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Thursday, September 16, 2010


Ann-Margret Olsson
April 28, 1941 (age 69)

She has won five Golden Globe Awards, and one Emmy.
Nominated for: two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards,
a Screen Actors Guild Award, and six Emmy Awards,
and a three-time winner of the "Female Star of the Year" award
given by the United Motion Picture Association.

With Jack Nicholson in Carnal Knowledge. Great film. And she's excellent in it!
What an explosive couple they'd make... although, I think she's too smart to be with a cat like Jack.
They were cute together in Tommy, too.

Shy and reserved off stage,
but wildly exuberant and sensuous on stage.

Ann-Margret's mother was a funeral parlor receptionist.

She had a chance encounter with Marilyn Monroe,
who was on location for The Misfits.
Monroe noticed the striking girl in a crowd of onlookers,
then chatted privately with her, offering her encouragement.

She was asked to sing "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home"
at President John F. Kennedy's private birthday party at the Waldorf-Astoria,
one year after Marilyn Monroe's famous "Happy Birthday".

Blonde here, instead of her trademark strawberry-blonde.

Her redhead hair color (she is a "natural brunette") was the idea of Sydney Guilaroff,
a hairdresser who changed the hair color of other famous actresses such as Lucille Ball.

In 1972, in, Nevada, she fell 42 feet from an elevated platform to the stage
and suffered injuries including a broken left arm, cheekbone and jawbone.
Smith flew a stolen plane from Burbank, California, to Lake Tahoe
and back to get his wife to surgeons at UCLA for treatment,
which included meticulous facial reconstructive surgery
that required wiring her mouth shut and putting her on a liquid diet.
Unable to work for ten weeks,
she ultimately returned to the stage almost back to normal.

In 1995, she was ranked 10th place by Empire magazine
as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history.

She has been married to Roger Smith since May 8, 1967.

She rode a 500cc Triumph T100C Tiger motorcycle in The Swinger (1966)
and the same model fitted with a non-standard electric starter in her stage show.
A keen motorcyclist, she was featured in Triumph Motorcycles' official advertisements in the '60s.
She suffered three broken ribs and a fractured shoulder
when she was thrown off a motorcycle she was driving in rural Minnesota in 2000.

On August 29, 2010, she won the Emmy for her guest performance on Law & Order: SVU.
It was the first Emmy win of her career, and she received a standing ovation.

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