Ann Margret

In a conversation with actress Ann-Margret, Johnny Carson delved into the topic of her being pigeonholed as a sex symbol, rather than being recognized as a substantial actress. This discussion took place during her appearance on The Tonight Show with Carson on February 29, 1972—a significant week for her as she had just received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

This nomination was in recognition of her role as Jack Nicholson’s affectionate yet excessive girlfriend in the movie Carnal Knowledge. Prior to this pivotal film, the Swedish-born actress had primarily been cast in B movies, often portraying the archetype of a sultry seductress. However, Carnal Knowledge provided audiences with an opportunity to witness her genuine acting prowess, showcasing a more authentic range of her abilities.