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Stepping Into Emmy Character with Ann-Margret

One of the most accomplished entertainers of our time, Ann-Margret has done it all. Following a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1962 and a Golden Globe win for Most Promising Newcomer-Female the same year, Ann-Margret went on to have one of the greatest careers a girl could ever dream of in Hollywood. From her memorable role in Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and a landmark performance in Bye, Bye Birdie to her two Academy Award nominated parts in Carnal Knowledge and Tommy, Ann-Margret proved to the world she was a "triple threat" force to be reckoned with in music and film. Twenty years after being recognized as the most promising young artist, Margret conquered television when she won her first Emmy Award in 1983 for her portrayal of a dying mother in the true story TV drama, Who Will Love My Children? Now up for an Emmy Award for her guest role as a mentally obsessed rejected lover on Law & Order: SVU, Ann-Margret has done it again after five previous Emmy nominations.

In the Law & Order episode "Bedtime", which aired twice this year on NBC in March and July, Ann-Margret took on the role of Rita Wills, a rejected lover whose obsession for love crossed the line from reality into fantasy. Given the rise of rehabilitative and interventionist programming, obsessive compulsive behavior and related disorders have become a reality on television. Through TV, people are now beginning to address various illnesses and the core issues at the root of many disorders.

So what stands out in Ann-Margret's mind about playing such a troubled person? When we spoke to Ann-Margret on a recent conference call to celebrate her Emmy nomination, Ann revealed how the role on Law & Order: SVU is reflective of the changing times. "I find it interesting that they are doing a whole bunch of shows now about hoarders," admitted the five-time Golden Globe winner, "because that is indeed a sickness. It doesn’t start off to be, but it is." Unlike earlier decades when talking about serious conditions and disorders was taboo, Margret elaborated on the many options that are now available to bring light to a condition while also presenting a challenge for an actress. "There’s such a wealth of information out there about alcoholism and drug addiction. What actress would not want to be interested in doing something like this, diving into it? I just did research from a lot of different areas."
But when it came to drawing inspiration to discover the Law & Order: SVU character, the part hit close to home for Ann-Margret. "I do have a couple of friends who are in that situation," confessed the six time Emmy nominee to TheDeadbolt, "and it’s not a pretty picture. It’s very painful." However, as painful as real life can be, Ann-Margret didn't have an issue with the sensitive nature of the subject matter within her character. "I’m an actress," Margret stated. "I do become that person. As sick as she was, I did become her."

After four decades in the business, the sixth Emmy nomination for her role on Law & Order: SVU is simply a byproduct of the passion Ann-Margret has for what she's been able to do so well since 1962. "I feel so blessed, I really do. I like to sing, I like to dance a little bit and I like to act. I love being an entertainer."

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by Reg Seeton, The Dead Bolt.com

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