(born April 28
) is a Sweden
-born actress and singer. Born Ann-Margret Olsson
in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland
, Sweden, she moved to the United States
when young, and grew up in Winnetka, Illinois
. She attended Northwestern University
, and was discovered singing in a cabaret
by George Burns
Ann-Margret and Elvis
in Viva Las Vegas
She got her start in Pocketful of Miracles
, and followed that up with the successful film State Fair
the following year. But it was her starring role as the all-American teenager in Bye Bye Birdie
which made her a star. When she filmed Viva Las Vegas
with Elvis Presley
the following year, she made a life-long friend. Presley continued to send her flowers at the opening of each of her stage show appearances until he died. When The Flintstones
created a character named "Ann-Margrock", she had arrived.
In 1971, she starred in Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge, marking a change from her sex-kitten musical roles. She garnered a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The following year, while performing at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, she fell 22 feet from the stage and suffered injuries which put her out of commission for several months.
In 1975 she starred as the title character's mother in Tommy, and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Other films include Joseph Andrews, A Tiger's Tale, Newsies, 52 Pick-Up and Grumpy Old Men.
She has been married to actor Roger Smith since 1967. Smith suffers from myasthenia gravis, and Ann-Margret has devoted much of her life to tending him.
Ann-Margret has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6501 Hollywood Blvd.