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Award-Winning Swedish-American Actress, Singer & Dancer

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Ann-Margret, a consummate entertainer, has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe Awards and received six Emmy nominations for her television work. She is a three-time winner of the Female Star of the Year award given by the United Motion Pictures Association; she has twice been honored as Outstanding Box Office Star of the Year by the Theatre Owners of America; and she was voted Song and Dance Star of the Year by the American Guild of Variety Artists.

Her two Academy Award nominations were earned for her portrayal of Bobby Templeton in director Mike Nichols' famous film, Carnal Knowledge, and for her powerful role as Nora Walker in the classic Ken Russell rock film, Tommy. Ann-Margret received an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress in a Movie for TV, starring as the legendary Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime film, Life of the Party, based on the best-selling book. 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 15 months.

Actress, singer, dancer. Born Ann-Margret Olsson, on April 28, 1941, in Valsjobyn, Sweden. Her parents, Gustav and Anna, migrated to America after World War II, and settled in the Chicago suburb of Fox Lake.

After graduating high school in 1959, Ann-Margret enrolled at Northwestern University as a speech major. Within her first few months at college, she teamed up with three male students to form a jazz combo - The Suttletones. After her freshman year, she withdrew from school, and headed for the West Coast with her newly formed band. They spent most of their time performing at various cabaret clubs in Reno, Las Vegas, and Southern California.

While performing in the lounge of the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, Ann-Margret was given the opportunity to audition for Hollywood veteran George Burns. Immediately after, he invited her to perform for a 10-night engagement at the Sahara Hotel, where the 18-year-old earned rave reviews. A succession of offers followed, including a record contract from RCA, and a seven-year film contract from 20th Century Fox.

In the early 1960s, Ann-Margret's burgeoning career was chronicled in Life magazine, who classified her as Hollywood's next young starlet. She made her film debut as Bette Davis' daughter in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles (1961), and released her first album And Here She Is, Ann-Margret. In 1963, she co-starred in the film adaptation of the Broadway play Bye Bye Birdie, alongside Dick Van Dyke. By the end of year, she had also established herself as a recording star with two albums, and five additional hit singles that appeared on the Bye Bye Birdie soundtrack. In addition, she was invited to serenade President John F. Kennedy at his 46th birthday party.

In 1964’s Viva Las Vegas, Ann-Margret was noted for her performance as Elvis Presley's love interest, a role that she was rumored to play on and offscreen. She continued to make a series of mildly successful films, including Kitten with a Whip and The Pleasure Seekers (both 1964). Although big box-office draws, Ann-Margret's early roles merely exploited her sex appeal, including her portrayal as Karl Malden's promiscuous wife who makes a seductive play for Steve McQueen in The Cincinnati Kid (1965).

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

In 1964, Ann-Margret's romantic life also sparked when she began dating the former star of ABC's 77 Sunset Strip, Roger Smith, whom she had first met in 1961. The couple married in May 1967. Her new husband doubled as her personal manager. In 1968, Ann-Margret was contracted by CBS to host a number of television specials, which featured Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas, and Jack Benny. During her time with CBS, she continued to regularly perform in Vegas, where she was often referred to as "The Queen of Vegas" and "The Swedish Meatball."

Under Smith's influence, she attempted to shed her sex-kitten image by taking on more serious roles. She succeeded when Mike Nichols cast her as the tragic Bobbie Templeton in 1971's Carnal Knowledge, which starred Jack Nicholson. Ann-Margret’s supporting role was considered a breakthrough dramatic performance, establishing her as a credible actress, as well as earning her an Oscar nomination.

On November of 1972, while appearing in a Lake Tahoe Casino, Ann-Margret had a devastating brush with death. While performing an extravagant opening sequence, she plummeted from a 22-foot platform, landing face down. After a dramatic and life-saving rescue, she fell into a coma for three days suffering broken bones in her face. She was taken back to Los Angeles to recover. Shortly after, the actress lost her beloved father to cancer. Ann-Margret's accident, coupled with the death of her father, led to a growing dependency on alcohol. Her addiction took its toll, and before long, she spiraled into a severe depression. However, with the support of her husband, she worked to rebuild her life and career, emerging as a healthier and more vibrant woman.

Ann-Margret elicited favorable reviews for her part in the 1973 Western The Train Robbers, opposite John Wayne. She earned another Oscar nomination for her role in the film version of the rock opera Tommy (1975), and gave a notable performance alongside Anthony Hopkins in Magic (1978).

During the 1980s, Ann-Margret enjoyed a succession of Emmy Award nominations for her performances in some of the decade’s most acclaimed TV movies. She shed her glamorous image to give a convincing performance as a sickly Iowa farm wife in Who Will Love My Children? (1983). The following year, she played Blanche Dubois in the ABC remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (1984), and in 1987, she was cast in her first television miniseries, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.

In the '90s Ann-Margret alternated between TV and films. She was introduced to a new generation with her role in the 1993 comedy hit Grumpy Old Men, and it's equally popular 1995 sequel Grumpier Old Men. She continued her television success, receiving her fourth Emmy nomination for the miniseries Queen (1993), in which she was barely recognizable in her portrayal of a woman who ages 60 years over the course of the film.

In 1998, Ann-Margret earned her fifth Emmy nod for her impersonation of Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime biopic Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story. The following year, she returned to features with a supporting role as Cameron Diaz's mother in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday.

Her autobiography, "My Story" reached the New York Times Bestseller List a week after publication. In 2014, she began appearing in a recurring role in the Showtime original series "Ray Donovan." In 2018, it was announced that she had joined the second season of the Syfy series "Happy!" in a recurring role and also guest-starred in The Kominsky Method.

Ann-Margret is the national chairperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and a national spokesperson for What 60 Looks Like Now – a campaign to educate women about osteoporosis.

During her career, Ann-Margret has been romantically linked to Eddie Fisher, Hugh O'Brien, Frankie Avalon, Vince Edwards, and Hollywood businessman Burt Sugarman, to whom she was briefly engaged in 1962. She was married to Roger Smith from 1967 until his death in 2017. The couple raised three children, from Smith's previous marriage.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ann-Margret for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ann-Margret for your next private or corporate function.
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Ann-Margret Biography

Ann-Margret, a consummate entertainer, has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe Awards and received six Emmy nominations for her television work. She is a three-time winner of the Female Star of the Year award given by the United Motion Pictures Association; she has twice been honored as Outstanding Box Office Star of the Year by the Theatre Owners of America; and she was voted Song and Dance Star of the Year by the American Guild of Variety Artists.

Her two Academy Award nominations were earned for her portrayal of Bobby Templeton in director Mike Nichols' famous film, Carnal Knowledge, and for her powerful role as Nora Walker in the classic Ken Russell rock film, Tommy. Ann-Margret received an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress in a Movie for TV, starring as the legendary Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime film, Life of the Party, based on the best-selling book. 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 15 months.

Actress, singer, dancer. Born Ann-Margret Olsson, on April 28, 1941, in Valsjobyn, Sweden. Her parents, Gustav and Anna, migrated to America after World War II, and settled in the Chicago suburb of Fox Lake.

After graduating high school in 1959, Ann-Margret enrolled at Northwestern University as a speech major. Within her first few months at college, she teamed up with three male students to form a jazz combo - The Suttletones. After her freshman year, she withdrew from school, and headed for the West Coast with her newly formed band. They spent most of their time performing at various cabaret clubs in Reno, Las Vegas, and Southern California.

While performing in the lounge of the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, Ann-Margret was given the opportunity to audition for Hollywood veteran George Burns. Immediately after, he invited her to perform for a 10-night engagement at the Sahara Hotel, where the 18-year-old earned rave reviews. A succession of offers followed, including a record contract from RCA, and a seven-year film contract from 20th Century Fox.

In the early 1960s, Ann-Margret's burgeoning career was chronicled in Life magazine, who classified her as Hollywood's next young starlet. She made her film debut as Bette Davis' daughter in Frank Capra's Pocketful of Miracles (1961), and released her first album And Here She Is, Ann-Margret. In 1963, she co-starred in the film adaptation of the Broadway play Bye Bye Birdie, alongside Dick Van Dyke. By the end of year, she had also established herself as a recording star with two albums, and five additional hit singles that appeared on the Bye Bye Birdie soundtrack. In addition, she was invited to serenade President John F. Kennedy at his 46th birthday party.

In 1964’s Viva Las Vegas, Ann-Margret was noted for her performance as Elvis Presley's love interest, a role that she was rumored to play on and offscreen. She continued to make a series of mildly successful films, including Kitten with a Whip and The Pleasure Seekers (both 1964). Although big box-office draws, Ann-Margret's early roles merely exploited her sex appeal, including her portrayal as Karl Malden's promiscuous wife who makes a seductive play for Steve McQueen in The Cincinnati Kid (1965).

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

In 1964, Ann-Margret's romantic life also sparked when she began dating the former star of ABC's 77 Sunset Strip, Roger Smith, whom she had first met in 1961. The couple married in May 1967. Her new husband doubled as her personal manager. In 1968, Ann-Margret was contracted by CBS to host a number of television specials, which featured Lucille Ball, Danny Thomas, and Jack Benny. During her time with CBS, she continued to regularly perform in Vegas, where she was often referred to as "The Queen of Vegas" and "The Swedish Meatball."

Under Smith's influence, she attempted to shed her sex-kitten image by taking on more serious roles. She succeeded when Mike Nichols cast her as the tragic Bobbie Templeton in 1971's Carnal Knowledge, which starred Jack Nicholson. Ann-Margret’s supporting role was considered a breakthrough dramatic performance, establishing her as a credible actress, as well as earning her an Oscar nomination.

On November of 1972, while appearing in a Lake Tahoe Casino, Ann-Margret had a devastating brush with death. While performing an extravagant opening sequence, she plummeted from a 22-foot platform, landing face down. After a dramatic and life-saving rescue, she fell into a coma for three days suffering broken bones in her face. She was taken back to Los Angeles to recover. Shortly after, the actress lost her beloved father to cancer. Ann-Margret's accident, coupled with the death of her father, led to a growing dependency on alcohol. Her addiction took its toll, and before long, she spiraled into a severe depression. However, with the support of her husband, she worked to rebuild her life and career, emerging as a healthier and more vibrant woman.

Ann-Margret elicited favorable reviews for her part in the 1973 Western The Train Robbers, opposite John Wayne. She earned another Oscar nomination for her role in the film version of the rock opera Tommy (1975), and gave a notable performance alongside Anthony Hopkins in Magic (1978).

During the 1980s, Ann-Margret enjoyed a succession of Emmy Award nominations for her performances in some of the decade’s most acclaimed TV movies. She shed her glamorous image to give a convincing performance as a sickly Iowa farm wife in Who Will Love My Children? (1983). The following year, she played Blanche Dubois in the ABC remake of A Streetcar Named Desire (1984), and in 1987, she was cast in her first television miniseries, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.

In the '90s Ann-Margret alternated between TV and films. She was introduced to a new generation with her role in the 1993 comedy hit Grumpy Old Men, and it's equally popular 1995 sequel Grumpier Old Men. She continued her television success, receiving her fourth Emmy nomination for the miniseries Queen (1993), in which she was barely recognizable in her portrayal of a woman who ages 60 years over the course of the film.

In 1998, Ann-Margret earned her fifth Emmy nod for her impersonation of Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime biopic Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story. The following year, she returned to features with a supporting role as Cameron Diaz's mother in Oliver Stone's Any Given Sunday.

Her autobiography, "My Story" reached the New York Times Bestseller List a week after publication. In 2014, she began appearing in a recurring role in the Showtime original series "Ray Donovan." In 2018, it was announced that she had joined the second season of the Syfy series "Happy!" in a recurring role and also guest-starred in The Kominsky Method.

Ann-Margret is the national chairperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and a national spokesperson for What 60 Looks Like Now – a campaign to educate women about osteoporosis.

During her career, Ann-Margret has been romantically linked to Eddie Fisher, Hugh O'Brien, Frankie Avalon, Vince Edwards, and Hollywood businessman Burt Sugarman, to whom she was briefly engaged in 1962. She was married to Roger Smith from 1967 until his death in 2017. The couple raised three children, from Smith's previous marriage.

Ann-Margret Videos

  • Ann-Margret: Looking back at archived photos
    Ann-Margret, the actress, Hollywood icon and USO tour veteran was presented with the first-ever Bob Hope Legacy Award, for her many contributions to...
  • Ann-Margret hot dance with Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas (4K)
    1964 Property of MGM
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane With 'Bye Bye Birdie' Actress Ann-Margret
    The actress reminisces about her career and talks about her new movie. For more follow the hashtag #RachaelRayShow

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  • How to book Ann-Margret?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ann-Margret for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Ann-Margret, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ann-Margret or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ann-Margret?

    Booking fees for Ann-Margret, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ann-Margret, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ann-Margret?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ann-Margret for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ann-Margret for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ann-Margret or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ann-Margret or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ann-Margret is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ann-Margret for your event is $100,000 - $200,000. Ann-Margret generally travels from Beverly Hills, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are MyAnna Buring, Emma Stone, Sherri Shepherd, Olympia Dukakis and Shohreh Aghdashloo. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ann-Margret for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Ann-Margret Speaker Videos

  • Ann-Margret: Looking back at archived photos
    Ann-Margret, the actress, Hollywood icon and USO tour veteran was presented with the first-ever Bob Hope Legacy Award, for her many contributions to the USO, the service men and women. Before she...
    Ann-Margret hot dance with Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas (4K)
    1964 Property of MGM
  • A Trip Down Memory Lane With 'Bye Bye Birdie' Actress Ann-Margret
    The actress reminisces about her career and talks about her new movie. For more follow the hashtag #RachaelRayShow

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