Ann-Margret, 74, is set to receive the King Vidor Award for Excellence in Filmmaking on March 19 at the Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo, according to a news release Tuesday. The Swedish-American entertainer will become the second woman ever to receive the film festival’s highest honor, following Eva Marie Saint in 2004.
Oscar-winning actor Alan Arkin, who received the King Vidor Award in 2010, will present Ann-Margret with the award following a screening of the movie “Viva Las Vegas.” The two co-star in the comedy “Going in Style,” which opens in movie theaters May 6.
Born Ann-Margret Olsson, Ann-Margret first earned acclaim as a singer, dancer and sex symbol in the early 1960s, winning over audiences in the big-screen musicals “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Viva Las Vegas.” Later that decade, the vivacious redhead entertained U.S. troops stationed in Vietnam during USO tours headlined by Bob Hope and Johnny Rivers.
She earned Academy Award nominations for her roles in 1971’s “Carnal Knowledge” and 1975’s “Tommy.” In addition, she’s netted five Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy Award.
Now in its 22nd year, the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival runs March 15 through 20 at venues across San Luis Obispo County. For more information, call 546-3456 or visit www.slofilmfest.org.