As a kid Ann-Margret was my favorite character in Bye Bye Birdie and I knew she had a lengthy career, but somehow never watched another movie with her in it. I liked this autobiography of her, Ann-Margret, but it wasn’t my favorite. She quickly described all her movies, stage performances, and tv specials without a lot of emphasis on her personal life. That is much of what I expect to differentiate an autobiography from just a biography. What made Myrna Loy’s autobiography so great was that she detailed the joy her fortune brought to her life. I loved hearing about the parties she threw and the expensive gifts she lavished on others.
Ann Margret didn’t share those private details, and so her autobiography lacked the personal element I hoped for. She talked about other celebrities that she encountered and shared funny stories. Those stories were overshadowed by the emphasis she gave to her relationship status with the men she dated. I appreciated that she expressed her relationship with Elvis, but if was the G rated version! It was done so delicately that it didn’t shed much light on the secret rendezvous at all. In fact, she did not admit to any intimacy with Elvis.
She also focused a great deal on her alcoholism, which was a highlight for me. Ann-Margret was very honest about identifying her addiction, her relapse, and the impact it had on her life. She also explained how she was taken advantage of by her manager, like so many other famous women before her. He committed her to film projects she didn’t like, turned down projects that would have been great for her, and generally over scheduled her so that she was sued by a studio when it looked like she wouldn’t be able to begin their project on time. Later, she learned that he has also completely mismanaged her money, and that at one point, she was in debt.
As for the writing, I understand that someone else wrote this but it was told as if Ann-Margret was the author. Mostly the language they used was conversational and informal, but at times the wording was improper English, which bugged me.