Home
---------------
About
---------------
News
---------------
Films & TV
---------------
Records
---------------
Various
---------------
Links
---------------
Clips
---------------
Quiz
---------------
Fan Club Info
---------------
Roger Smith

Ann-Margret speaks about herself

A year ago, Ann-Margret from Valsjobyn, was completely unknown. Now we know that she is famous in show business in the U.S.A. She sings, dances and acts and has been named 'This year's most promising vocalist'. She has made three films, and her record albums have sold millions.

'State Fair' is running in cinemas over here. It's nothing special, but still, we go, because we want to see and hear 'our' Ann-Margret.

Recently, we met her on the set of 'Bye Bye Birdie'. Ann-Margret does her third film. "I love acting and my fellow actors, Janet Leigh, Bobby Rydell and Jess Pearson, she assured us". And added:

"Would you believe it, it's less than a year and a half since I came to Hollywood and did my first audition! I did a love scene, and I felt silly and embarrassed." Many things have happened since then.

What was the most exciting moment? ""Well, that was the first time I heard one of my records on the radio. I was in my room on my bed, when suddenly I recognized my own voice in my neighbour's bedroom. I raced down to our own radio and turned it on. Then I sat and listened. No, I wasn't sitting down, I was jumping all over".

Ann-Margret got her big opportunity in Las Vegas, where she was introduced to show man George Burns. He let her appear in a night club, and he helped her meeting record- and film companies. "I have a lot to thank George Burns for", she admits. "But my parents have meant even more to me. They have made everything they possibly could have done, so I could have a song- and dance education, and I'm very happy to finally be able to do something for them.

My dad, Gustav Olsson, is from Ornskoldsvik in Sweden" she adds. "He was just 19 years old when he went to America the first time. He was an educated electrician, and he got a good job in Chicago. Just before the war started, he went back to Sweden. It was supposed to be just a short visit, but he stayed 5 years. He got a job, got married and on April 28 1941 I was born.

"I was born in Stockholm", she continues, "but I don't remember anything of it. I do recall however, moving with my mum and dad to valsjobyn, and when daddy went to America again. We were going to follow him, when the war was over.

"And so we did. In the fall of 1946, dad welcomed us to Fox lake, a small town a few miles north west of Chicago.

I have been back to Sweden once, with my parents. It was in 1951. We visited dad's relatives in Ornskoldsvik, and we went to Valsjobyn, which is really pretty. There I once again learned Swedish childrens' songs, and i still know them to this day.

"One day I hope that I can buy my parents another trip back to sweden. I know that they would love it, and I also want to see more of my childhood country".

Ann-Margret has been engaged. This Christmas, she introduced her parents to a wealthy, young business man. But she doesn't wear a ring anymore.

"The engagement was a mistake", is all she says, and she will say no more about it.

--------------------------------------------------------------

By Budd Austin

--------------------------------------------------------------

Back to Various »

--------------------------------------------------------------

Home »

The Unofficial Home Of The Fantastic Ann-Margret | Various stuff | Magazines