Ann-Margret on Elvis Presley and Viva Las Vegas as ‘one of the happiest times of my life’

The Swedish-American actress took Hollywood by storm in the early Sixties, starring reverse Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas. Ann-Margret turns 80-years-old immediately and was just lately honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the twenty fourth Family Film Awards. At the occasion, she opened up about singing and dancing with The King of Rock and Roll in a single of his best-loved motion pictures.

Speaking with Fox News, Ann-Margret was requested what makes her smile about her time on 1964’s Viva Las Vegas with Elvis.

The 80-year-old replied: “Just fascinated by Viva Las Vegas, or anytime somebody mentions it, I smile.

“It was one of the happiest times of my life. George Sidney, who directed Bye Bye Birdie, additionally directed Viva Las Vegas.

“And consider it or not, I had by no means seen EP carry out.”

Ann-Margret continued: “I do know that’s arduous to consider however I hadn’t! I actually bought to see it once we have been rehearsing, singing and dancing with one another.

“But we moved very a lot the identical. And he liked his mom [Gladys, who died in 1958].

“I liked my mom and father. I had a good time. We have been buddies ‘until the finish. I had a good time.”

Following Elvis Presley’s loss of life on August 16, 1977, she travelled to Graceland to attend the funeral the following day.

While three months later, Ann-Margret hosted Memories of Elvis, which included abridged variations of The King’s 1968 Comeback Special and 1973’s Aloha from Hawaii through Satellite.

Looking again on her profession, the 80-year-old was requested if she had any regrets.

The star replied: “Hmm, you realize, every time I see my motion pictures, I normally see them in a screening room.

“I see it one time and that’s it. You can ask my buddies. I simply see them one time and that’s it.”

Ann-Margret added: “But no. I did the greatest that I may at the time and then it’s over.

“You all the time suppose, ‘I hope it really works. I hope persons are entertained.’ But typically it doesn’t work. But you retain at it if you happen to actually find it irresistible.”

Interestingly, her and Elvis’ Viva Las Vegas set mischief ended up in the ultimate reduce of the film.

According to The King’s cousin Billy Smith, who was there throughout the shoot: “[George Sidney] was wild about Ann-Margret, simply completely obsessed along with her. During Viva Las Vegas, he sort of wished [her] standing out extra so than Elvis. And as a director…they’ll intervene quite a bit with the means issues go.”

However, Elvis quickly caught on to the director’s plan and knew simply find out how to take care of the state of affairs with out jeopardising his relationship with Ann-Margret or the crew.

Billy, talking on the Memphis Mafia YouTube channel, continued: “You’ll discover Ann-Margret does all the pieces a little bit higher than Elvis in the film, particularly if you see the skeet taking pictures.”

In that scene, her character Rusty would make a success and Elvis’ Lucky was supposed to only have a look at her in response, however The King determined to make a face in order that they’d need to redo the take.

Before lengthy Elvis was messing round in related methods with Ann-Margret all through the relaxation of Viva Last Vegas. To learn extra, click on right here.


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