32 Facts About Ann Margret

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Ann Margret is known for her roles in Pocketful of Miracles, State Fair, Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, The Cincinnati Kid, Carnal Knowledge, The Train Robbers, Tommy, Magic, The Villain, The Return of the Soldier, 52 Pick-Up, Newsies, Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, Any Given Sunday, Taxi, The Break-Up and Going in Style.

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Ann Margret 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.

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Ann Margret's singing and acting careers span six decades, starting in 1961.

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Ann Margret had a Top 20 hit song in 1961 and a charting album in 1964, and she scored a disco hit in 1979.

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5.

Ann Margret recorded a critically acclaimed gospel album in 2001 and an album of Christmas songs in 2004.

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6.

Ann Margret described Valsjobyn as a small town of "lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic Circle".

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7.

Ann Margret's father had emigrated to the USA but returned to Sweden in 1937 and married Anna Aronsson.

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Ann Margret's wife hesitated and Gustav emigrated alone but was joined by his wife and daughter in 1946.

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9.

Ann Margret's parents were supportive, and her mother made all of her costumes by hand.

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10.

Ann Margret attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and continued to star in theater.

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11.

Ann Margret was part of a group known as the Suttletones, which went to the Dunes in Las Vegas, which headlined Tony Bennett and Al Hirt at that time.

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12.

Ann Margret scored the minor success "I Just Don't Understand", which entered the Billboard Top 40 in the third week of August 1961 and stayed six weeks, peaking at number 17.

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13.

Ann Margret's only charting album was Beauty and the Beard, on which she was accompanied by trumpeter Al Hirt.

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14.

Ann Margret 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.

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15.

Ann Margret's next starring role, as the all-American teenager Kim from Sweet Apple, Ohio, in Bye Bye Birdie, made her a major star.

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16.

Ann Margret sang the ballad "The Littlest Lamb" as a lullaby and the rocking song, "Ain't Gonna Be a Fool".

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17.

Ann Margret co-starred along with her friend Dean Martin in the spy spoof Murderers' Row.

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18.

Ann Margret was offered the title role in Cat Ballou, but her manager turned it down without telling her.

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19.

Ann Margret required meticulous facial reconstructive surgery that required wiring her mouth shut and putting her on a liquid diet.

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20.

Ann Margret's character returned for Grumpier Old Men, the equally successful sequel which this time co-starred Sophia Loren.

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21.

Ann Margret played Belle Watling in Scarlett, a television miniseries loosely based on the 1991 book of the same name written by Alexandra Ripley as a sequel to Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind.

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22.

Ann Margret filmed Any Given Sunday for director Oliver Stone, portraying the mother of football team owner Cameron Diaz.

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23.

Ann Margret filmed a cameo appearance for The Limey with Tommy Peacock, but her performance was cut from the movie.

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24.

Ann Margret made guest appearances on the television shows Touched by an Angel in 2000 and three episodes of Third Watch in 2003.

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25.

Ann Margret played Jimmy Fallon's mother in the 2004 comedy Taxi, co-starring Queen Latifah.

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26.

Ann Margret 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.

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27.

Ann Margret starred in several independent films, such as Memory with Billy Zane and Dennis Hopper.

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28.

Ann Margret received her sixth Emmy nomination for her performance.

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29.

Ann Margret appeared in the Lifetime series, Army Wives, in the episode "Guns and Roses", which originally aired May 9,2010.

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30.

Ann Margret was featured in Triumph Motorcycles' official advertisements in the 1960s.

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31.

Ann Margret suffered three broken ribs and a fractured shoulder when she was thrown off a motorcycle in rural Minnesota in 2000.

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32.

Ann Margret provided the voice of a fictionalised version of herself in the 1963 Flintstones episode "Ann-Margrock Presents".

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