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Born: April 28, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Sweden Profession: Cast ...
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1941:
Born in Valsjobyn, a tiny Swedish town near the Arctic Circle
1946:
Moved with mother to Fox Lake, Illinois, near Chicago; father had emigrated from Sweden several years earlier
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Moved with family to Wilmette, Illinois, where they lived in the funeral parlor at which her mother was receptionist
1954:
At age 13, won a dancing and singing talent contest on a local TV station (date approximate)
1957:
Appeared on "Ted Mack's Amateur Hour" (ABC), winning prize as first runner-up
1958:
Made professional performing debut singing with Danny Ferguson's band for one summer month at the Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City
1959:
Formed jazz combo, the Suttletones, with three male classmates at Northwestern University; worked in Chicago nightclubs on weekends
1960:
Left school; headed for Las Vegas with group to play gig at the Nevada Hotel in June; job failed to materialize
1960:
Continued on with group to Los Angeles; found agents; worked in Newport Beach, California and Elko and Reno, Nevada
1960:
Noticed by George Burns while singing and playing the maracas in the lounge of the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas; hired for $100 per night for ten nights to perform in his Christmas show at the Congo Room of the Sahara Hotel
1961:
Signed recording contract with RCA (date approximate)
1961:
First major TV appearance on the "Jack Benny Show" (CBS) led to a contract with 20th Century-Fox and her first movie
1961:
Film acting debut as Bette Davis' daughter in Frank Capra's "A Pocketful of Miracles"
1961:
Released first album "And Here She Is--Ann-Margret"
1962:
Performed the Oscar-nominated song "Bachelor in Paradise" at the Academy Awards ceremony; received write-up in <i>Show Magazine</i> that said: "In the space of three minutes, Ann-Margret became the hottest name in town"
1962:
Played sweet-but-seductive bombshell-next-door in third-rate film remake of the musical "State Fair"
1963:
Sang at President John F Kennedy's 46th birthday party, just as Marilyn Monroe had the year before
1963:
Co-starred as Kim McAfee in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit "Bye Bye Birdie"; sang on the popular soundtrack album
1964:
Performed at President Lyndon B Johnson's inaugural gala
1964:
Made motion picture exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars, placing eighth; acted opposite Elvis Presley in "Viva Las Vegas"; also starred in "Kitten with a Whip" and "The Pleasure Seekers"
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Turned down the female lead in "Cat Ballou" (1965)
1965:
Displayed plenty of cleavage in her sexy portrayal of Steve McQueen's trampy wife in "The Cincinnati Kid"
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Inspired and voiced the character of Ann-Margrock on an episode of "The Flintstones" (ABC)
1968:
Hosted first TV special, "The Ann-Margret Show" (CBS)
1970:
Elicited some favorable reviews for her turn in Stanley Kramer misfire, "R.P.M"
1971:
Received increased critical respect and a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role in "Carnal Knowledge", directed by Mike Nichols
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Performed regularly in Las Vegas; became known for a time as 'The Queen of Vegas', 'The Swedish Meatball' and, again in reference to her Scandinavian origins, 'The Vegas Valkyrie'
1972:
Fell 22 feet from a stage platform while performing at the Sahara Hotel, Lake Tahoe, Nevada (November 10); was in a coma for three days; suffered concussion and many fractures, including ones in her left arm, jaw, and five other facial bones; returned to the stage in ten weeks
1973:
Acted opposite John Wayne in "The Train Robbers"
1973:
Starred in TV musical variety special, "Ann-Margret ... When You're Smiling" (NBC), an edited version of her Las Vegas stage act; was her most popular TV special, drawing over 51 million viewers
1975:
Earned Oscar nomination as Best Actress for her turn as Nora Walker Hobbs in "Tommy", Ken Russell's film version of the Who's rock opera
1975:
Entertained President and Mrs Ford and the Shah and Empress of Iran at the White House
1977:
Headlined as Lady Booby in Tony Richardson's "Joseph Andrews", the director's failed attempt to recapture the glory of his "Tom Jones" (1963)
1978:
Gave another well-received performance alongside Anthony Hopkins in "Magic", directed by Richard Attenborough
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Acknowledged she was an alcoholic and began treatment
1979:
Acted with Kirk Douglas and Arnold Schwarzeneggar in Hal Needham's "The Villain"
1980:
Starred in last TV variety special (to date) "Ann-Margret's Hollywood Movie Girls" (ABC)
1981:
First film with Walter Matthau, "I Ought to Be in Pictures"
1982:
Portrayed Alan Bates' doting cousin in "The Return of the Soldier"
1983:
TV dramatic debut, "Who Will Love My Children?" (ABC); earned her an Emmy nomination; first collaboration with director John Erman who convinced her to shed her "glamour" image for the part of an Iowa farm wife dying of cancer
1984:
Scored a triumph as Blanche DuBois in the ABC-TV remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire", earning a second Emmy nomination; again directed by Erman
1985:
Played home-wrecking other woman in "Twice in a Lifetime", co-starring Gene Hackman and Ellen Burstyn
1986:
Turned in fine performance as Roy Scheider's wife in John Frankenheimer's "52 Pick-Up"
1987:
Earned another Emmy nomination for her miniseries debut, "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (NBC), helmed by Erman; starred opposite Claudette Colbert who was returning to the screen after a 25-year absence
1991:
Made NYC debut at Radio City Music Hall
1993:
Co-starred with Jack Lemmon and Matthau in the hit comedy "Grumpy Old Men"
1993:
Picked up fourth Emmy nomination for the miniseries "Queen" (CBS), helmed by Erman; played a woman who aged from 35 to 85, ending up with a dowager's hump, bad teeth and failing eyesight (contact lenses gave the appearance of cataracts)
1994:
Portrayed madam Belle Watling in CBS miniseries "Scarlett", adapted from Alexandra Ripley's "sequel" to "Gone With the Wind"; sixth collaboration with Erman; network censors cut one of her scenes for US version
1994:
Produced (through Ann-Margret Productions) and starred in "Following Her Heart" (NBC), directed by Lee Grant; first time singing in a TV-movie; her mother helped her rehearse her role as a Swedish immigrant, guaranteeing an authentic accent
1995:
Reprised her role in the sequel "Grumpier Old Men"
1996:
Played a popular teacher who uses her wiles to convince three students into killing her husband in the fact-based NBC miniseries "Seduced By Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story"; produced through Ann-Margret Productions
1998:
TV series debut as regular, starring in the short-lived CBS midseason replacement "Four Corners"; show cancelled after three episodes aired; produced through Ann-Margret Productions
1998:
Won plaudits (and a fifth Emmy nod) for her impersonation of Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime biographical movie "Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story"
1999:
Was almost unrecognizable as a wily grandmother who frames her abusive younger boyfriend in "Happy Face Murders" (Showtime); first collaboration with actress Marg Helgenberger
1999:
Portrayed the estranged mother of a football team owner (Cameron Diaz) in Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday"
2000:
Essayed the role of a 200-year-old Cinderella (who looks 55) in NBC fantasy miniseries "The 10th Kingdom"
2000:
Reteamed with Helgenberger (as Patsy Ramsey) for CBS miniseries "Perfect Murder, Perfect Town", a look at the murder of JonBenet Ramsey
2000:
Acted in Burt Reynolds' "The Last Producer" (shot in 1999); screened at Cannes; aired on USA Network in 2001
2001:
Starred as Miss Mona in a national tour of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas"; debut as a musical theater performer; briefly withdrew from performances in late February to care for her ill mother
2001:
Co-starred in "A Woman's a Helluva Thing" (filmed 1999); screened at Seattle Film Festival
2006:
Joined with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston in the comedy "The Break-Up"
2006:
Cast as Santa's mother-in-law in "The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause"
2007:
Co-starred with Billy Zane in the psychological thriller, "Memory"
2009:
Appeared with Robin Williams and John Travolta in the comedy, "Old Dogs"
2010:
Guest-starred on NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

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