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Family Film Awards Ann-Margaret

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Ann-Margret, Robert Wagner
24th Annual talk of the Town gala

Photos  by:  
Vince Bucci
UN Foundation

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
 keep pushing for girls and women to be



Family Film Awards 2021
Lifetime Achievement Award



Black Tie International Magazine,

Congratulates, Ann-Margret,
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


Patrick Wayne  and Ann-Margret.  photo by:  Vince Bucci

 JWCI Chairman Patrick Wayne , Ann-Margret
24th Annual talk of the Town gala

Photos  by:  
Vince Bucci


Ann Margret,

is 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 town of
"lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic Circle".

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 together saying,
“‘Elvis Presley, I’d like you to meet a wonderful young lady, Ann-Margret.
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 long after
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 longevity!

The multitalented Swedish-born star
 launched her career in 1961, when she made her first recording and quickly made waves as the

 "female Elvis."

Just a few years later, she would co-star with the King himself in

 "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.)

Ann-Margret Olsson

was born on April 28, 1941, in 
Valsjöbyn , Sweden.

 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 employed Anna.

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 talent contests

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 California.


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 album And 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 and career,
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 sequel Grumpier 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 Stone's 

familY Film Awards

The 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 Universal Studios

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 telecast
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 television.

 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 Television Award.

Tim Allen, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Scarlett Johansson are among the nominees.
Film star Julianne Hough will present the award to Ann- Margret
 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,"

"Little Women"


 and "Always Be My Maybe."

Among the television nominees are


"Last Man Standing,"

 "The Mandalorian,"

and "Finding Love in Quarantine."

 There 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."

 Esther Guigui will perform

"Won't You Be My Neighbor?

The films which will be honored in this year's Family Film Awards
 feature stories, stars, and directors who recognize and understand the universal importance and value of strong family relationships.


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