Ann-Margret: Young Vixen Of The '60s, Then And Now

By | April 23, 2019

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Left: Ann-Margret wearing black boots, circa 1967. Source: (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images). Right: Ann-Margret in Murderer's Row (1967). Source: (

With a trio of performances in the early '60s -- State Fair, Bye Bye Birdie, and Viva Las Vegas -- Ann-Margret emerged as a sultry, multi-talented star. She's been nominated for Grammys, Oscars and Emmys, and they called her the "female Elvis Presley;" she was ever-present in the '60s and '70s as a singing, dancing and acting renaissance woman. Co-starring with such eminent actors as John Wayne, Steve McQueen, and Jack Nicholson, she warned bevy of nominations and awards, and is still going strong today with performances in Ray DonovanThe Kominsky Method, and Happy!. She collected five Golden Globes, was nominated for two Academy Awards, added six Emmy nominations, including a win in 2010, and has won a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has acted steadily for over 50 years.

A Triple Threat From The Start

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Ann-Margret's debut album; with Elvis Presley in a promotional still for Viva Las Vegas. Sources: (,

A classic triple-threat star, with singing, dancing, and acting chops, Ann-Margret began her showbiz career as a live song-and-dance performer with a group called the Suttletones. She was noticed by George Burns, who invited her to join his annual Christmas show, and she released her debut album in and singer, releasing her debut album And Here She Is in 1961. She attained extremely high praise in singing, dancing, and acting that few other people ever matched. She dueted with Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas, but it's said that Elvis's manager Colonel Tom Parker shelved some of her performances because of concerns she overshadowed Elvis. Yet, despite impressive feats in singing and dancing, her work on screen earned her the most acclaim.