Ann-Margret Once Said She and Elvis Presley Shared the Same Career Frustration – ‘People Don’t Want Us to Change’

Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley shared a year-long, hot and heavy love affair after starring in a 1964 film Viva Las Vegas. The off-star chemistry of the two famous stars has been translated into a lifelong connection and friendship, despite their marriages to others (Roger Smith and Priscilla Presley).

In her 1994 memoir, Ann-Margret: My story, the now 79-year-old Swedish-American actress thought of the many similarities between herself and the King of Rock and Roll. She even said that she and Presley were just as struggling in their artistic careers as they tried to break out of the limited molds to which they were let down.

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in 'Viva Las Vegas'
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ | GAB / Redferns Archive

Ann-Margret sometimes struggled to establish herself as a bad actor

Before her husband took over as her manager, Ann-Margret often fought with her management team. Initially, she was described as “the female Elvis” or “the next Marilyn Monroe,” but she wanted to be known for more dangerous dramatic roles.

In her memory, Ann-Margret considered one of her attempts to do so with a 1964 film Kitten with Whip. After succeeding in her key roles in Bye Bye Birdie and State Fair, she was concerned that it would only be included in music films or such “whole” parts.

On the other hand, Kitten with Whip is a crime drama starring Ann-Margret as a troubled teenager who intimidates a politician played by John Forsythe. While she considered “film noir to be an interesting, ambitious endeavor,” she also knew he was “embarrassed by its spy-sounding title. “She was also sorry that her manager had not spoken to her before she signed the film.

Ann-Margret’s growing fanbase was partially turned upside down by the film, she wrote, arguing that it was witnessing “some horrible reviews” and “badly damaged [her] reputation with fans. ”In fact, she had been playing the role of a girl next door.

“My achievement in Piseag it was so strong and so strong that people were upset, ”said Ann-Margret. “They preferred me as their innocent lover inside Birdie. ”

Ann-Margret and John Forsythe
Ann-Margret and John Forsythe in ‘Kitten With a Whip’ | Silver Screen / Getty Images Collection

Defendant Presley seemed to confirm Ann-Margret’s claims in his memoir

In his 2007 memoir, Elvis: Taking care of business, Former Presley defender Sonny West seemed to agree with Ann-Margret that King of Rock and Roll was often plagued by his roles in campy, light-hearted musical comedies in which he appeared romantic image and sexual image.

West said Presley had his own “Kitten with Whip”A moment with the 1960 West drama Flame star. Presley thought this was his “incredible disappointment,” according to West. He told reporters at the time that he hoped to “move to dramatic new frontiers” and “handle straightforward roles” after a positive turnaround in the film.

However, while critics praised Presley ‘s performance, the film did not perform as well in the box office as its predecessors. In 1961, he took another remarkable part Wild in the country. This time, Presley’s performance was far from well-scrutinized – which Presley seemed to take as “a sign that his fans wanted him to sing in his films and leave the amazing material to Olivier, ”said West.

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