Following the death of actor Roger Smith, his wife, Ann-Margret, is doing her best to cope with the loss.
Her husband sadly passed on Sunday, June 4 at age 84 after battling myasthenia gravis for many years. A source close to Ann-Margret, 76, exclusively revealed to Closer Weekly that she was an “amazing nurse” to the 77 Sunset Trip star during the time leading up to his death.
Ann-Margret and Roger in March 2017.
“They were a totally devoted couple, and Ann had put her highly successful career on the back burner years ago in order to care for the man she loves,” the insider added. When Roger was first diagnosed, he transitioned to helping Ann manage her acting career and put his own on hold.
The couple previously married in 1967 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 8. “He really wanted to reach that 50-year mark,” the source tells Closer. So sweet.
Ann-Margret opened up about her relationship with Roger back in the early 1970s. “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, according to LA Times. “It’s perfect for me. I couldn’t exist without a strong man.”
Ann-Margret and Roger in 1975.
Roger felt Ann-Margret was such a strong woman herself. In an interview with New York Magazine in 1976, he revealed a career dream he always had for him and his wife, that they unfortunately never fulfilled. “I have this great dream that when Ann-Margret gets out of movies, she and I will co-star in a Broadway play,” he confessed at the time. “But right now I still think it’s impossible to be married to a successful actress and have your own career and have the marriage work.”
Even though Ann-Margret is doing her best to move on today without her partner, “she will be lost without her husband.” Rest in peace, Roger.
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