Anna Anka

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Anna Anka
Portrait photograph of Anna Anka from left side wearing a dress and her blonde hair up in a bun
Native name Anna Åberg
Born Danuta Anna Kołodziejska
1971 (age 46–47)
Poland
Other names Anna Yeager
Occupation
  • Model
  • actress
  • author
Known for
Home town Bjuv, Sweden
Television
Spouse(s)
  • Louis Yeager (divorced)
  • Paul Anka
    (m. 2008; div. 2010)
Children 2
Website annaanka.com

Anna Anka (born 1971), also known as Anna Åberg, is a Swedish-American model, actress, and author. She was married to Canadian singer Paul Anka. Anka is featured in the Swedish reality show Svenska Hollywoodfruar (Swedish Hollywood Wives).[1]

Career[edit]

Anka made a brief appearance in the American film Dumb and Dumber, credited as Anna Åberg. She had two lines, both in Swedish: Hej allihopa (Hi everyone) and Hej då (Bye).[2] She has also played minor roles in the films The Specialist and Drop Zone.[3]

Anka has released a workout/training book called The 30-minute pregnancy workout book: The Complete Light Weight Program for Fitness. [2]

Svenska Hollywoodfruar[edit]

In 2009, Anka became known to a wider public in the reality show Svenska Hollywoodfruar where she was one of three Swedish women who lived in Hollywood. The program, which was shown on Swedish TV3, had the highest ratings ever[4] and set a new viewer-record for a program made by TV3.[5]

Newsmill article[edit]

On 16 September 2009, Anka was interviewed on Swedish news site, Newsmill,[6] in an article called "Jag vill bli en förebild för svenska kvinnor" ("I want to be a role model for Swedish women").[7] The article described Swedish fathers as "tragic with their diaper changes and their equality" and Swedish women in general as shabby, petty, unintelligent and having lost touch with their natural femininity. A resounding appeal was made for the choice of a housewife lifestyle like Anka's own, and she affirmed her wish to become the role model that Sweden needed. It was later revealed and acknowledged by the publishers[8] that the piece had been ghost-written by site editors after a phone talk with Anka in order to increase attention. The article received more than 100,000 hits, a first for Newsmill,[6] and several responses, including from Nalin Pekgul.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Originally named Danuta Anna Kołodziejska, Anna Anka was born in what was then the Polish People's Republic.[10] Her mother died during childbirth.[11] At the age of three, Anka was adopted by a Swedish couple named Åberg living in Bjuv, Sweden.[12] She moved to the United States in 1994 to work as a model[12] after placing eighth in the international Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant.[13] Her participation in the Miss Hawaiian Tropic pageant barred her from participating in the Miss Sweden pageant that year.[13] Previous reports stated that Anka participated in Miss Sweden in 1994 but Veckorevyn—which was the owner and operator of the Miss Sweden beauty pageant at the time—found no evidence of her participating in either the 1993 or 1994 pageants, though she did participate in Miss Scania's 1993 pageant.[13]

Six years later, in 1999, she was hired as the personal trainer of musician Paul Anka.[12] They got married in 2008, at which point she became a full-time housewife with her two children,[12] a son she had with Paul Anka in 2005 and an older daughter from her first marriage with Louis Yeager.[14] In December 2009, Paul Anka filed for divorce after Anna Anka called the police during an argument with him over her decision to fire one of their housekeepers.[15] According to Anna, Paul had pointed a gun at her[15][16] the day before and threatened her and her nanny;[16] Paul denied the allegation and filed a defamation lawsuit in February 2010 against her in response,[16] both for it and other allegations.[17] Subsequent review of their mansion's surveillance footage provided no evidence of any such event.[15] Regardless, Anna obtained a restraining order against him a day after he filed suit.[16] Among other allegations, Paul also alleged in his suit that previously—during an argument in November 2009—police arrested Anna for felony domestic battery after wounding him, but Paul insisted at the time that the charges be dropped.[17] The suit was dismissed with prejudice five months later, in July 2010, thereby barring relitigation.[18] Later that year, two years after marrying, Paul and Anna Anka divorced.[19] By August 2014, Anna Anka said she was on good terms with Paul, though not with her first husband.[14]

In June 2017, Anka lost custody of her son[20] after a ruling which assigned custody to Paul Anka without any mandate for guaranteed visitation or family therapy.[21] In August 2017, Anna Anka appealed the decision,[21][22] which Paul Anka criticized.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hanna Dunér (22 September 2009). "Anna Anka ett lyft för TV3 – Business" (in Swedish). E24.se. Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Foto: Samuel Ahlin. "Anna från Bjuv blev fru Anka – KVP.se – Senaste nytt | Expressen – Nyheter Sport Ekonomi Nöje". KVP.se. Archived from the original on 26 October 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  3. ^ "Så blev hon Anna Anka". 
  4. ^ "Anna Anka sprängde miljonvallen – Dagens Media" (in Swedish). Dagensmedia.se. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tv- och populärkultursbloggen | SvD". Blogg.svd.se. Archived from the original on 27 July 2011. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  6. ^ a b ""Newsmills redaktörer skrev Anna Anka-artikeln" – Dagens Media" (in Swedish). Dagensmedia.se. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  7. ^ "Jag vill bli en förebild för svenska kvinnor – Artikel av Anna Anka – Newsmill". Newsmill.se. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  8. ^ Henrik Ståhl (21 September 2009). "Anna Anka skrev inte debattinlägget på Newsmill | SvD" (in Swedish). Svd.se. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  9. ^ "Anna Anka hyllar islamistiska ideal – Artikel av Nalin Pekgul – Newsmill". Newsmill.se. Archived from the original on 22 September 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  10. ^ Sanna Torén Björling. "Anna Anka tacksam över all publicitet" (in Swedish). DN.se. Archived from the original on 29 September 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009. 
  11. ^ "Anna Ankas mor døde under fødselen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 20 August 2018. 
  12. ^ a b c d Abrahamsson, Kerstin (14 September 2009). "'Att vara hemmafru är ett heltidsjobb'" ['Being a housewife is a full-time job']. Nöje (TV) [Entertainment (TV)]. Expressen (in Swedish). Bonnier Group. ISSN 1103-923X. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2018. Anna Åberg från Bjuv i Skåne flyttade till USA för femton år sedan för att jobba som modell. Sex år senare anställdes hon som sångaren Paul Ankas personliga tränare. [Anne Åberg from Bjuv in Scania moved to the USA fifteen years ago to work as a model. Six years later, she was employed as the singer Paul Anka's personal trainer.] 
  13. ^ a b c Karlsson, Carin; Hallberg, Therese (28 September 2009). "Anna Ankas (skönhets)miss?" [Anna Ankas miss (beauty)?]. Kändis [Celebrity]. Veckorevyn (in Swedish). Bonnier Tidskrifter. Archived from the original on 22 August 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2018. En rad svenska tidningar, däribland Aftonbladet och Expressen, har rapporterat att Anna, då Åberg, flyttade till USA efter att hon kommit på andra plats i Fröken Sverige-tävlingen 1994. [...] 'Jag fick åka till USA med Miss Hawaiian Tropic, tävla mot 83 tjejer från hela världen och jag kom på åttonde plats.' [...] Enligt fotograf Mikael Nordström på Npp Photo, var Anna Anka, då Åberg med i Fröken Sveriges delfinal Fröken Skåne hösten 1993. Delfinalen var en kvaltävling till den stora Fröken Sverige tävlingen 1994. Anna kvalade dock inte in, hon kom enligt Mikael, varken etta, tvåa eller trea. [A series of Swedish newspapers, including Aftonbladet and Expressen, have reported that Anna, then Åberg, moved to the USA after joining the Miss Sweden 1994 contest. [...] 'I got to go to the USA with Miss Hawaiian Tropic, compete against 83 girls from all over the world and I came in eighth place.' [...] According to photographer Mikael Nordström at Npp Photo, Anna Anka, then Åberg was in Miss Sweden's part-finals Miss Scania in the fall of 1993. The part-finals was a qualifying contest for the big Miss Sweden competition in 1994. Anna did not qualify, she came according to Michael, neither first, second nor third.] 
  14. ^ a b Berggren, Olle (13 August 2014). "Anna Anka: 'Offrade min familj för showen'" [Anna Anka: 'Sacrificed my family for the show']. Nöje [Entertainment]. Expressen (in Swedish). Bonnier Group. ISSN 1103-923X. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  15. ^ a b c Landes, David (7 December 2009). "Anna Anka faces split with Hollywood husband after latest row". The Local. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Paul Anka: I never pulled gun on wife". Page Six. New York Post. Jesse Angelo. 10 February 2010. ISSN 1090-3321. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  17. ^ a b Brown, Karina (5 February 2010). "Paul Anka Says His Wife Lied to Swedish Press". Ventura, California: Courthouse News Service. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  18. ^ Morris, Aaron (5 July 2011). "A Case Study in Why Litigation Can Be So Expensive". Internet Defamation Blog. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  19. ^ Kline, Jennifer (4 October 2017). "Paul Anka through the years: See the '60s heartthrob then and now". Entertainment (Music). AOL. Oath Inc. Archived from the original on 14 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. He would go on to briefly marry Swedish model Anna Aberg [sic], with whom he has a son, before they split in 2010, and then he wed Lisa Pemerton in 2016. 
  20. ^ Johnson, Richard (2 July 2017). Smith, Emily, ed. "Paul Anka wins custody of his 11-year-old son". Page Six. New York Post. Jesse Angelo. ISSN 1090-3321. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  21. ^ a b Dillon, Nancy (31 August 2017). "Paul Anka beauty queen ex-wife appealing child custody decision barring her from son". Entertainment. New York Daily News. Tronc. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 
  22. ^ a b Wheeler, Brad (1 September 2017) [Updated; originally published 31 August 2017]. "Paul Anka criticizes ex-wife over appeal of child-custody ruling". Arts (Music). The Globe and Mail. Phillip Crawley. ISSN 0319-0714. Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 13 August 2018. 

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