2011 Entertainer of the Year
Ann-Margret received this award during our
30th Anniversary National Finals Gala
on July 10, 2011 at the
Renaissance Orlando at Sea World.
As a young girl, Ann-Margret was discovered by the legendary George Burns, and since her film debut playing Bette Davis’ daughter in A Pocketful of Miracles, Ann-Margret has made over fifty-two films, including such hits as Cincinnati Kid, State Fair, Tommy, Carnal Knowledge, Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, Stagecoach, Grumpy Old Men and its sequel, Grumpier Old Men. She has co-starred with such luminaries as John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Anthony Hopkins, Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Kirk Douglas, Steve McQueen, Burt Reynolds, and Walter Matthau, among others.
Ann-Margret, a consummate entertainer, has earned two Academy Award nominations, for director Mike Nichols’ famous film, Carnal Knowledge, and in the classic Ken Russell rock film, Tommy. She has won five Golden Globe Awards, and the 2010 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama for NBC’s highly rated drama, Law & Order: SVU. She is a three-time winner of the "Female Star of the Year" award and has been twice honored as "Outstanding Box Office Star of the Year" by the Theatre Owners of America and was voted "Song and Dance Star of the Year." Ann-Margret also starred in and recorded the recent cast album for the 39 city, coast-to-coast production of The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, which grossed $32 million-dollars. In addition, she was nominated for a Grammy for her CD, God is Love: The Gospel Sessions, and is currently recording her second gospel album.
She co-starred in the 20th Century Fox film Taxi with Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon, Old Dogs with John Travolta and Robin Williams, the Oliver Stone movie, Any Given Sunday, with Al Pacino and Cameron Diaz, Loss of a Teardrop Diamond with Bryce Dallas Howard, All’s Faire in Love with Christina Ricci and Lucky with Colin Hanks and Ari Graynor. Ann-Margret also recorded the main title song for the DreamWorks Flintstones movie, Viva Rock Vegas.
Her television career has been equally impressive with brilliant dramatic performances and Emmy nominations for Who Will Love My Children, Queen, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles and A Streetcar Named Desire. Ann-Margret received an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nomination as Best Actress in a Movie for Television, starring as the legendary Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime film, Life of the Party. She guest starred in a three-part episode of NBC’s award winning series Third Watch, as well as the biggest franchise in television, CSI. Her Showtime movie, Happy Face Murders, was the highest rated original movie for fifteen months. In addition, she has starred in many of her own television specials including The Ann-Margret Show, From Hollywood With Love, Dames At Sea, When You’re Smiling, Ann-Margret Olsson, Rhinestone Cowgirl, Rockette: A Tribute to Radio City Music Hall and Cinderella at the Palace.
Ann-Margret has performed at the White House, received presidential citations for entertaining the U.S. armed forces overseas and was honored by the USO World Board of Governors. She was also named the Swedish American of the Year and gave a royal command performance for the King and Queen of Sweden. As further proof of her popularity, her autobiography, "My Story" reached the New York Times Best Seller List a week after publication. She is the national chairperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has shared a "storybook marriage" with husband Roger Smith for over 40 years.
For more information about Ann-Margret visit her official website www.Ann-Margret.com