (1962)
  • Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
  • The Pleasure Seekers (1965)
  • Tommy (1975)
  • Newsies (1992)
  • The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000)
  • Viva Las Vegas (LP reissue of Viva Las Vegas EP) (2007) (with Elvis Presley)

Theatre productions[]


  • SWE Order of the Polar Star (after 1975) - Commander BAR.png Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star (KNO) (December 2, 1988)[49][50]

Awards and nominations[]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1962 Grammy Award Best New Artist Nominated
1962 Golden Laurel Top Female New Personality Won
1962 Golden Globe Award Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won
1963 Golden Laurel Top Female Musical Performance State Fair Won
1963 Golden Laurel Top Female Star Nominated
1964 Golden Laurel Top Female Comedy Performance Bye Bye Birdie Won
1964 Golden Laurel Top Female Star Nominated
1964 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy Bye Bye Birdie Nominated
1964 Photoplay Award Most Popular Female Star Won
1965 Golden Laurel Musical Performance, Female Viva Las Vegas Won
1966 Golden Laurel Musical Performance, Female Made in Paris Won
1967 Golden Laurel Top Female Star Nominated
1972 Academy Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Carnal Knowledge Nominated
1972 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role Carnal Knowledge Won
1973 Hollywood Walk of Fame Motion Pictures Contributions to the film industry Inducted
1975 Academy Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Tommy Nominated
1975 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Actress – Musical/Comedy Tommy Won
1978 Golden Globe Award Best Motion Picture Actress in a Supporting Role Joseph Andrews Nominated
1979 Saturn Award Best Actress Magic Nominated
1981 Genie Award Best Performance by a Foreign Actress Middle Age Crazy Nominated
1983 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special Who Will Love My Children? Nominated
1983 Golden Apple Award Female Star of the Year Won
1984 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Special A Streetcar Named Desire Nominated
1984 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Who Will Love My Children? Won
1985 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV A Streetcar Named Desire Won
1987 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini Series or a Special The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Nominated
1987 Women in Film Crystal Award For outstanding women who, through their endurance and the excellence of their work, have helped to expand the role of women within the entertainment industry.[51] Recipient
1988 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV The Two Mrs. Grenvilles Nominated
1993 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Mini Series or a Special Queen: The Story of an American Family Nominated
1994 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Queen: The Story of an American Family Nominated
1999 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story Nominated
1999 Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story Nominated
1999 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story Nominated
2001 Grammy Award Best Southern, Country, or Bluegrass Gospel Album God is Love: The Gospel Sessions Nominated
2002 GMA Dove Award Best Country Album God is Love: The Gospel Sessions Nominated
2005 CineVegas International Film Festival Centennial Award Won
2010 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Law & Order: SVU Won
2013 Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


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