Ann-Margret, Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Director George Sidney was, understandably, so moved by Ann-Margret’s talent (and, I’m certain, her personality and charisma) that when the film was edited he went to Columbia’s executives and proposed that the opening and closing bumpers showcase her. They didn’t want to pay for any additional filming so he rented the studio and crew at his own expense!
He asked the composers to come up with a title song. Ann-Margret’s wonderful skirt-flipping & hair-tossing rendition of the song was used and Ann-Margret became a household name.
View the Opening and Closing “Bumpers” Below:
So much talent, beauty, personality and charisma it almost isn’t fair!