It may soundÂ strange but actress/singer/dancerÂ Ann-Margret,Â once named Esquire ‘s 10th-sexiest all-time film star for flicks likeÂ Kitten With a Whip, isÂ working onÂ her second album of gospel-music songs. In Dallas for the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival, the 69-year-oldÂ Swedish-born entertainer said the newÂ album–like her first gospel effort, which won earned aÂ Grammy award nomination in 2001–will be produced by Garland’s Art Greenhaw, of the Light Crust Doughboys.
And no, she said, she doesn’t see any contradiction between herÂ sexy career image and the Christian music. “That’s always been a part of me,”Â she said,Â pausing onÂ the red carpet FridayÂ in support of her new film, Lucky, whichÂ would premiere at the festival later in theÂ evening. “The album isn’t just Christian hymns, anyway,” she went on. “It’sÂ very eclectic, and also includes songs like The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Operator, which the Manhattan Transfer did a few years ago.”
The entertainer (pictured in photo by Jeanne Prejean)Â added that she’d recorded some of the new album’s material with a 130-member choirÂ at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. Then she adroitlyÂ steered the conversation to Lucky, whose directorÂ GilÂ Cates Jr.Â was standing next to her, one hand on the small ofÂ her back.Â The screenwriter for the film, which is a dark comedy, is Kent Sublette of Saturday Night Live,Â Ann-Margret said, “so you can imagine how funny it is.” Then the coquettishÂ vixen ofÂ screenÂ legendÂ seemed to emerge and sheÂ looked up atÂ Cates and said coyly of the director, “He may not lookÂ like it now, but this person here is very … very … strange.” And you sort of got the idea thatÂ to theÂ Kitten with a Whip who likes to singÂ Christian songs, strange is good.