Ann Margret has a net worth of $25 million and is a Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer. “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Grumpy Old Men,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” are among her best-known flicks.
Ann Margret’s Early Years
Ann-Margret Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 28th, 1941. Her parents returned to their hometown, a small arctic settlement in north central Sweden, soon after she was born. The province of Jämtland, she said, is a small farming and lumberjacking community. Her father relocated to the United States, and she and her mother followed in 1946.
She was born in a Chicago suburb and became a naturalised citizen in 1949. She began dancing lessons as a child, and her innate knack for performance was evident. Her mother used to sew all of her recital outfits by herself before she had to accept a job as a funeral parlour receptionist.
She began acting when she was in high school, performing in school plays and appearing on a few variety television shows. She went to Northwestern University after graduating from high school and was a member of the Kappa Theta Alpha sorority. She aspired to pursue a career in journalism. Her freshman year, however, she dropped out and opted to join a travelling dance troupe with a few other students. They were known as “The Suttletones,” and they performed in clubs throughout Chicago and subsequently Los Angeles. The rest of the gang opted to return to Chicago after a few months in LA, but Ann-Margret chose to stay. In 1960, she signed a record deal with Warner Bros.
Ann Margret’s screen career
Ann-debut Margret’s Warner Bros. album failed to chart. She did, however, audition for a part in comedian George Burns’ Christmas special and was cast in a prominent role. She earned a lot of positive feedback for her performance and signed a record deal with RCA Victor as well as a seven-year film deal with 21st Century Fox.
She decided to go by her first name just at this point, omitting her last name. In 1961, she began recording songs for RCA and later that year produced the album “And Here She Is: Ann-Margret.” Because she had been compared to Elvis Presley, RCA decided to capitalise on the similarity by placing a cover of “Heartbreak Hotel” on the record, complete with Elvis’ background dancers. Despite the label’s marketing efforts, the album only sold a few thousand copies, but she released a single the next year that did much better. “I Just Don’t Understand” reached the Top 40 on Billboard and stayed there for six weeks. The song would subsequently be covered by the Beatles. She was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category the same year after performing at the 1962 Academy Awards.
Ann Margret’s acting career
Although Ann-Margret was a phenomenal singer, she had a longer acting career than she did singing. In 1962, she made her screen debut in the film “Pocketful of Miracles,” in which she co-starred with Bette Davis. It did well at the box office, but her breakthrough part came the following year in the musical comedy “Bye, Bye Birdie.” It was a huge hit, and its debut at Radio City Music Hall was the highest-grossing film in the theater’s inaugural week. She was requested to sing at John F. Kennedy’s secret birthday party after it was released, and she graced the cover of Life Magazine. In 1964, she starred alongside Elvis Presley in the film “Viva Las Vegas.” Only one of the three duets they recorded for the film made it into the final cut. Due to concerns that Ann-Margret would overshadow Elvis, the remaining two songs were not published until after his death. During the 1960s, she kept herself occupied. She starred alongside Steve McQueen in “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Once a Thief” in 1965. She starred alongside Dean Martin in the 1966 film “Murderers’ Row” and in the comedy “The Swinger” the following year. Her portrayal in the 1971 film “Carnal Knowledge” earned her an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress.
Throughout the 1970s, she expanded her acting repertoire and ventured beyond the romance genre. Her portrayal in the musical “Tommy” earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical Motion Picture in 1975. She continued to act in parts that gained her accolades and honours in the 1980s. In 1984 and 1985, she won two Golden Globes for “Who Will Love My Children?” and “A Streetcar Named Desire,” both in the category of Best Actress in a Mini-Series for Television. She was nominated for five Golden Globes and won five of them during her career. She was also nominated for five Emmy awards, winning one. The 1987 mini-series “The Two Mrs. Greenvilles,” for which she was nominated for an Emmy, was her final award-winning work of the 1980s.
Ann-Margret starred in the box office smash “Grumpy Old Men” in 1993, which grossed over $70 million worldwide. She Ann largely starred in television movies and as a guest star on television shows after that film, but she did have minor appearances in a few big-screen films, including the 2004 comedy “Taxi,” the 2006 independent feature “Memory,” and the 2009 romantic comedy “The Break-Up.”
Ann Margret’s Personal Experiences
Ann-Margret married actor Roger Smith in 1967, and he went on to be her manager. Until his death in 2017, they were married. She didn’t have any children of her own, but she did become Smith’s stepmother to three children from a prior marriage. She began an affair with Elvis Presley during the filming of “Viva Las Vegas,” much to the chagrin of his then-girlfriend Priscilla Presley. Elvis Presley has been said to as Ann-“soulmate,” Margret’s and she claims he informed her he loved her after he married Priscilla. In 2005, CBS aired the miniseries “Elvis,” which featured the narrative of their affair, and actress Rose McGowan played Ann-Margret.
Ann Margret’s investment in Properties
Ann and Roger shared a mansion high up in the Beverly Hills hills for numerous decades. She stayed at the house after he passed away. It’s unclear when they bought the house or how much they paid for it, but it’s certainly worth $7-10 million today.