On this Summer Special of The One Way Ticket Show, Host Steven Shalowitz welcomes Hollywood icon, Ann-Margret, to the program.
The Swedish-born actress and performer won five Golden Globe Awards, was nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammys, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and six Emmy Awards – winning one. She’s been a headliner at sold out shows, and has 56 films and counting to her credit, everything from “Viva Las Vegas” to “Grumpier Old Men”, “Bye Bye Birdie” to “Carnal Knowledge”, and “The Cincinnati Kid” to “The Break Up”.
She has worked alongside the great performers of the 20th and early 21st century, including: George Burns, Bette Davis, Elvis, Steve McQueen, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Jack Lemon, Claudette Colbert, Jack Benny, Sophia Loren, Jack Nicholson, John Forsythe, Anthony Hopkins, Carol Burnett, Anthony Quinn, John Wayne, Alan Arkin, etc.
In 2003, the USO honored Ann-Margret with its Spirit of Hope Award, named in honor of Bob Hope, her friend whom she performed with in Vietnam during the war.
In our conversation, Ann-Margret touches on:
- Performing with the USO, first in Europe as a college freshman at Northwestern, then in 1966 in Vietnam and back in 1968 with Bob Hope
- What she learned from Bette Davis while working on the 1961 film “Pocketful of Miracles” (her first)
- Elvis’ greatness as a performer and if we’ll ever see the likes of another
- What Bob Hope did for soldiers serving in Vietnam which revealed his caring side
- John Wayne’s kindness
- Why she loves motorcycles
- How her drama teacher at New Trier High School, Dr. William J. Peterman, told her at age 16: “Olsson, you’re going to be an actress in the movies”.
Plus, Ann-Margret shares how her dear friend, actor Justin Chambers, said he was going to create a perfume for her. Twenty-five years in the making, the limited edition Ann-Margret Eau de Parfum has now been launched with all profits going to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.
To purchase Ann-Margret Eau de Parfum, visit: www.annmargretperfume.com
“Ann-Margret: This is Your Life” (1971) which we reference in the conversation