One of the most legendary names in the music industry is none other than the famous Elvis Presley. He made quite the name for himself, not only in his singing and songwriting abilities but for being quite the ladies’ man. Of all the love affairs he had, one of the most prominent women in his life was Ann-Margret Osslen.
Ann-Margret Olsson, the Lover of Elvis Presley
One of the most significant relationships Elvis Presley had was with Ann-Margret Olsson. She was an incredible dancer in her days, as well as an actress and singer. Born in a tiny village in Northern Sweden, she quickly became one of his closest friends and lovers. They seemingly met while they were filming the movie they each starred in: “Viva Las Vegas,” in 1964. Although, this is still unclear. Her presence on set was so powerful she captured the attention of Elvis, and their star-crossed lovers’ journey began. “We both felt a current, an electricity that went straight through us,” Ann-Margret said. “It would become a force we couldn’t control.”
Having already made his way into fame, Ann-Margret was star-struck by Elvis, who had only just begun her career. However, they immediately hit it off and became good friends, spending a lot of time together on and off the set. According to Ann-Margret, they had a natural chemistry that was apparent from the get-go.
Elvis Presley ended up marrying Priscilla, but this did not end the connection he shared with Ann-Margret. This would ultimately have a great effect on his wife, but Ann-MArgret was adamant that she and Elvis were soulmates. “We were truly soul mates, shy on the outside but unbridled within. We both lived on the edge and were self-destructive in our own ways… In many ways, if you put aside the celebrity and what we achieved so quickly, we both remained very childish and were emotionally insecure,” Ann-Margret writes in her biography, My Story.
Her Life Today
Ann Margret was an iconic female powerhouse of her heydays. She contributed so much to the entertainment industry, even some great songs that are still popular to this day. Her voice was described as the female version of Elvis. To this day, she is alive and well at 82 years old.
In 1967, Ann-Margret married her long-term husband, roger Smith. They remained a unit up until his death in 2017. Margret often spoke about her husband, saying he was her best achievement to be proud of. “When I look back at my life, I am most proud of my marriage,” she told Closer. “We both wanted it to work. And it did work. We were together night and day. We loved each other and were always in each other’s corner.”
In 1971, Ann-Margret thought she wanted to retire from the music industry. This led to her doing a three-week tour which she considered to be a farewell tour. “I did what I thought was a farewell tour for three weeks in 1971. Nobody knew,” she said. Although, only one year later she changed her mind and got back into the game. “But then I was retired for a year, in my mind, and then I said, ‘Honey, I don’t think I want to be retired. I’d like to go on stage again.'”
In 2004, Ann-Margret recorded the first album she had made in many years. Born to Be Wild was filled with all of her favorite 1960s-styled music. Now, she has no actual plans for tours or concerts. But, she is keeping herself open o the opportunity and plans to go with the flow. “For me, I would say just relaxation,” she responded to an interviewer’s question on what her future career plans are. “Being with my friends is relaxation. And I’ll get my energy up, then I don’t know what I’ll do. And I never know!”
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