Aired: 3/31/10 Episode 11018 "Bedtime"
Ann-Margret was born in Sweden in 1941 and moved to America at the age of six. She studied at Northwestern University, but left before graduating to pursue a career in singing in Las Vegas. That is where the entertainer George Burns helped get her a contract with RCA Records and a film contract with 20th Century Fox.
In 1961, Ann-Margret had her first Top 20 single with "I Just Don't Understand," and made her acting debut a year later in "Pocketful of Miracles." It would be a couple of years later, when she starred in "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Viva Las Vegas" alongside Elvis Presley, that she would be catapulted into sex-symbol status.
Ann-Margret later moved to Italy for a few new projects. When she returned to America, she landed a role opposite Jack Nicholson in "Carnal Knowledge," and that earned her an Academy Award nomination and allowed critics to look beyond her sex kitten status and to see a real actress. She landed another Academy Award nomination in 1975 for her role in the rock opera, "Tommy."
Ann-Margret would continue to work for the next two decades in a string of films and television appearances. But her two biggest commercial successes would come from 1993's "Grumpy Old Men" and the sequel in 1995, "Grumpier Old Men."
Other films to follow included "Any Given Sunday," "The Break-Up," and "Old Dogs."