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Roger Smith


The Sex-Act Ann-Margret Must Have
– Even Though It Risks Her Husbands Life

Ann-Margret and Roger Smith (whom we all know is Mr. Margret) have disappeared from the show business scene. They are not in the view in Hollywood, in Las Vegas, in New York or on your TV screen

Ann survived last fall's near-fatal fall with "the help of God and six surgeons". She was back on the nightclub circuit in a miraculous matter of a few weeks. It was vital to her, she said later, to show her dad, dying of cancer, that she was well and able to work again. That proved, she turned her attention to herself. Hence the disappearance.

"I need a quiet time, a chance to regroup", is how she put it last June in announcing that she was taking six months vacation. It would be more time than she'd ever had to herself in her life, she commented, noting that even back in school days she was working weekends and summers breaking in as a band singer. And there was a sober side possibility; she might need to undergo still more surgery to correct the fall's damages. (She suffered five facial bone fractures, a broken arm, a concussion and a broken jaw.)

So she and Roger, as of this writing, are off resting, relaxing and rejoicing that they still have each other to love. And love they do. That's why Ann gets so upset when she hears the rumors and see the charges in print that Roger overpushes her. "It's not true", she says. "I don't cook or sew or have babies. I sing and dance". And she reiterates again that coming back into action so soon after the accident was her idea. Just as the vacation now is. And Roger backs her with, "She could quit working tomorrow and we'd have enough money to live on for the rest of our lives."

The fact is that Roger is as precious to Ann as she is to him and for the same reason; each has survived a near brush with death and they love today, so to speak, on borrowed time.

Roger's travail dets back to pre-Ann-Margret days but she lives very much with the effects. While Roger was married to Victoria Shaw (the mother of his three children whose custody, incidentally, has been given to Roger and Ann-Margret) he fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a blood clot on his brain. He still shows some signs of it, like stuttering when he's overtired. And, as Ann very well knows, another blow to his head could be fatal.

That's why she worries so when he gets into public arguments that can (and have) lead to fisticuffs. Roger is jealous and possessive around Ann and resents the attentions that her sexy style bring from other men. Some are fans who don't realize that her sex act is an act; that is all. (In private life, the best description of Ann's demeanor is "demure".) Others are the men she works with. Rod Taylor, who costarred with Ann and John Wayne in the yet-to-be-released "The Train Robbers", was frank about his conflict with Roger. "Sure I think Ann's gorgeous... but I wasn't out to take her away from her husband. What angered me was the way he's always standing around the set watching everything she does." The actual confrontation between the two men came not during working hours but at a party. Says Rod, "He (Roger) walked in and shouted 'Where the blank, blank, blank is my wife?'" Rod objected to that kind of language being used about any woman and the shouting match was on. Fortunately the men were separated by other party-goers before any physical violence would erupt.

So Ann worries. She can't change her image; it's what supports her (and Roger). But she knows the risks it entails. Yet she wouldn't change her man even if she could. "I respect a man who takes care of whatever is his", is how she phrases it.

Incidentally, besides a possible additional surgery for Ann, there's another aspect of the fall that's still to be settled. She has filed a $5 million suit against the Sahara Tahoe Hotel and Del Webb Hotels on the grounds that the platform on which she was to make her entrance was not properly rigged. Her attorneys explained that she had no bad feelings against the hotels but was suing because California law prevents direct legal action against insurance companies.

Whatever settlement she gets should more than pay for this vacation but it's a rough way to finance a rest.

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By E.V. Mayers

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