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Ann-Margret Back Home in Valsjöbyn

The village of in Valsjöbyn in the city of Krokom has a celebrity visitor. Ann-Margret, "The Animal", came back to her childhood village last Sunday. The reason is there's a film crew shooting a documentary on Ann-Margret, and it must of course include some scenes from Valsjöbyn, and her child hood. In the film, Ann-Margret will fish, shop at the old store and visit friends. During her stay, she has slept in her family's old house, in her old girl's room.

"I love coming here, being reminded of my child hood", she says in Swedish with a slight American accent.
Ann-Margret was 11 (sic) when she left Valsjöbyn for Chicago, and today she's 71. She has lived 60 years in the U.S., so it's all right if her Swedish isn't perfect.

How has the filming been?

"Fine. I had some problems fishing, I threw my sinker up a tree" she says laughing.

Yesterday, they did some filming up a mountain, Ann-Margret arrived, followed buy three cars. She wore a black hat and dark shades, just like a big star should. In the other cars were her husband, Roger Smith, her hair dresser and her manager. Roger told us they had ten larg suitcases with them to Sweden, nine of them Ann-Margret's, the rest of them shared one.

Up on the mountain, Anita Myhr was waiting. It's not every day a famous star comes to visit. "I have chantarelle soup, local thin bread, homemade butter, waffles with whipped cream", she says.
Ann-Margret and her entourage thoroughly enjoyed their meal, the star eating way too many extra calories. "What will my personal trainer say?", she said.

Dan Jåma, also from Valsjöbyn, is the cinematographer for the film, and he shows me where to stand while they are shooting, so I won't get in the way. The film will be an hour long, and hopefully it will be shown on TV both in Sweden and the U.S. Adam Söderhag, the films B-photographer, says that most Swedes don't understand how big Ann-Margret is in the U.S.

But of course we do. Not many Swedes have been going steady with Elvis Presley and been in numerous films and shows.

When Ann-MArgret moved to Chicago, she wound up in a house where there was another 11-year old, who she used to play with. Her name was Betty Lou Olsson and her mother came from Ede, also in the city of Krokom. Because of an accident, Betty Lou and her mother moved back to Ede, and her friendship with Ann-Margret ended. Yesterday, this paper called Betty Lou, now living in Stockholm, passing the phone to Ann-Margret. What followed was a very emotional conversation, that never seemed to end.

"Thank you so much for getting us back together", Betty Lou said afterwards. "I will never forget it".

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From lt.se | By Jan Andersson

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