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Family Film Awards Ann-Margaret
24th Annual talk of the Town gala
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International Women’s Day
This year’s theme
“Women in Leadership:
Achieving an equal future
in a COVID-19 world,”
shows us how crucial it is to
pushing for girls and women to be
Lifetime Achievement Award
who will be presented with the Prestigious
Lifetime Achievement Awards
at the 24th Family Film Awards on the
24th of March 2021, at the Universal Hilton Hotel
We believe that Ann-Margret Life Story
is an inspiration to us all
On International Women's Day
Chairman Patrick Wayne , Ann-Margret
24th Annual talk of the Town gala
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well known today for her stellar performance
As Diane, in
the Kominsky Method with Michael Douglas.
But did you know
that at 4 years old, she decided to be a star
She later described Valsjöbyn as a small
"lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic
Ann-Margret took her first dance lessons
at the Marjorie Young School of Dance, showing natural
ability from the start, easily mimicking all the steps.
Her parents were supportive,
and her mother made all of her costumes by hand.
She's been nominated for Grammys, Oscars and Emmys,
and they called her the "female Elvis Presley;
Studio-photographer George Sidney brought the two
“‘Elvis Presley, I’d like you to meet a wonderful young
Ann-Margret, this is Elvis Presley.’”
In her biography, she described her
change in personality once she got on stage, morphing
“From Little Miss Lollipop to Sexpot-Banshee."
During her time with CBS, she continued to regularly
perform in Vegas, where she was often referred to as
"The Queen of Vegas" and "The Swedish Meatball."
In 1972, Ann-Margret fell 22 feet while
performing in Lake Tahoe, breaking her face and arm in
the fall. The accident required hours of facial
reconstructive surgery to put her back together.
Margret also loved riding her
motorcycles. In 2000, at the age of 59, while riding she
was thrown off, sustaining numerous injuries. Despite
the severity of the crash, she went on Larry King not
and joked about the incident.
John Wayne, who would later remark
"When I die, I want Ann-Margret to dance on my coffin.
If you don't see me in five minutes, you'll know I'm
dead for sure."
But maybe the most impressive aspect of Ann-Margret’s
acting career is its breadth. She started acting in 1961
and won an Emmy in 2010!
That’s nearly 50 years in the public eye, amazing
The multitalented Swedish-born star
launched her career in 1961, when she made her first
recording and quickly made waves as the
Just a few years later, she would co-star with the King
"Viva Las Vegas,"
one of her most prolific career achievements.
(That is, aside from five Golden Globes, two Oscar
nominations, two Grammys, and six Emmys.)
was born on April 28, 1941, in Valsjöbyn ,
Ann-Margret was born into a tightly knit family in a
small fishing village near the Arctic Circle. Her
parents, Gustav and Anna, migrated to America after
World War II, and settled in the Chicago suburb of Fox
Lake. The Olsson’s eventually relocated to Wilmette,
Illinois, where they lived in the funeral parlor that
Ann-Margret was an introverted child, who found it
difficult adjusting to American culture. In her early
years, she used her love for song and dance as a means
of expressing herself. She began to sing at weddings,
private parties, and church socials. By the time she was
14, she had appeared in a number of school revues and
drama productions, and was a frequent winner at local
After graduating high school in 1959, Ann-Margret
enrolled at Northwestern University as a speech major.
Within her first few months at college, she teamed up
with three male students to form a jazz combo - The
Suttletones. After her freshman year, she withdrew from
school, and headed for the West Coast with her newly
formed band. They spent most of their time performing at
various cabaret clubs in Reno, Las Vegas, and Southern
While performing in the lounge of the Dunes Hotel in Las
Vegas, Ann-Margret was given the opportunity to audition
for Hollywood veteran George Burns. Immediately after,
he invited her to perform for a 10-night engagement at
the Sahara Hotel, where the 18-year-old earned rave
reviews. A succession of offers followed, including a
record contract from RCA, and a seven-year film contract
from 20th Century Fox.
In the early 1960s, Ann-Margret's burgeoning career was
chronicled in Life magazine,
who classified her as Hollywood's next young starlet.
She made her film debut as Bette Davis' daughter in
Frank Capra's Pocketful
of Miracles (1961), and released her first
Here She Is , Ann-Margret. In 1963, she
co-starred in the film adaptation of the Broadway play Bye
Bye Birdie, alongside Dick Van Dyke. By the
end of year, she had also established herself as a
recording star with two albums, and five additional hit
singles that appeared on the Bye
Bye Birdie soundtrack. In addition, she was
invited to serenade President John F. Kennedy at his
46th birthday party.
On November 1972, while appearing in a Lake Tahoe
Casino, Ann-Margret had a devastating brush with death.
While performing an extravagant opening sequence, she
plummeted from a 22-foot platform, landing face down.
After a dramatic and life-saving rescue, she fell into a
coma for three days suffering broken bones in her face.
She was taken back to Los Angeles to recover. Shortly
after, the actress lost her beloved father to cancer.
Ann-Margret's accident, coupled with the death of her
beloved father, led to a growing dependency on alcohol.
Her addiction took its toll, and before long, she
spiraled into a severe depression. However, with the
support of her husband, she worked to rebuild her life
emerging as a healthier and more vibrant woman.
Ann-Margret elicited favorable reviews for her part in
the 1973 Western The
Train Robbers, opposite John Wayne. She
earned another Oscar nomination for her role in the film
version of the rock opera Tommy (1975),
and gave a notable performance alongside Anthony Hopkins
in Magic (1978).
As the decade progressed, she was featured in a few
forgettable films, including The
Cheap Detective (1978); The
Villain (1979), which costarred Arnold
Schwarzeneggar and Kirk Douglas; and Middle
Age Crazy (1980).
During the 1980s, Ann-Margret enjoyed a succession of
Emmy Award nominations for her performances in some of
the decade’s most acclaimed TV movies. She shed her
glamorous image to give a convincing performance as a
sickly Iowa farm wife in Who
Will Love My Children? (1983). The following
year, she played Blanche Dubois in the ABC remake of A
Streetcar Named Desire (1984), and in 1987,
she was cast in her first television miniseries, The
Two Mrs. Grenvilles.
In the '90s, Ann-Margret alternated between TV and
films. She was introduced to a new generation with her
role in the 1993 comedy hit Grumpy
Old Men, and it's equally popular 1995
Old Men. She continued her television
success, receiving her fourth Emmy nomination for the
miniseries Queen (1993),
in which she was barely recognizable in her portrayal of
a woman who ages 60 years over the course of the film.
In 1998, Ann-Margret earned her fifth Emmy nod for her
impersonation of Pamela Harriman in the Lifetime biopic Life
of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story.
The following year, she returned to features with a
supporting role as Cameron Diaz's mother in Oliver
Family Film Awards
were established in 1996
by Dr Olympia Gellini and co-produced by Dick Clark.
The first inaugural awards show was participated by
Hollywood A-listers and film industry legends and super
stars such as Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock.
In 2020, Ms. Xiaoqiu Ma and her company, DYF Entertainment,
saw the new importance of family-centric films which provide examples of
the benefits of family relationships and succeeded in
acquiring the Family Film Awards with a view toward
expanding this annual awards event to a global audience.
The 24th Family Film Awards ceremony will be held on
Wednesday, March 24th at the Universal Hilton Hotel at
and all COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed during
the taping of the show in accordance with Los Angeles County
and CDC guidelines.
“The safety and comfort of our honorees and presenters is
our highest priority and guided our decision,”
stated Roger Neal, the Executive Producer of the show and
of this year’s Family Film Awards.
The ceremony, presented by DYF Entertainment & WFI,
will tape live in front of a limited, invite-only audience
at the Universal Hilton at Universal Studios.
Dean Cain is the Celebrity Host of the telecast.
Olympia Gellini, Founder of the FAMILY Film Awards
and World Film Institute,
Dr Jeannie Yi, CEO of DYF Entertainment,
Michael Maizes, Partner of SFM Entertainment
also serve as Co-Executive Producers.
Dr. Ma Xiaoqiu, Chairman of TCMD Investment Corporation,
owner of DYF Entertainment, and majority shareholder of Family Film Award
serves as 24th Family Film Award chair woman.
REELZ is set to air the telecast on April 23rd, 2021.
The Family Film Awards honors the best in family film and
Iconic film star Ann-Margret will be honored with
the Lifetime Achievement Award,
Producer/Writer Bob Gale will accept
the Iconic Film Award for "Back to the Future,"
the cast of "The Brady Bunch" will accept the Iconic
Tim Allen, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Scarlett
Johansson are among the nominees.
Film star Julianne Hough will present the award to Ann-
and will do a tribute dance in Ann’s honor on the telecast.
Film nominees include
"A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,"
"Toy Story 4,"
"Always Be My Maybe."
Among the television nominees are
"Last Man Standing,"
and "Finding Love in Quarantine."
will be a special live performance from "American Idol" alum
Haley Reinhart performing the Elvis Presley classic
"I Can't Help Falling in Love With You."
Guigui will perform
"Won't You Be My Neighbor?
The films which will be honored in this year's Family Film
feature stories, stars, and directors who recognize and understand the
universal importance and value of strong family
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