"But when the time comes, she gets interested in another act or a new film or something that delays it.The fact is, the girl just loves to work."In 1965, Smith was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a disorder that disrupts the transmission of nerve signals to the muscles, causing severe muscle weakness.In a March 1960 story on the incident, Look magazine blamed medical mistakes for the delay in diagnosis and quoted a doctor as saying, "This boy came too close to being buried — needlessly."Smith rejoined "77 Sunset Strip" after recovering and continued in his role as Jeff Spencer until 1963 when the entire cast except Zimbalist was dropped in an attempt to revitalize it. Meanwhile, Smith got the title role in the NBC series based on "Mister Roberts," based on the 1955 comedy-drama about Navy life. When he first gained fame, he had been married to a glamorous Australian actress, Victoria Shaw, with whom he had three children. Meanwhile he was dating Ann-Margret, the dynamic singer, dancer and actress of "Bye Bye Birdie," ''Viva Las Vegas" and other films. Smith later quit acting to manage her career."Now in Roger I've found all the men I need rolled into one — a father, a friend, a lover, a manager, a businessman," she told writer Rex Reed in 1972. I couldn't exist without a strong man."For decades, Smith guided Ann-Margret's career with great care.She broke her sex kitten stereotype in dramatic fashion in 1971 when she appeared in Mike Nichols' "Carnal Knowledge" as the abused mistress of Jack Nicholson.Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland, Sweden to Anna Aronsson and Gustav Olsson, a native of Örnsköldsvik. She grew up in a small town 'of lumberjacks and farmers high up near the Arctic Circle'. Ann-Margret: I'm not going to not going to talk about it.
She was nominated again in 1975 for her portrayal of Roger Daltrey's mother in the film version of the Who's rock opera "Tommy."While appearing at the Sahara Hotel at Lake Tahoe in 1972, she fell 22 feet from a scaffold and suffered severe injuries."She could quit working tomorrow and we'd have enough money to live on for the rest of our lives," Smith told Reed in late 1972 as Ann-Margret recovered from her injuries.Her father worked in the United States during his youth and immigrated back in 1942, working with the Johnson Electrical Company. Ann-Margret and her mother moved to the USA four years later. Cagney was Chaney, while Smith played Chaney's son as a young man.Smith then was cast in "Auntie Mame," playing star Rosalind Russell's nephew, Patrick, as a young man.