Show Business: The Ordeal of Ann-Margret

It was like watching Minnie Mouse play Ophelia—brilliantly. Nobody could believe that Ann-Margret, the Swedish meatball, the female Troy Donahue, the 30-year-old high school cheerleader from Wilmette, Ill., was actually acting. But in Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (TIME, July 5), playing the billowy milkbed the hero frolics on, she opposed Jack Nicholson's grim portrait of a swordless swordsman with a rich and touching study of what happens to a woman when her man won't let her be one. Her work deserved and got the sort of reviews that could win a girl an...

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