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Born in Landskrona, Skåne län, Sweden

Mini Bio (1)

Siw Malmkvist was born on December 31, 1936 in Landskrona, Skåne län, Sweden. She is an actress, known for Pelle Svanslös och den stora skattjakten (2000), Forelsket i København (1960) and Verrückt und zugenäht (1962). She has been married to Fredrik Ohlsson since 1971. They have one child. She was previously married to Lasse Mårtenson.

Spouse (2)

Fredrik Ohlsson (1971 - present) ( 1 child)
Lasse Mårtenson (15 May 1963 - ?) ( divorced) ( 1 child)

Trivia (25)

Has been on tour (Gitte Wencke Siw) with Danish Gitte Hænning and Norwegian Wenche Myhre since 2004.
Her biggest hit "Liebeskummer lohnt sich nicht" (It isn`t worth to be lovesick) ranked #1 in Germany`s single charts (1964).
Has a daughter, Tove Christel, from her first and a son, Henrik, from her second marriage.
Malmkvist was the second of three female Scandinavian schlager artists to represent Germany in the Contest in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the first being Norwegian Wenche Myhre in 1968 with "Ein Hoch der Liebe" and the third Danish Gitte Hænning with "Junger Tag in 1973.
Malmkvist represented her native Sweden in the 1960 European Song Contest with "Alla andra får varann".
In the early 60's love came into Siw's life. It was the Finnish composer and pianist Lasse Mårtensson. They got married in 1963 but their marriage only lasted a couple of years and since 1971, she has lived together with the Swedish actor Fredrik Ohlsson.
Siw Malmkvist is one of Sweden's top artists, with a career that began in 1955 and continues to this day. Starting out as a singer, she developed into a stage performer and actress and is something of a living legend (2016) in Sweden.
She is a versatile artist, having performed in stage plays, musicals and in films alongside her career in pop/schlager music.
In 1980 she appeared in the musical version of Some Like It Hot (as Sugar) and she played the part of Luisa in the original Swedish - and European - production of Maury Yeston's musical Nine in 1983.
By 1967 she had begun to run out of steam and stopped singing full-time. She even took a day job as an office secretary, but was lured back into the music business in 1968 by Harlekin, with which she won the Deutsche Schlager-Wettbewerb (wearing the most hideous, gaudy outfit ever seen on color television at that time) for a second time.
As little children, Siw and her sister Lill would often sing together, just because it was fun to sing. When she got a little older she started to sing with different local orchestras in her hometown of Landskrona, Sweden.
In 2008/2009, she played the part of Fräulein Schneider in the musical Cabaret at Stockholms Stadsteater, directed by Colin Nutley.
She was promoted into the first division of Schlager stars after winning the 1964 Deutsche Schlager-Festspiele contest, with Liebeskummer lohnt sich nicht, which spent ten weeks at number one and sold over a million copies.
Having had some 40 hits on Swedish radio chart Svensktoppen and 20 on the German singles chart, she has altogether recorded about 600 songs (and has made recordings in ten different languages: Swedish, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Dutch, German, English, French, Italian and Spanish) throughout the past five decades, which makes her one of the most productive and successful Swedish female singers.
Siw's big breakthrough was in Lennart Hylands TV show "Stora famnen" where she was a hostess. Lennart Hyland discovered her one night when she sang at Hamburger Börs, and he then asked her to work together with him.
Born in 1936 and growing up as one of nine siblings in financially poor circumstances, she stumbled into a career as a professional singer when she won a talent contest at the age of 18.
On 18 July 1964 she became the first Swede to have a hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, when "Sole Sole Sole", a duet with Italian singer Umberto Marcato, entered the chart, peaking at #58.
She played Pippi Longstocking in the popular children musical production of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking in 1980.
Veckorevyn is a magazine for young Swedish women. They had a music competition called "Flugan" that Siw decided to enter in Landskrona. As she won both in Landskrona and then the regional semi final, she was through to the big finale in Stockholm. It was a nervous Siw that got on stage that night but she had no reason to be as she won this time as well. The first prize was a watch and a recording of an album with the record company Metronome. The result was Siw's first album 'Tweedle dee'.
Together with actor Thorsten Flinck, she recorded a popular Swedish cover of Nick Cave/Kylie Minogue's 1995 hit "Where the Wild Roses Grow".
Malmkvist has been a contestant in the Swedish Melodifestivalen several times. In 2004 together with Towa Carson and Ann-Louise Hanson, singing the song "C'est la vie", which finished 10th.
She represented Sweden at the international Eurovision Song Contest 1960 in London with "Alla andra får varann", a song originally performed by Östen Warnerbring and Inger Berggren respectively in the Swedish pre-selections. In turn, the following year Malmkvist, who famously forgot the lyrics to the song during her performance, and Gunnar Wiklund both won Melodifestivalen with the song "April, april", but then Sveriges Radio selected Barbro "Lill-Babs" Svensson as the Swedish representative at the international Contest, held in Cannes.
Besides albums that were released in her own name, she also recorded a number of albums under the name "Die Jolly Sistsers". Siw has still no clue why the record company released these albums under a different name.
In 1969 Malmkvist returned to Eurovision, performing the West German entry "Primaballerina" at Madrid, incidentally finishing shared 9th with the Swedish entry "Judy, min vän", sung by Tommy Körberg.
In 2002 she appeared as the Mother in Hasse Alfredson's stage play Lille Ronny at Maximteatern.

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