Ann-Margret Olsson was born in Stockholm, Sweden, ( April 28, 1941) the daughter of Anna Regina (née Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson, a native of Örnsköldsvik. The family moved back to Valsjöbyn, Jämtland. She later described Valsjöbyn as a small town of “lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic Circle”.

Ann-Margret and her mother joined her father in the United States in November 1946, and her father took her to Radio City Music Hall on the day they arrived. They settled in Wilmette, Illinois, outside of Chicago. She became a naturalized American citizen in 1949.[citation needed]

Ann-Margret took her first dance lessons at the Marjorie Young School of Dance, showing natural ability from the start, easily mimicking all the steps. Her parents were supportive, and her mother made all of her costumes by hand.

To support the family, Ann-Margret’s mother became a funeral parlor receptionist[4] after her husband suffered a severe injury on his job.[5] While a teenager, Ann-Margret appeared on the Morris B. Sachs Amateur Hour, Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club, and Ted Mack‘s Amateur Hour. She attended New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and continued to star in theater.

Margaret went on to become a great entertainer and personality. Her successful career took off from small steps into giant leaps and bounds. Her acting credits and awards are too numerous to elaborate on. MissBackInTheDayUSA

Ann-Margret has no children, but she was the stepmother of the three children of her husband Roger Smith, an actor who later became her manager.

She and Smith were married from May 8, 1967, until his death on June 4, 2017. Prior to this, she dated Eddie Fisher and was romantically linked to Elvis Presley during the filming of Viva Las Vegas in 1964.


Ann-Margret with Elvis Presley on the set of Viva Las Vegas, 1964. Photo: Silver Screen Collection/Getty Image

A keen motorcyclist, Ann-Margret rode a 500 cc Triumph T100C Tiger in The Swinger (1966) and used the same model, fitted with a nonstandard electric starter, in her stage show and her TV specials.

She was featured in Triumph Motorcycles‘ official advertisements in the 1960s. She suffered three broken ribs and a fractured shoulder when she was thrown off a motorcycle in rural Minnesota in 2000. Wikipedia

Ann-Margret, the actress, Hollywood icon and USO tour veteran was presented with the first-ever Bob Hope Legacy Award, for her many contributions to the USO, the service men and women.

Before she received the award on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 during “Backstage at the USO,” at The Wharf in Washington, D.C., she sat down with Stars and Stripes to discuss a number of different topics. In this video she takes a look at Stars and Stripes archived photos that featured her. Watch this video for details. YT


  1. I recently watched (thanks to TCM) Viva Las Vegas – the chemistry between her & Elvis in it is amazing.

  2. Yes they had mass appeal. And after Margaret fell off the stage and sustained an injury, never would I have thought she would hop on a motorcycle only to have another accident. Ann Margaret had a wild steak!

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