In fact, Ann-Margret opened a show in Vegas on August 15, 1977 and when flowers did not arrive she was worried and called Graceland the next day – to be told her friend had died.

Ann-Margaret was soon back on screen, with her own CBS television special The Ann-Margret Show, in 1968.

In 1971, her role in Carnal Knowledge opposite Jack Nicholson gave her a first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

She had another in 1975 for Best Actress in the musical movie Tommy.

Ann-Margret has also been nominated for 15 Golden Globes, winning five, including one for Tommy.

Incredibly, she was an early favourite to play Sandy in Grease… 


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