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Anna Olsson's Girl

Hollywood's great hope is the singing and dancing young girl from Valsjobyn in Jamtland

If you saw her on the street, you wouldn't even notice her, because she looks just like any other young girl who's 21 years old. But this young slender beauty - with her read hair and green eyes - isn't just anybody! She's Hollywood's big hope for the future. A girl with swinging hips and a dangerous vibrato in her voice that even Mr Presley wouldn't be ashamed of.

Ann-Margret doesn't sing in the traditional way. Words and melody go together with the moves she makes, for just those words, that particular music. She's a fascinating creature, so sexy you have to wonder if there isn't after all, two Ann-Margrets, because the one you know, is a simple, sweet girl who loves her family. Fact is, that when Ann-Margret hits the stage, something happens, something that makes America at first wonder what hit them, then explode in applause. Some men applaude eagerly, the women don't, they just stare, with cold, hard eyes...

Ann-Margret has made a phenomenal carreer in just two years. Film studios and stars fight to work with her. She is still the same as when it all began, a shy girl with sex appeal boiling under the surface.

Ann-Margret was born in Valsjobyn in the county of Jamtland, where they still remember her as Anna's girl, who had trouble keeping still when ever she heard the accordion played. Five years old, she emigrated to America where her father worked as an electrician. Six years old she started taking dance lessons, and five years later she started playing the piano and the after two more years, she also took song lessons. Even if her parents had to forsake many things, they would make sure their daughter was off to a good start.

Material things are all right, but the best Ann-Margret got, and gets, is love and tenderness and encouragement. Three things that today has made her strong and secure in herself.

The family lived in Wilmette, Illinois, where Ann-Margret was a vocalist in a semi proffessional orchestra, but after one year at the Northwestern University, she yearned for the big world, and things started to happen for the little orchestra. At a night club in reno, it happened, Ann-Margret was discovered! And if you wanted to join in on the ride to Hollywood and the stars, you'd better get a move on.

Since then she has made a. o. 'Pocketful of Miracles' and 'State fair', and will soon be in 'Bye Bye Birdie', she has been on TV, released records... Where will it end? "It doesn't matter, just as it gets really good!" Ann-Margret says, who now only dreams of one thing, a house for her mother and father.

And while all this is happening, Ann-Margret leads a quiet life together with the two people she really admires. She often gets asked out - she's enormously popular - but always returns home before midnight. She doesn't smoke, doesn't drink and she goes to church every Sunday. She is, according to herself, easygoing, and hard to get to know better. And she prefers older men as company. Because: "Daddy is 18 years my mum's senior, and they are very happy, and if I'll marry, I want my marriage to be like theirs. An older man has a kind of security that a young man just doesn't have, and a man who has been married knows what a woman wants, knows how to treat her, and he isn't too demanding. The man I want to marry has to be strong. He will make my desicions, tell me what to do, he will be gentle and make my dreams come true".

Says the young girl who can be seen cycling around with Eddie Fisher, on a bike he gave her. He has also given her a TV, perfume etc. George Stevens gives her flowers. The big Hollywood producer has taken her under his wings, and he makes sure there's always bubblegum in her dressing room.

She sure has come a long way, the girl who never got a part in the school production of 'Oklahoma' because she wasn't good enough...

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By Lawrence Eisenberg

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