Ann-Margret, a consummate entertainer, has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, has won five Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, and has received five other Emmy nominations. She is a three-time winner of the “Female Star of the Year” award and has been twice honored as “Outstanding Box Office Star of the Year” by the National Association of Theatre Owners. Ann-Margret was also nominated for a Grammy for her CD, “God is Love: The Gospel Sessions.”
For her recent television work, Ann-Margret won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for NBC’s highly rated drama, Law & Order: SVU, and received Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations as Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her starring role as the legendary Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime film, Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story (1998). Additionally, she guest starred in a three-part episode of NBC’s award-winning series Third Watch and CSI. Her Showtime movie, Happy Face Murders (1999), was the highest rated original movie for fifteen months, and she also appeared in a two-part episode for Showtime’s highest rated series Ray Donovan.
Her recent film roles include co-starring in Old Dogs (2009), with John Travolta and Robin Williams, and Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008), with Bryce Dallas Howard. She also co-starred in the Oliver Stone movie Any Given Sunday (1999), with Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz.
As a young girl, Ann-Margret was discovered by the legendary George Burns, and since her film debut playing Bette Davis’ daughter in A Pocketful of Miracles (1961), she has made over fifty-two films, including such hits as THE CINCINNATI KID (1965), State Fair (1962), Tommy (1975), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), Stagecoach (1966), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men (1995).
During this period, she co-starred with such luminaries as John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds and Walter Matthau, among others. She also earned two Academy Award nominations, for director Mike Nichols’ famous film Carnal Knowledge (1971) and for the classic Ken Russell rock film, Tommy (1975).
Her earlier television work was equally impressive, with brilliant dramatic performances and Emmy nominations for Who Will Love My Children (1983), Queen (1993), The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1987) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1984). She has also starred in many of her own television specials including The Ann-Margret Show (1968), Ann-Margret: From Hollywood With Love (1969), Dames At Sea (1971), Ann-Margret: When You’re Smiling (1973), Ann-Margret Olsson (1975), Rhinestone Cowgirl (1977) and Rockette: A Holiday Tribute to Radio City Music Hall (1978).
Also a renowned recording artist, Ann-Margret recorded the main title song for the DreamWorks The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas (2000) movie, “Viva Rock Vegas.”
Ann-Margret has performed at the White House, received presidential citations for entertaining the U.S. armed forces overseas and was honored by the USO World Board of Governors. She has given a royal command performance for the King and Queen of Sweden.
As further proof of her popularity, her autobiography, My Story (Putnam Adult, 1994), reached The New York Times Best Seller List a week after publication.
Ann-Margret starred in the $32 million-dollar grossing, coast-to-coast production, which toured 39 cities, of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (2001).
Ann-Margret lives with her husband, Roger Smith, in Beverly Hills, California.