Ann Margret is a renowned Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer, boasting a net worth of $25 million. She gained fame through her memorable roles in iconic films like “Bye, Bye Birdie,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Grumpy Old Men,” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
|Full Name||Ann-Margret Olsson|
|Date of Birth||April 28th, 1941|
|Place of Birth||Stockholm, Sweden|
|Nationality||Swedish-American (naturalized citizen in 1949)|
|Net Worth||$25 million|
|Early Life||– Moved to a small arctic village in north-central Sweden with her parents before relocating to the US in 1946.|
|– Grew up in a Chicago suburb and showed early talent in performing, taking dance lessons and participating in school productions.|
|Education||– Joined the Kappa Theta Alpha sorority at Northwestern University with initial intentions to study journalism.|
|Career Beginnings||– Became a member of the traveling dance group “The Suttletones” while in Los Angeles, leading to a record deal with Warner Bros in 1960.|
|Early Career Highlights||– Released her first album “And Here She Is: Ann-Margret” with RCA in 1961.|
|– Achieved Billboard’s Top 40 with her single “I Just Don’t Understand.”|
|– Performed at the 1962 Academy Awards and received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.|
|Acting Career||– On-screen debut in 1962 with “Pocketful of Miracles” alongside Bette Davis.|
|– Breakthrough role in “Bye, Bye Birdie” (1963) catapulted her to fame.|
|– Notable roles in films like “Viva Las Vegas,” “The Cincinnati Kid,” and “Carnal Knowledge.”|
|Awards||– Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (1971).|
|– Five Golden Globe wins and numerous nominations.|
|– Five Emmy nominations and one win.|
|Later Achievements||– Won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical Motion Picture for “Tommy” (1975).|
|– Continued to receive acclaim in the ’80s with roles in “Who Will Love My Children?” and “A Streetcar Named Desire.”|
|Film “Grumpy Old Men”||– Featured in the hit film “Grumpy Old Men” in 1993, grossing over $70 million worldwide.|
|Personal Life||– Married actor Roger Smith in 1967.|
|– Became stepmother to Smith’s three children from a previous marriage.|
|– Had an affair with Elvis Presley during the filming of “Viva Las Vegas.”|
|Real Estate||– Resided in a Beverly Hills mansion worth an estimated $7 to $10 million.|
Born as Ann-Margret Olsson on April 28th, 1941 in Stockholm, Sweden, she soon moved with her parents to a small arctic village in north central Sweden. The province of Jämtland, where she grew up, was a tight-knit farming and lumberjacking community. In 1946, she and her mother joined her father in the US.
Growing up in a Chicago suburb, Ann Margret became a naturalized citizen in 1949. Even as a child, her talent for performing was evident, and she took dance lessons. Her mother dedicatedly hand-sewed all her recital costumes. In high school, she delved into acting, participating in school productions and landing spots on variety television shows.
Post high school, she became a member of the Kappa Theta Alpha sorority at Northwestern University, intending to study journalism. However, she decided to embark on a different path, joining a traveling dance group called “The Suttletones” with fellow students. While in Los Angeles, she decided to stay on even as the rest of the group returned to Chicago. This led to her signing a record deal with Warner Bros in 1960.
Ann Margret Early Career
Ann-Margret’s first album with Warner Bros didn’t see significant success. However, she landed a notable part in comedian George Burns’ Christmas special, garnering widespread acclaim. This led to her signing both a record deal with RCA Victor and a seven-year film contract with 21st Century Fox.
Choosing to go by her first name alone, she began recording music for RCA in 1961, releasing the album “And Here She Is: Ann-Margret.” Despite being dubbed a female Elvis, her album’s sales were moderate. Nevertheless, her single “I Just Don’t Understand” made it to Billboard’s Top 40, staying for six weeks. This song would later be covered by The Beatles. She also performed at the 1962 Academy Awards and received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
A Flourishing Acting Career
While a gifted singer, Ann-Margret’s acting career became even more extensive. Her on-screen debut was in 1962’s “Pocketful of Miracles,” alongside Bette Davis. The real breakthrough, however, came the following year in the musical comedy “Bye, Bye Birdie.” It was a tremendous success, making history at Radio City Music Hall. This catapulted her to fame, gracing the cover of Life Magazine and performing at John F. Kennedy’s private birthday party.
Throughout the ’60s, she was prolific, starring in various films. Notably, she appeared with Elvis Presley in “Viva Las Vegas,” though only one of their three duets made it into the final cut. Her talent shone in films like “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Once a Thief.” In 1971, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Carnal Knowledge,” which also earned her a Golden Globe.
As the ’70s unfolded, Ann-Margret diversified her roles beyond romance. She won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical Motion Picture for “Tommy” in 1975. In the ’80s, her performances continued to garner acclaim. “Who Will Love My Children?” and “A Streetcar Named Desire” fetched her two Golden Globes in the Best Actress in a Mini-series for TV category. She accumulated a total of five Golden Globe wins and nominations, along with five Emmy nominations and one win. In 1987, she received an Emmy nomination for her role in the mini-series “The Two Mrs. Greenvilles.”
In 1993, Ann-Margret featured in the hit film “Grumpy Old Men,” which grossed over $70 million worldwide. Following this success, she primarily took on television roles and made appearances in select big-screen productions.
Ann Margret Personal Life and Legacy
In 1967, Ann-Margret married actor Roger Smith, who later became her manager. Their union lasted until his passing in 2017. Although she didn’t have biological children, she became stepmother to Smith’s three children from a previous marriage. Notably, during the filming of “Viva Las Vegas,” she had an affair with Elvis Presley, a fact that was later depicted in the 2005 CBS miniseries “Elvis.”
For many years, Ann and Roger resided in a mansion in the hills of Beverly Hills. After Roger’s passing, she continued to call it home. While the exact purchase details are unclear, the property is estimated to be worth between $7 to $10 million today.