Today we celebrate a trio of stunning Hollywood actress’s birthdays! From Oscar winners to history makers, take a look at the bevy of beauties born today:
Born in Sweden in 1941, Ann-Margret Olsson came to America at the age of 5. Showing a natural aptitude in dance class at the age of 8, she started entering talent contests with the support of her parents and when she turned 20, moved to Vegas where she quickly landed a record deal and film contract. Best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie and Viva Las Vegas (the movie that sparked a lifelong friendship with Elvis Presley), Ann-Margret became a Top 10 Box Office star, teen idol, cultural icon, and was dubbed “the female Elvis Presley“.
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With more than 16 films credited to her, 2 Oscar nominations and 2 chart-topping songs, Ann-Margret is the true definition of a star. Fun facts: Nicknamed “Slugger”, Ann-Margret was an avid motorcyclist, and was featured in the early ’60s Triumph ads. And, though she was known for her voluptuous figure and red hair, she wasn’t a natural redhead. The legendary hairdresser Sydney Guilaroff, who was responsible for Lucille Ball‘s flaming locks, came up with the idea.
Ann-Margret finds herself in good company today! Joining the lovely Taurus in celebration is none other than Penelope Cruz. Born in Madrid, she was a natural performer even as a child. She took up dance and studied ballet at Spain’s National Conservancy for 9 years before heeding her true calling and competing in a talent agency audition where she beat out 300 other girls for a contract that landed her prominent roles on Spanish TV.
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Her first feature film Jamón, jamón (1992) followed a year later to critical acclaim. She worked steadily through the ‘90s and achieved worldwide success with the release of Vanilla Sky and Blow in 2001. Once she crossed that Atlantic, there was no turning back. After a string of movies that encompassed every genre from comedy to musical drama, she became the first Spanish actress to win an Academy Award and receive a star on Hollywood Blvd. Talented, gorgeous and incredibly involved in charity work, Penelope Cruz is the very definition of A-List.
And no post about birthdays today would be complete without Jessica Alba! Originally from Pomona, she was moved a lot as child with her Air Force father before settling back in Mississippi, Having always wanted to be an actress, she took her first class when she was 12. Nine months later she was signed.
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A talented young actress, she made her film debut in 1993. Commercials, independent films and many TV shows quickly followed. WIth more than 25 films beneath her belt and even more television spots, Jessica has proven herself to be a major player in Hollywood. Since the birth of her two daughters, however, she hasn’t working as much, seemingly wanting to focus on being a mom. Considering she’s been acting almost non-stop for the past 18 years, we say more power to her and happy birthday!