Ann-Margret, S/D

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She turned 71 yesterday.

On George Burns, the legendary entertainer who gave Ann-Margret her first break as a singer and dancer in a Vegas show: When she auditioned for Burns, she said, she “wore the light blue lambswool sweater and the black stockings and little black one-inch shoes that I had worn all through the summer, because that’s all I had! And that’s the way Mr. Burns saw me. So on opening night, that’s what I wore. But then I searched all over the place for something that I thought would be really nice in Las Vegas, and it was more money than I had ever spent. It was an orangey-red velvet pantsuit, and pantsuits were just coming into style. And at dress rehearsal Mr. Burns saw this outfit, and he said [mimicking Burns' famous rasp], ‘Where’s the sweater and pants that you wore on the audition — the tight sweater and the tight pants?’ And I said, ‘Well, I thought that this was really nice and that you’d like it.’ And he said, ‘People don’t want to only hear your voice, they want to see where it’s coming from!’” She laughs. “I never forgot that one.”

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:54 (five years ago) Permalink

ann-margret is the real deal.

surm, Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Search: her appearance on "The Flintstones" and the underrated The Return of the Soldier.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 April 2012 21:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I'm going to post about my big record haul today in the dollar-thread, but I got a still-sealed Ann-Margaret album from '63 for $2: Bachelor's Paradise.

clemenza, Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:09 (five years ago) Permalink


surm, Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:11 (five years ago) Permalink

she was a good Blanche DuBois on TV too

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Opposite Treat Williams, wasn't it?

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 29 April 2012 22:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Even if she only acted in Viva Las Vegas and Carnal Knowledge she would be 100% all-time.

Reality Check Cashing Services (Elvis Telecom), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:46 (five years ago) Permalink

two-time Oscar nominee

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:49 (five years ago) Permalink

always always essential.

Doctor Casino, Sunday, 29 April 2012 23:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Feiffer’s Carnal Knowledge is a festival of mixed emotions, inasmuch as you get to see her sitting in bed topless for about an hour, but you have to take her being miserable, depressed, and psychologically abused by Nicholson throughout

Totally want that Lee/Ann album up there

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Monday, 30 April 2012 00:44 (five years ago) Permalink

major dance moves in here

two overweight dachshunds with three eyes (La Lechera), Monday, 30 April 2012 00:47 (five years ago) Permalink

she is so sexy in this flick (NSFW)

buzza, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Tights are not pants, Ann-Margret.

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:17 (five years ago) Permalink

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:27 (five years ago) Permalink

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:30 (five years ago) Permalink

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

tokyo rosemary, Monday, 30 April 2012 01:41 (five years ago) Permalink

She is the worst part of Newsies.
Than Ann-Margret & Lee albu8m is so good.

Dale, dale, dale (Abbbottt), Monday, 30 April 2012 01:48 (five years ago) Permalink

forgot that there's even more Pete Townsend mid-70s synth weirdness in the movie version

Choad of Choad Hall (kingfish), Monday, 30 April 2012 01:59 (five years ago) Permalink

major dance moves in here

zomg tbh

┗|∵|┓ (sic), Monday, 30 April 2012 02:46 (five years ago) Permalink

watched all of that trailer buzza posted thinking it might be the source of the comments about the tights, no such luck but it looks like a pretty cool movie, roy scheider running n shooting, plus cop cars jump off ramps, it was a good era i think.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 30 April 2012 05:09 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Bus Riley's Back in Town meanders a bit towards the end, but lots of interesting stuff along the way. Seems to have been totally forgotten--I'd have to look at them side by side, but I think I liked it better than Splendor in the Grass. The most interesting thing to me was Michael Parks in the lead. Couldn't place him at all--he basically did TV in the '70s, has had a bit of a comeback recently via Tarantino. There was one role I did know him from, but I didn't make the connection: he's casually scary as Jean Renault in Twin Peaks. His James Dean mannerisms notwithstanding, he's very good in Bus Riley--when the film began, I assumed he'd be a standard comic goofball, but he's instead slyly intelligent and funny the whole way. Ann-Margret's an eyeful as always, and I've now got Janet Margolin (in Take the Money and Run) on my desktop.

Something odd. The film came out in '65, and it manages to diegetically work in muzaky versions of both "Downtown" and "I Know a Place" only months after they were on the charts. I didn't think movies did that sort of thing then.

clemenza, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:18 (three years ago) Permalink

i have to see that, where did you find a copy?

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:23 (three years ago) Permalink

i've heard it's one of the better movies from the worst year hollywood ever had

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:23 (three years ago) Permalink

As I mentioned on another thread, I managed to hook up my VCR to the big-screen and I'm hauling out old tapes from downstairs. Had a sealed copy of Bus Riley that I probably bought for a dollar or two when VHSs were in their dying days. Looks like it's not on DVD going by Amazon (and the VHS has one of those silly prices).

clemenza, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:27 (three years ago) Permalink

i think it might be in the torrentsphere, I'll give it a try

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:28 (three years ago) Permalink

The original Times review is online:

"Mr. Parks uncorks a set of James Dean mannerisms"--they're that blatant (didn't find the review until after I posted). Anyway, the reviewer (not Bosley Crowther) does the film justice. The director, Harvey Hart, is from Toronto; he made a weird horror film in the '70s called The Pyx.

clemenza, Tuesday, 25 March 2014 01:35 (three years ago) Permalink

i feel like james dean imitators were a whole major subcategory of aspiring actors in the 1960s. i imagine casting directors had lots of in-jokes about it.

espring (amateurist), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 20:03 (three years ago) Permalink

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