On September 10, 1972, while preparing for her twelfth show in six nights at the Sahara Hotel, Ann-Margret plummeted twenty-two feet from a platform and landed face first on stage. Her husband, actor Roger Smith, was alerted and flew in immediately from Los Angeles to bring his wife to UCLA hospital. There, she was treated for a concussion, five fractures in her face, a broken arm, and a shattered knee. Though doctors doubted she would ever be on stage again, Ann-Margret resumed her act exactly ten weeks later at the Las Vegas Hilton, and continued her career as a successful actress, singer, and dancer.
Pictured here with her jaw wired shut and a cast on her arm, Ann-Margret sifts through several of the thousands of get-well letters from concerned fans in her Los Angeles home.
The Amazing Spider-Man #42
1st (face) appearance of Mary Jane
It took Peter and us three issues to finally have a look at Mary Jane, and boy was she a jackpot! John Romita Sr. has stated that in designing Mary Jane, he “used Ann-Margret from the movie Bye Bye Birdie as a guide, using her coloring, the shape of her face, her red hair and her form-fitting short skirts.”
Ann-Margret and director Ken Russell on the set of Tommy,’ 1975.
The Flintstones “Ann-Margrock Presents” Ann-Margret Model Sheet Print (1963)
I got a lot of livin’ to do