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Ann-Margret on TV: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 10:55 AM

Versatility, thy name is Ann-Margret. The Swedish-born actress was one of the most talented and well-known actresses and singers of her generation, as well as being a popular 1960s and 1970s sex symbol.

While she initially gained popularity working in films, she transferred to the small screen easily as well, starting back in the 1960s. She still occasionally pops up on TV even today.

Here is a look at some of Ann-Margret's work on TV.

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Television Series

Ann-Margret made her first appearance on TV in 1963, and a memorable TV debut it was. She portrayed Pebbles Flintstone's babysitter Ann-Margrock in an episode of "The Flintstones." Since then, she has appeared in several television series, both in single episodes and multiple appearances.

Some examples include "Here's Lucy" in 1970 (when she appeared as herself), "Four Corners" in 1998, "Touched by an Angel" in 2000, "Third Watch" in 2003, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" in 2010, and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" in 2010.

The "SVU" appearance won Ann-Margret only Prime Time Emmy Award, which came for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. She had been nominated five other times.

Television Movies

Making the transition to the small screen was so easy for Ann-Margret that she has appeared in several made-for-TV movies throughout her career. She made a cameo appearance in 1970s "Swing Out, Sweet Land," then headlined the cast in 1971's "Dames at Sea," which also starred Fred Gwynne, Anne Meara, Ann Miller, and Dick Shawn.

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In the 1980s, she topped the casts of several TV movies, including 1983's "Who Will Love My Children," which also featured Frederic Forrest, Cathryn Damon, and Donald Moffat, and 1984's remake of "A Streetcar Named Desire," in which she played Blanche Dubois paired against Treat Williams' Stanley Kowalski. Beverly D'Angelo and Randy Quaid also headlined the cast.

In the 1990s, she appeared in several more TV movies, including 1994's "Nobody's Children," 1996's "Blue Rodeo," 1998's "Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story," and 1999's "Happy Face Murders." Ann-Margret won Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made for TV for both "Who Will Love My Children" and "A Streetcar Named Desire." She also has received two other nominations in the same category.

Television Mini-Series

The actress has also brought her star power to several TV mini-series as well. Fox example, she portrayed Sally Jackson, the mother of a son who falls in love with a slave in 1993's "Queen," author Alex Haley's follow-up to "Roots," and "Roots: The Next Generation."

Ann-Margret then appeared as Belle Watling in the TV adaptation of "Scarlett," the 1994 follow-up to Margaret Mitchell's famed novel, "Gone with the Wind." Other mini-series in which Ann-Margret has appeared include 1996's "Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchart Story" and 2000's "The 10th Kingdom." She received one Golden Globe Award nomination for her roles in "Queen."

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