They settled in Wilmette, Illinois. She became a naturalized citizen of the United States in Ann-Margret took her first dance lessons at the Marjorie Young School of Dance, showing natural ability from the start, easily mimicking all the steps. Her parents were supportive, and her mother handmade all of her costumes. To support the family, Ann-Margret's mother became a funeral parlor receptionist  after her husband suffered a severe injury on his job. In , she enrolled at Northwestern University , where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta , but did not graduate.