The Hollywood legend Ann-Margret is speaking out this week to reveal what it was really like to work with the iconic Elvis Presley on the 1964 movie Viva Las Vegas, saying that he had “a great sense of humor.”
Ann-Margret, 80, told Page Six that Elvis “was very funny.”
“He had a great sense of humor,” she explained. “And he would tease me but I teased him back. … We had a lot of laughs. Lots of laughter.”
Ann-Margret went on to say that after working on that movie, she found herself being typecast as the female Elvis Presley and was only offered sexy roles.
“It was difficult in the beginning, yes, because nobody thought of me as a serious actress,” she revealed.
Everything changed for Ann-Margret when she was cast in the 1971 movie Carnal Knowledge, starring Jack Nicholson and directed by Mike Nichols.
“I don’t know why but he just wanted me to do that part,” she recalled of Nichols.
Ann-Margret also said that for the most part, she was shielded from unwanted advances from men in Hollywood by her husband/manager Roger Smith, who died in 2017.
“You know, if you want to be an actress, you know, going in that this is going to be very difficult,” she explained. “And you will be as you say hit upon. And it depends on what you want to do with that you know, I was very happily married. For 50 years.”
While she admits life has been difficult with her husband gone, Ann-Margret added that she’s found comfort in being surrounded by friends.
“One of my former dancers and his partner, they asked me when Roger passed away, they said, ‘We want you to come over every Friday night for dinner,’” she said. “And it has now been four years. And tonight, I’m going over for dinner again.”
Ann-Margret is also still acting, and she’s about to appear in the movie Queen Bees. In this film, she plays a mean girl in a retirement home who initially bullies newcomer Ellen Burstyn. Ann-Margret said making this comedic film was “great fun.”
Check out a trailer for her new movie below.
Mean girls have no age limits. Take a peek behind the doors of Pine Grove Senior Community in the trailer for the new comedy Queen Bees. See it at Harkins Theatres starting June 11! pic.twitter.com/pPNpXVdcNA
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