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Ann-Margret
"Rusty Martin"

Ann-Margret Olsson was born on April,28,1941, in Stockholm, Sweden. Only a few months after she was born, Ann-Margret’s family moved to a small village in Valsjobyn, Sweden, but later that year, her father left the family and went to America. Even at the age of 2, Ann-Margret would perform for the soldiers that would come to her Grandmother’s bakery. For the first 5 years of her life, Ann-Margret grew up with no father around, but that all changed in 1946. That year, she and her mother went to America to be with him, although it wasn’t easy since neither mother or daughter spoke English. As Ann-Margret grew up, she took dance lessons and was even a . Her big break came in 1958 when she was chosen to appear on the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour. Even though Ann-Margret didn’t win, later that year she got her first singing engagement at The Muelbach Hotel in Kansas City. After Ann-Margret graduated from High School she joined the musical group “The Suttletones.” The group made a few appearances, but later the four of them went their separate ways. Ann-Margret, continued.....

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Cesare Danova
"Count Elmo Mancini"

Cesare Danova was born on March 1, 1926, in Bergamo, Italy. While studying to be a surgeon at the University of Rome, filmmaker Dino De Laurentis asked him to test for the lead role in his project, The Captain’s Daughter. Danova won the part, and for the next 3 years balanced his medical schooling with acting. After much consideration, Cesare decided he would choose a career exclusively in acting. The following years of Cesare’s film career found him appearing in European films such as La Figlia del Capitano and Don Juan . In 1959, Danova began once again appearing in American films, including Tarzan, the Ape Man and The Man Who Understood Women. Cesare’s first major American role was in 1963’s Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In 1964, Danova was chosen to costar in Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. He played Count Elmo Mancini, Elvis’ race car driving opponent. After Vegas, Cesare starred in the ‘67 television series, Garrison’s Gorillas, as well as a small selection of movies, most notably as Mayor De Pasto National Lampoon’s Animal House. In the final years of his career, Cesare Danova could be seen in such films as Invisible Stranger and Blacke’s Magic, as well as the popular television series, Ryan’s Hope. On March 19, 1992, while attending a meeting of the Motion Picture Academy’s Foreign Film Committee, Cesare Danova died suddenly of a heart attack.

Click here to see my Cesare Danova autograph.

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William Demarest

"Mr. Martin"



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