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Introducing... Anna Anka

Malin Nyberg · 2 Feb 2010, 15:10

Published: 02 Feb 2010 15:10 GMT+01:00

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Who is she and why is she famous?

The outspoken 38-year-old was born in a small village in the south of Sweden. In 1994 she won Miss Hawaiian Tropic and moved to the US full time, where she worked as a fitness instructor and actress, including a brief cameo in Dumb and Dumber. In 2008 she married Canadian singer Paul Anka, warbler of hit songs like Diana and Put Your Head on My Shoulder.

But isn’t he, um… old?

Hey, age ain’t nothing but a number. But yes, he is 30 years older than her.

And rich I take it… So, is she just famous for being his wife?

First of all, she may not be his wife for much longer by all accounts. Secondly, she never had much of a career as an actress. Only recently has she shot to infamy.

OK, do continue.

In the autumn of 2009, TV3 started showing Swedish Hollywood Wives (Svenska Hollywoodfruar), a reality show about three Swedish women living a life of luxury in LA. Anna Anka was one of them and created massive headlines after saying some stuff considered shocking back in Sweden.

Such as?

Well, there are some quotes that kick-started her career within Swedish TV…

How about: "As a housewife you should support your man in every way, you should always be attractive and well-dressed." And the classic: "If your husband wants a blow job every morning, that’s what you should give him. Sexually it is the woman's responsibility to ensure that the man is satisfied, if she does not then she only has herself to blame if he is unfaithful.”

Goodness, she's quite old-fashioned isn't she?

She certainly is, and she has nothing but disdain for family life Swedish-style. She believes it’s the man’s responsibility to bring money to the family while the wife has, well, other responsibilities.

Oh dear, that can't have won her many admirers in Sweden?

No, but TV3 couldn’t be happier. Rating for the Hollywood Wives show went up quicker than she went down.

So does anybody agree with her views?

Absolutely, just check the fan groups on Facebook.

No thanks. You mentioned trouble in Paul Anka paradise?

Yes, he filed for divorce not so long ago. According to Anna, he wasn't able to handle her Swedish TV success.

Hang on a second, it seems she has made a career out of being against women working?

Story continues below…

Yeah, it’s a bit of a contradiction.

Indeed. So is she OK financially now without a hubby to bring home the bacon?

Oh, she's happy as a pig in the proverbial. If you'll permit me to mix meats for a moment, TV3 seems to have a lot of faith in its outspoken cash cow. In Anna’s own words: “The Swedish people would kill themselves if they knew how much I’m getting.”

Or maybe they wouldn't.

No, probably not.

Malin Nyberg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

21:35 February 2, 2010 by Monark540
Hmm, I thought that she was born in Poland and adopted by a Swedish family as a young child . . .
21:45 February 2, 2010 by christy75x
38????? Yeah right!
22:22 February 2, 2010 by Alannah
She looks closer to 50.
23:01 February 2, 2010 by Greg in Canada
"I thought that she was born in Poland and adopted by a Swedish family "

Yeah, that proves that she's not a "real Swede" after all.:-)
00:54 February 3, 2010 by Amber the Aussie
Pfft! My mum is 44 and looks at least 10 years younger than this chick!
02:52 February 3, 2010 by GLO
E....very mans DREAM WOMAN until you wake up
04:18 February 3, 2010 by NYCFreddie
She must be really smart to have won that Hawaiian Tropics contest...
07:10 February 3, 2010 by Tutu
She was raised and bred Sweden. She does not have any Polish traits anymore. Her accent and everything is Swedish. Please dont deny her Swedish identity now.
12:54 February 3, 2010 by Lukestar1991
This women is not Swedish. She doesnt represent Sweden in any truthfull or meaningful way.
03:27 February 4, 2010 by Greg in Canada
"This women is not Swedish. She doesnt represent Sweden in any truthfull or meaningful way. "

Yeah, if anybody ever says anything against the "Swedish model" then they can't possibly be a real Swede.

I don't agree with anything she says, and its also just as embarrassing that Anka is a Canuk, but its so typically Swedish to find a way to discredit her by calling her Polish instead of Swedish despite the fact she was raised in Sweden since as a small child.
13:59 February 4, 2010 by djmarko
Seems you are considerd Swedish until you commit a crime or just simply be an outcast, then people start looking if they have any foreign background, why is this? dont Swedes commit crimes???
14:00 February 4, 2010 by calebian22
The Swedish Paris Hilton. No talent, just a big mouth that will say anthing to get attention.
16:28 February 4, 2010 by scandinavian leather
@ Greg in Canada

"Yeah, if anybody ever says anything against the "Swedish model" then they can't possibly be a real Swede.

I don't agree with anything she says, and its also just as embarrassing that Anka is a Canuk, but its so typically Swedish to find a way to discredit her by calling her Polish instead of Swedish despite the fact she was raised in Sweden since as a small child"

Kinda like Canada after the Ben Johnson doping scandal in the 1988 Olympics?

When he beat Carl Lewis in the 100 meter final he was Canadian and oh so "benfastic".

Once he was busted for steroids he was a " disgraced Jamaican immigrant" to Canada.

Glass houses and all:-)
17:34 February 4, 2010 by Greg in Canada
Actually after the bust, Johnson was usually called "that Jamaican". Before that he was held up by the press as some kind of Canadian athletic hero. the reality is he spoke with a very thick Jamaican accent and was culturally more Jamaican than Canadian regardless of the Olympics. Canada had an annoying trend of fast tracking some foreign Olympic athletes through the immigration process if they seem like potential winners. Anna looks and talks like a Swede and was brought up by adoptive Swedish parents from a very young age, so its not really a good comparison.
19:31 February 4, 2010 by Ron Pavellas
I see the ads for the "Wives" show in the Metro, and I wonder if being emaciated is stylish again. Remember "Twiggy"? It makes me uncomfortable to look at this image. Perhaps it's just a bad picture. I've now run out of energy for this issue...
19:55 February 4, 2010 by ChomskyReader
She is not 38, she may have bought the body of a 38 year old with all the money she has, however she is much closer to 48 if you ask me.
20:04 February 4, 2010 by scandinavian leather
@Greg in Canada

"Canada had an annoying trend of fast tracking some foreign Olympic athletes through the immigration process if they seem like potential winners"

Johnson immigrated to Canada in 1976 at age 14. How exactly is that "fast tracking" the immigration process? Have you seen how quickly one can become a Swede?

And just how can one be "culturally more Jamaican than Canadian"? What exactly is Canada's culture? Is it the Acadians in New Brunswick, the French in Quebec, the English/Irish/Scots and Welsh, the Ukrainians and Scandinavians of Manitoba, the Chinese of British Columbia, or the aboriginal peoples? Or is it a mix of the whole lot?

Oh wait, your last line is very telling. Never mind.
22:04 February 4, 2010 by Greg in Canada
My mistake. You're right about Johnson. I thought he immigrated here later in life but he did immigrate with his mother as a teenager. Canada has fast tracked several other athletes through the system however. We don't hear much about him these days. He had a lot of financial problems and later tried a clothing line business that never took off. His defense lawyers tried to paint him as a dummy who didn't realize that his coach Charlie Francis was feeding him steroids which was a line many people bought. Ben was an early school leaver and obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but its hard for many others to believe that he didn't realize Francis was giving him performance enhancing drugs.

But this has nothing to do with Anna.
09:46 February 5, 2010 by scandinavian leather
@Greg in Canada

"But this has nothing to do with Anna. "

You're right. What it does have to do with is your comment that this denial of her citizenship is "typically Swedish". Let's take one of your comments about Anna and a couple of changes and we get this:

"its so typically Canadian to find a way to discredit him by calling him Jamaican instead of Canadian despite the fact he was raised in Canada since as a small child"
12:53 February 5, 2010 by Swenglishman
Is it really considered old fashoioned to give your husband a blow job every morning? It certainly makes me look at my gran in a new light.
02:42 February 6, 2010 by Greg in Canada

Stop being such a dipstick and give it a break.
03:33 February 6, 2010 by scandinavian leather
om du vill, GinC

Canada and Sweden aren't so far apart, are they?
08:01 February 6, 2010 by Soft Boiled
I wouldnt give her the carbon dioxide of publicity :)
16:40 February 6, 2010 by RaycerX
She should be cast in horror movies. That "smile" of hers is pure evil.....
22:34 February 6, 2010 by pallomamy
hahahaah! thats very funny...... RaycerX
07:17 February 7, 2010 by Aussie_Downunder
yuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuk! far out she's gross.
16:43 February 7, 2010 by moaca
how did this conversation end up with Canada versus Sweden? If she has Swedish nationality then she is Swedish. She has right to her own opinion whether we all like it or not, that is what we call democracy. To be allowed to speak your mind. Doesnt mean people have to agree with what she says? And I dont think she is a representative of Sweden, she only attended a show for pete sake. I mean, who really cares what she says or thinks? These shows only have one sole aim and that is to get the highest possible ratings. Not exactly the stuff of the intellectuals, more just a slight amusement episode. The more shocking the better. Anna knows this and she cleverly plays in to this. She is bedding her own financial bed, by using mr. Anka and by using the television. She will make money out of this and then her future is secured. Who said blondes are dumb?
20:40 February 8, 2010 by rybo1
In the Boston accent, "Is Paul home?, No, Anka's away." An old joke I heard on the radio when I was a kid. And, it seems this woman is an old joke too.
20:29 February 9, 2010 by IM3
Scandinavian Leather:

You are so annoying. Why do you keep comparing Canada to Sweden? What Greg from Canada said is still true, even if Canada did the same thing.
12:49 February 10, 2010 by V8farty
Apparently Paul Anka got so tired of her 'outspokeness' he always made sure she had her mouth full before leaving for work.
00:04 February 11, 2010 by eton75
RSS Paul Anka, who wrote the lyrics to "My Way," says his way with his estranged wife, Anna, does not include gunplay.

Anna, a former model/personal trainer who was married to Anka for more than a year, obtained a temporary restraining order last week, claiming she fears for her life. She alleged that Anka, 68, who split in December, had pulled a gun on her and threatened her and her nanny, Emma Singhoffer. The couple have a son, Ethan, 4.

The Swedish stunner, three decades Anka's junior, also claimed the singer/songwriter showed up at their home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., three days in a row.

Paul Anka and Fiancee Anna Aberg"I'm scared for my life," she told Page Six.

But Anka, 68, who wrote "She's a Lady" and "Lonely Boy," says Anna is lying. "She needs medical help," he told us.

Anka says he never pulled a gun on Anna. According to a defamation suit he filed against her the day before Anna got the restraining order, the two had an argument Dec. 3 when Anna tried to fire their housekeeper, Cecilia Orozco. During the argument, Anna called 911 and alleged Anka had pulled a gun on her the day before.

Orozco backs up the entertainer's ac- count, telling Page Six that Anka didn't have a gun. And Anka says the 24-hour delay in calling the cops makes no sense.

"Why not call 911 when the guy has a gun to your head? I would assume that anyone without a lobotomy would have called 911 when the incident happened, not the day after," Anka said.

He said he went to the house last week to pick up personal belongings, including his gold records, artwork and two lamps.

Last October, Anna was thrown out of an Upper East Side Equinox gym after conducting a personal training session with a friend allegedly in violation of gym rules. The gym said she repeatedly used profanities against the gym staff. Anna denies both claims.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/anka_shoots_down_gun_claim_bz3VqJjJz2r21CsLj35dOP#ixzz0fB1W8C76
08:02 February 11, 2010 by Soft Boiled
Stop giving her the peroxide of publicity ;)
03:50 February 12, 2010 by canam
This nobody became somebody in Sweden because she married a brilliant songwriter from Canada for a year. I've had undigested burritos with more talent last longer. Why is she still news?
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