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Roger Smith

Ann-Margret opens her photo album

All Hollywood loves her.

It all started when Ann-Margret was three. She learned to say "radio" and to dance Swedish folk dances. When she was five she went to the U.S. Now she's twentytwo and one of the most promising talents in Hollywood.

"Bye bye Daddy!" Ann-Margret never liked when her daddy went to work. Luckily she didn't realize - at the age of one - that her father was about to cross the big ocean to the big country of America. Gustav, an electrician, had beemn there before, and now he wanted to go back to the place with the big posibilities. His wife and kid wouldn't see him for five years.

The four-year old played in the snow at her grand mother's in Valsjobyn, in the north of Sweden. She says: "Uncle Karl played the accordion, and I sang and danced". Even if she was just five and a half when she left Sweden, she still speaks Swedish. Her mother, Anna, wanted her to have singing and dancing lessons, but to afford it, she had to work a few days every week.

Life was good. Ann-Margret was already sure of what she wanted to be, and her mother and father helped her in every possible way. One of her favorite pastimes was swimming, and all boys sighed when she ran past them in her swim suit... Her teenage problems weren't that many either, not with such a mum.

High School graduation. And the big Prom. The dress was nice and so were the grades. Life was a dream! Ann-Margret looked forward to starting at Northwestern University, and at the same time sing with Hal Munros popular orchestra. Ann-Margret had experienced a few things about life, how to fill out a pause, how important a nice posture was, and how a radiant smile could melt an iceberg.

17-year old Ann-Margret gets her first proffesional job! During a summer month in kansas City, she sang with the Danny Ferguson Orchestra for $98 a week. It was a fortune! She had borrowed the dress from her cousin, Ann Erickson, because suddenly, her own clothes seemed a bit too childish.

She went to all the agents. Of course most of them turned her down, but Ann-Margret just laughed and said: "It just means something big is about to happen!" Her optimism also gave her fellow musicians in her new band, The Suttletones, hop. And would you believe it, one day they had an offer all the way from Las Vegas. They packed their bags full of dreams and left. Mum and dad smiled not to show their anxiety, after all, it was her first long trip away from home. Ann-Margret also smiled, "Now my real life starts, and it all depends just on me".

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