Ann-Margret, who once dated Elvis Presley, the king of Rock and Roll, had difficulties getting pregnant. She attempted to conceive for thirteen years, employing all sorts of methods.
Ann-Margret is a tremendously talented woman. The Hollywood legend is a skilled dancer, singer, and actress. In all her years in the industry, she attracted accolades for her great works, including Golden Globe Awards.
This superstar embodies values worth emulating and is somehow seen as a perfect woman by her legion of fans. It would not be far from the truth because she intelligently merged a successful career and unique personal lifestyle—including her long-term union.
The actress has avoided scandals and held down her enviable romance with Roger Smith for five decades, a quality very few entertainers possess. Many were familiar with Smith and the actress's happy story.
Fans were oblivious of their struggles because the couple shielded details about their family from the ever-watchful eyes of the media. However, Ann-Margret later shared intimate stories via self-written publications and in refreshingly honest interviews.
A few details from these disclosures indicated that she once had a romance with the Famous Singer Elvis Presley. They also revealed that she struggled to get pregnant for more than one decade.
Ann-Margret at the screening of "The Cincinnati Kid" at the 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival | Photo: Getty Images
ANN-MARGRET'S RELATIONSHIP WITH PRESLEY
In her book titled "My Story," the actress confessed that she dated the king of rock and roll for a year, and it seemed like the perfect relationship. They spent time enjoying each other's company and were believed to have been together on the day of JFK's untimely death.
Their affair began after they both appeared in "Vivas La Vegas," where Presley played Lucky, and she played Rusty. Initially, she met him in 1963 but was not impressed with the American.
Actress Ann-Margaret attends the 2016 USO Gala on October 20, 2016 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington | Photo: Getty Images
But during their time as co-stars, she realized they had so much in common, including their love for black leather, Harley motorcycles, similar family values, and a belief in God.
However, the relationship between the thriving stars did not last for long. Finally, they broke up as they continued to drift apart. Yet, it did not ruin their beautiful friendship; Ann-Margret acknowledged that they remained friends and communicated through a mutual companion.
Elvis Presley strums his acoustic guitar in a portrait in 1956 | Photo: Getty Images
Even after she got married in 1967, Presley found it difficult to let go. He allegedly located her in a dressing room, walked in, shut the door, and lovingly took her hands to proclaim his love for her.
At the time, the "Bye Bye Birdie" star felt touched but was also ready to give her marriage her all. This decision would later become the number one recipe to her enviable relationship with the famous actor, Smith.
Elvis Presley as Lucky Jackson and actress Ann-Margret as Rusty Martin in a publicity still for the 1964 musical film 'Viva Las Vegas" | Photo: Getty Images
MEETING ROGER SMITH
Ann-Margret met her actor husband, Roger Smith, in 1961, when she premiered as the delightful young star in "Bye, Bye Birdie," and they remained just friends.
The next time they crossed paths was in 1966 — after the actor treated his colleague to a wonderful performance in a San Francisco nightclub. Smith set in the perfect tempo for a series of luxurious dates that followed because he accumulated interest in the lady.
Ann-Margret and Roger Smith pose for a portrait in 1980 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
According to Smith, Ann-Margret could control herself around him, and he was impressed at how she only spoke when spoken to and sometimes ignored him. Her behavior was not the norm for a handsome actor who had many women smitten.
Once they grew familiar, the duo became more than friends, and after a year of dating, they exchanged their marital vows. Years after the union in Las Vegas, Ann-Margret revealed that she already knew they would end up as husband and wife on the third date.
Ann-Margret and Roger Smith at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, United States, on May 8, 1967 | Photo: Getty Images
They eloped to Las Vegas for an intimate ceremony, and the room they stayed in to exchange vows was nothing close to glamorous and was filled with cigarette smoke.
The audience thought she was pregnant, but Ann-Margret explained she had had a different idea of a fairytale wedding; thus, she could not help but cry throughout the ceremony.
Ann-Margret and husband Roger Smith at the 2010 Creative Arts Emmy Awards | Photo: Getty Images
ANN-MARGRET WAS A MOTHER WITHOUT KIDS
Ann-Margret never had a child with her husband or any other man. In 1985, she admitted that she had tried for thirteen years, but nothing changed.
Presley's former flame tried all sorts of methods, from fertility pumps to injecting her stomach with an experimental device. Having tried tirelessly for thirteen years, the actress decided to give up and instead believe in God. She said:
"The point is, if I am meant to have a child, I will have one. Whatever my higher power feels is right for me, I will accept. I know this may sound simplistic, but I believe in the serenity prayer."
Ann-Margret at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel on December 01, 2019 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images
Despite her inability to conceive, she was a commendable parent to Smith's three kids and shared a close bond with them. The actor was formerly married before meeting Ann-Margret.
They stayed close, and even after the actor died in 2017, she kept in touch with his kids and played the role of grandmother to their kids.
THE INSEPARABLE BOND BETWEEN THE COUPLE
Smith was by her side through the childlessness and busy schedules. He proved to be the perfect husband who was good at multitasking. He was her agent, manager, producer and looked out for his wife.
Whenever he thought the actress looked exhausted, the charming husband would carry her in his arms, back to the dressing room, and never complained or made a fuss about it.
Roger Smith with sun glasses and Ann-Margret in the back of a limo; circa 1970 | Photo: Getty Images
One of the toppings on the cake for Ann-Margret was that her husband was never a jealous man. She continued her friendship with Presley after their marriage but respected boundaries. Smith never challenged their relationship, and it never bothered their marriage.
These two weathered some storms in their union without letting it break them. Ann-Margret had a near-tragic fall earlier in her career, while her husband faced a few health challenges in 1980. Still, they survived through it all.
Ann-Margret and her husband, Roger Smith at their wedding ceremony at the Riviera Hotel on May 8, 1967 in Las Vegas | Photo: Getty Images
When asked about the key to their successful marriage, the actress said she was assured of Smith's protection, and since their journey began, they decided to make it work. She added that they were each other's critics, and they also laughed at weird situations together.
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