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Ann-Margret
ninety minutes with a movie star!

(all photos Joel Aronson)

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When I had my studio in the late 60s, one of my regular clients was Coronet Magazine, a Reader's Digest sized monthly. The difference was that Coronet used many more photographs. Bill Tompkins was Coronet's art director and he had been the first to give me editorial assignments on a regular, long-term basis. This marked a certain level of success in New York's highly competitive photography industry and for that, I'm eternally grateful to Bill.

The diverse theme list of photo illustrations for Coronet ranged from depicting consumer decisions to sexual problems. One day Bill asked me if I would shoot a fashion feature of Rudi Gernreich originals modeled by an actress who was in a comeback phase, from a self-imposed hiatus. When he told me that it was Ann-Margret, I was excited that he had chosen me over other bigger name fashion photographers to photograph this well known lady. "We feel that your work has a fresh look," said Bill, which thrilled me even more, making me feel unique as a part of New York City's photo community. That day, when Ann-Margret walked through my door and shook hands with me, I was totally overwhelmed by realizing that this famous woman who had actually worked with Elvis, had come here to work with me!

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Being a relative newcomer to
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I managed to stay out
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The shoot continued after Ann-Margret
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The shoot ended with Ann-Margret
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