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  • Ann-Margret and George Burns (who discovered her) were both Oscar nominees in 1975 (respectively for Tommy (1975) and _Sunshine Boys, The (1975)_. Mr. Burns won but not Ann-Margret.
  • Was first choice to play Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy (1962).
  • 1995: Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#10).
  • She had two Billboard Club Play charting hits.: in 1979 with "Love Rush," which climbed to #8, and in 1980 with "Midnight Message," that peaked at #12.
  • Turned down the leading role in Cat Ballou (1965), which eventually went to Jane Fonda.
  • Toured Vietnam with the USO during the Vietnam war.
  • Wrote her autobiography when she heard that an unauthorized biography was in the works and wanted to beat the unauthorized biography to press.
  • 8/19/2000: She suffered three broken ribs and a fractured shoulder when she was thrown off a motorcycle she was driving in rural Minnesota.
  • Only speaks a few Swedish words, her father did not want her to speak anything but English.
  • Was a cheerleader at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Other New Trier graduates include Ralph Bellamy, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Hugh O'Brien, Bruce Dern, Penelope Milford, Virginia Madsen and Liz Phair.
  • Attended Northwestern University (Evanston, IL).
  • Rode a 500cc Triumph T100C Tiger motorcycle in The Swinger (1966) and the same model fitted with a non-standard electric starter in her stage show. A keen motorcyclist, she was featured in Triumph Motorcycles' official advertisements in the '60s--for obvious reasons!.
  • Appeared on a network TV show featuring up-and-coming talent, and lost to a man who played "Lady of Spain" by blowing onto a leaf.
  • Measurements: 35-23-35 (in 1965), 36D-25-36 (in 1986), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
  • Is not a natural redhead. That was Sydney Guilaroff's idea. The legendary hairdresser was also responsible for turning Lucille Ball into a redhead.
  • 1972: Survived a dramatic 22-foot fall from a stage in a Lake Tahoe, NV, concert.
  • November 1960: Discovered by actor/comedian George Burns when he heard her sing in a campus musical at Northwestern University and hired her to be a part of his Las Vegas act.
  • Is portrayed by Rose McGowan in Elvis (2005) (TV).
  • She formed a lifelong bond of friendship with Elvis Presley in their first pairing in Viva Las Vegas (1964). It was kept alive by Elvis' habit of sending a bouquet of flowers to all of her stage-show appearances, until he died in 1977. She reveals her romance with Elvis in her autobiography.
  • She is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She was initiated in the Tau chapter (Northwestern) in 1960.
  • Her mother's name is Anna.
  • Appeared on the cartoon show "The Flintstones" (1960) as "Ann-Margrock".
  • Both films for which she was Oscar nominated, Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Tommy (1975)), also co-starred Jack Nicholson.
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