1. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie .
2. She 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.
3. Dans 2010, she won her first Emmy Award for her guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
4. Her singing and acting careers span five decades, starting in 1961; initially she was billed as a female version of Elvis Presley.
5. She had a minor hit in 1961 and a charting album in 1964, and scored a disco hit in 1979.
6. Dans 2001 she recorded a critically acclaimed gospel album, and an album of Christmas songs from 2004 continues to be available.
7. Ann-Margret and her mother moved to the United States in November 1946, and her father took her to Radio City Music Hall on the day they arrived.
8. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1949 and took her first dance lessons at the Marjorie Young School of Dance, showing natural ability from the start, easily mimicking all the steps.
9. While she attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, she continued to star in theatricals.
10. Dans 1959, she enrolled at Northwestern University, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta but did not graduate.
11. As part of a group known as the Suttletones, she performed at the Mist, a Chicago nightclub, and went to Las Vegas, Nevada, for a promised club date which fell through after the group arrived.
12. They then moved on to Los Angeles and, through agent Georgia Lund, secured club dates in Newport Beach and Reno, Nevada.
13. The group finally arrived at The Dunes in Las Vegas, which also headlined Tony Bennett and Al Hirt at that time.
14. George Burns heard of her performance, and she auditioned for his annual holiday show, in which she and Burns performed a softshoe routine.
15. Variety proclaimed, “George Burns a une mine d’or à Ann-Margret … she has a definite style of her own, which can easily guide her to star status.”
16. Her first RCA Victor recording was “Lost Love” from her debut album And Here She Is: Ann-Margret, produced in Nashville with Chet Atkins on guitar, the Jordanaires , and the Anita Kerr Singers, with liner notes by mentor George Burns.
17. Her only charting album was The Beauty and the Beard , on which she was accompanied by trumpeter Al Hirt.