Every disreputable film fan knows that line. It is one of Ann-Margret's many out-of-space utterances in 's black and white juvenile delinquent saga, the luridly titled Kitten With a Whip. This movie was made a mere two years after Ann-Margret achieved major film stardom as the sweet but almost uncomfortably sexy heroine of the movie version of Bye Bye Birdie.
All the typewriters stopped. I thought, 'What the hell is going on? And what was happening?
Somehow she made it through Vegas, Elvis, and her own Marilyn-like brush with mortality. This month, thirty years after she seduced Hollywood overnight, the ever sultry star is making her debut at New York's Radio City Music Hall. Paul Rosenfield meets the last of the red-hot glamour girls.
Discovered by George Burns in the late '50s—who put her into his club act because he enjoyed her singing, dancing, and unbelievably large and lively chest— Ann-Margret is one Scandinavian import who was all too aware of the power she could wield with her glowing Northern Lights. It wasn't too long before Georgie's girl found her way to the silver screen, debuting in Pocketful of Miracles and becoming a household name several years later when she poured herself into a pair of capris in Bye Bye Birdie and a jet-black bathing suit opposite Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas In the swingin' sixties movie The Swinger she shook and jived in her tights and teeny sweater and eventually had her bikini body seductively painted in psychedelic bright colors.
Every artist who has appeared on the Billboard Hot has played a part in the history of popular music, but some leading men and women have had special roles on the singles chart. Which field came first was not a deciding factor — for example, Mark Wahlberg was recording artist Marky Mark before pursuing an acting career, but it is clear he is primarily thought of as an actor today. Gigs in Chicago and Newport Beach, Calif.
Swedish-born, Midwestern-bred actress Ann-Margret first met actor Roger Smith around the time she appeared in her first feature film, 's Pocketful of Miracles with Bette Davis. Barely an adult, she hadn't yet established herself as the sexy female lead known for roles opposite such stars as Elvis Presley and Dick Van Dyke. Smith, then in his late 20s, was starring in television's 77 Sunset Strip.
Her singing and acting careers span five decades, starting in ; initially, she was billed as a female version of Elvis Presley. She has a sultry vibrant contralto voice. Inshe recorded a critically acclaimed gospel album, and an album of Christmas songs in