In the '60s Swedish-born Ann-Margret Olsson became Ann-Margret. As a young girl she was discovered by George Burns and since her film debut playing Betty Davis' daughter in A Pocketful of Miracles, Ann-Margret has made over forty-seven films, including such hits as State Fair, Bye, Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley, Stagecoach, The Cincinnati Kid and most recently Grumpy Old Men and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men.
Ann-Margret's memorable performance in Carnal Knowledge and Tommy earned her an Academy Award nomination. She has won 5 Golden Globe Awards and received six Emmy nominations for her television work. She is a three-time winner of the Female Star of the Year and has been twice honored as Outstanding Box Office Star of the Year.
Ann-Margret received an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress in a move made for television, starring as the legendary Pamela Harriman in the Life of the Party, based on the best-selling book. She also starred in the CBS mini-series, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town and the ten-hour NBC mini-series The Tenth Kingdom, in which she plays Cinderella at two hundred years old.
Ann-Margret's television career is equally impressive with brilliant performances in Who Will Love My Children, The Two Mrs. Grenviles, A Streetcar Named Desire, Our Sons, Nobody's Children and Seduced by Madness.
Her CD, God is Love: The Gospel Sessions earned her a 2002 Grammy nomination. She also recorded the main title song for the Dream Works Flintstones movie, Viva Rock Vegas and she has a new RCS compilation CD The Very Best of Ann-Margret.
Ann-Margret has performed at The White House, received presidential citations for entertaining the U.S. armed forces overseas and given a royal command performance for the King and Queen of Sweden. She was also named the Swedish American of the Year.
As further proof of her popularity, her autobiography My Story reached the New York Times Best Seller List a week after publication.
Ann-Margret is the national chairperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and a national spokesperson for What 60 Looks Like Now, a campaign to educate women about osteoporosis. She and her husband, Roger Smith live in Beverly Hills, California.