Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Technicolor Couture

I'm not a huge fan of musicals, but one of my guilty pleasures is Bye Bye Birdie.

The 1963 teen movie parodies the real-life drafting of Elvis into the United States Army.

It's cute, bubbly, adorable, and a technicolor dream come true.

But the main reason for watching it is because of its delightfully adorable star, Ann Margret.

The Swedish-born beauty is as sweet and innocent as American apple pie in this musical.

And it established the 20-year-old as a legimate fashion icon.

Ann Margret was the Britney Spears of the 1960s, starting out as an all-American girl-next-door to quickly transforming into a mischevious sex kitten.

Girls wanted to be her. Guys wanted to bang her.

In the early 1960s, she had a steamy affair with Elvis, that rocked headlines all over the world. Despite having a nasty break-up, the two remains close friends until his death, which made his wife absolutely livid.

In 1967, she married the love of her life, an actor named Roger. The two are still married today.

In 1972, while performing at Lake Tahoe, she fell 22 feet from an elevated platform onto the stage and nearly broke every single bone in her face. She had reconstructive facial surgery and spent months recovering.

In the 1980s, she used to drive around Beverly Hills in a pink Cadillac, like a bad-ass.

She has always been a huge motorcycle fan, a passion that started in the 1960s. She still rides her Harley today.

In 2000, she was thrown off her motorcycle while throwing caution to the wind in rural Minnesota. She suffered three broken ribs and a fractured shoulder. She's fine now.

Her latest work, an episode of Law & Order: SVU in 2010 earned her an Emmy award, which drew a standing ovation at the ceremony. Not bad, eh?

What do you think of Ann Margret? Do you like her 1960s style?


Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

i heard about her love affair with elvis presley. i always thought she was so cute. i wasn't aware that she was still living. wow, she's taken some hits but she keeps getting better. thanks for this jen.

Tanvi said...

She sounds like a bad ass. I wanna watch her work not.

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The Grande Dame said...

Who couldn't love Ann Margaret? These are great photos. I had no idea she'd had that falling accident.

Chloe Moon said...

I've only seen her older in like that Taxi movie, or The Breakup or Oh Grumpy Old Men. Somehow I have never seen Bye Bye Birdie except for the 1st scene when she is singing! If I was her age in the 60's I'd want to have her style definitely! =)


Sharena C. said...

Great photos! She's adorable and love her style.

Aditi So-Saree said... this girl prone to accidents or what??

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Bunny Moreno said...

LOVE her! Ann and Elvis=HOT! He wanted to marry her. Imagine that? Did I mention...I LOVE her hehee Great post hun! xox

Sherin said...

Good on her - she seems amazing. And I like that this ended in a happy ending. She seems pretty awesome.

Josie said...

She is so adorable! And so fashionable.
xo Josie

Meri said...

I love Ann Margaret. I never knew she was swedish!

Ira Kharchenko said...

Amazing post! Have a nice weekend:)

A BRIT GREEK said...

What a fun post, I vaguely remember that musical, mind you i've seen pretty much everything with Elvis in it, from the bad to the er... good!

Back then she was a bit of a smoking gun...She's still looking pretty good despite having fallen flat on her face and broken everything!!!

Tallia said...

She is such a beautiful role model!

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Lissey said...

Second photo is best :D
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Now I want to see the musical again. Britney Spears of the 60s, haha. Gosh, must have been tragic to have had to go through that accident. Glad it all worked out.Good post!

Couture Carrie said...

Love Ann Margaret and these pics!
Fab post, darling!


P.S. I insist that you wear the shoulder chain sometime this week ~ just go for it ;)

Kate S. said...
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Kate S. said...

One word ... Newsies. 'Nuff said :D

bridechic said...

I remember Ann Margaret's popularity in the 60s. Men everywhere adored her women wanted to be like her. I especially remember her fall from the stage in Tahoe. I was in my teens at the time and remember talking to a doctor about how well her reconstructive surgery went. She's always had that special ultra-fem charisma and beauty

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