In 1964, Elvis Presley starred opposite Ann-Margret in one of his most famous films, Viva Las Vegas. The Hollywood actors got close and even dated for a while. In a new interview, Ann-Margret shared how she and Elvis would tease each other on set.
Speaking to Page Six, Ann-Margret admitted that Elvis really made her laugh.
The 80-year-old said: “He had a great sense of humour. He was very funny.
“And he teased me, but I teased him back. … We have laughed a lot. Lots of laughs.”
The Viva Las Vegas star has been portrayed as a female Elvis in other films, and at one point even recorded a cover of Heartbreak Hotel.
Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret: ‘We would tease each other’ shares the Viva Las Vegas star
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Ann-Margret remembered how frustrating this could be, being offered only sexy parts.
The 80-year-old said: “It was difficult in the beginning, yes, because nobody saw me as a serious actress.”
However, things changed when she starred opposite Jack Nicholson in 1971’s Carnal Knowledge.
While earlier this year she recalled how working on Viva Las Vegas with Elvis was “one of the happiest times of my life”.
Viva Las Vegas hit theaters in 1964
Speak with Fox newsAnn-Margret said, “If I just think about Viva Las Vegas, or when someone says it, I smile.
“It was one of the happiest times of my life. George Sidney, who directed Bye Bye Birdie, also directed Viva Las Vegas.”
The star even admitted that she had never seen Elvis perform live before landing a role opposite him.
The 80-year-old said: “I know it’s hard to believe but I didn’t! I really saw it when we rehearsed, sang and danced together.”
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Ann-Margret added: “But we moved about the same. And he loved his mother [Gladys, who died in 1958].
“I loved my mother and father. I had a great time. We were friends to the end. I had a great time.”
After Elvis’ death on August 16, 1977, his co-star traveled from Viva Las Vegas to Graceland to attend the funeral the following day.
Three months later, Ann-Margret presented Memories of Elvis, featuring abridged versions of 1968’s The King’s Comeback Special and 1973’s Aloha from Hawaii, via satellite.
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