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Roger Smith

Show biz vet Ann-Margret
to visit Feather Falls Casino

Originally from Sweden, Ann-Margret's whirlwind showbiz career began when George Burns discovered her at the age of 19 in a talent show. Since then she's been entrancing audiences and winning fans with her singing, dancing, acting and beauty.

In the '60s she danced her way into Elvis Presley's heart in "Viva Las Vegas" and was the voice of Andy Williams' classic "Moon River" in "Breakfast at Tiffany's." She also aptly filled the role (and gained a new nickname) when she played a teen temptress in "Kitten With a Whip," a 1964 film.

During the '70s she garnered Academy Award nominations for her roles in "Carnal Knowledge" and "Tommy," and barely survived a 22-foot fall onto a stage which broke her jaw, arm and landed her in a coma.

In recent years she's been a staple performer in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Miami and Lake Tahoe and began touring again last January after 11 years off the road.

Although "kitschy" isn't always a compliment, fabulousness has been an essential element of Ann-Margret's career. Showy costumes and dynamic singing tend to be interspersed with stories from her legendary career, and with a career like this, there's no shortage of material.

The Ann-Margret and Company show at Feather Falls on March 19 shouldn't disappoint fans hoping for an extravaganza.The show will feature three male performers singing and dancing to back Ann-Margret. Several costume changes are built into the show and eight musicians will create the evening's tunes.

Ann-Margret's manager, Alan Margulies, defines the upcoming performance as a "production show," which will include projected footage of highlights from her career. Songs slated for the show include many numbers from her films, such as "Bye Bye Birdie" and "Viva Las Vegas."

At 63, Ann-Margret shows no sign of slowing down. From 2002-03 she toured with a road show of "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." She starred in "Grumpy Old Men" and "Grumpier Old Men" in the 1990s.

Most recently, she just completed filming a psychological drama, "Memore," in Vancouver with Dennis Hopper and Billy Zane.

When not on stage, Ann-Margret devotes her energy to the Myasthenia Gravis Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

With his wife's support, Roger Smith, Ann-Margaret's husband of almost 40 years and a former actor himself, has been battling the disease for decades.

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By MARTHA MAYR

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From Chico Enterprise Record March 10, 2005

The Unofficial Home Of The Fantastic Ann-Margret |A-M Live On Stage