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Actress | Singer
Born Ann-Margret Olsson on April 28, 1941 in Valsjobyn, Sweden

Variety was the spice of televised life in the 1960s and '70s, and Ann-Margret was among the hottest flavors on the tube as she strutted her sex appeal and her talents as singer, dancer and actress in a number of TV specials. The titles included "From Hollywood With Love," "When You're Smiling," "Ann-Margret Olsson" (her birth name), "Ann-Margret Smith" (her married name) and "Rhinestone Cowgirl."

Life for the Swedish star has been strewn with obstacles. Among them are a fight with alcoholism in the 1970s; infertility; her parents' initial coldness toward her husband, former TV star Roger Smith ("77 Sunset Strip"); Smith's ongoing illness with myasthenia gravis (an immune-system disease that causes muscle weakness); and Ann-Margret's own susceptibility to bone-breaking accidents—among them a life-threatening fall in 1972 from a 22-foot-high platform during her Las Vegas nightclub act.

At the same time, the actress has had an enduring career, which includes Academy Award nominations for her performances in "Carnal Knowledge" (1971) and "Tommy" (1975). She has continued to work in feature films and on the stage.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1971 Best Supporting Actress Carnal Knowledge Nomination
    1975 Best Actress Tommy Nomination

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