Christina Lindberg in 2012
6 December 1950 |
Britt Christina Marinette Lindberg (born 6 December 1950, in Gothenburg, Sweden) is a Swedish journalist known internationally for her work as an actress and glamour model in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
During her high school years (she was around 18 years old) she started posing nude for men's magazines, such as FIB aktuellt and Lektyr, after having garnered some attention posing in bathing suits for newspapers. She later appeared in men's magazines such as Penthouse (UK), Playboy (U.S.), Lui (France) and Mayfair (UK). She was a Penthouse Pet in the June 1970 issue of Penthouse.
Lindberg has appeared or starred in 23 feature films, most of which are erotica, exploitation or softcore pictures. Her first movie was an American production (Maid in Sweden), filmed in Sweden with a Swedish cast. She got her second role in Jan Halldoff's comedy Rötmånad which was released in 1970. The film was seen by over 250,000 Swedes and went on to become a commercial success. Her third film, Exponerad, was released with a lot of hype at the Cannes festival in 1971 and turned her into an international celebrity.
A long string of exploitation films followed, many of which were filmed in Germany and Japan. As part of the marketing campaign for Exponerad she also went on a publicity trip to Japan, which later resulted in an invitation to appear in Japanese exploitation films. In Japan she played a major supporting role in Norifumi Suzuki's Pink film classic Sex & Fury. In 1972 she starred as Madeleine in Bo A. Vibenius's controversial film Thriller – en grym film. Director Quentin Tarantino expressed his admiration for both the film and Lindberg's performance, and Madeleine later served as an inspiration for Uma Thurman's character in Tarantino's Kill Bill films. In Kill Bill he also borrowed elements from Sex & Fury. In the action-comedy spoof Sex, lögner & videovåld Lindberg made a brief cameo as Madeleine.
Lindberg did not like that nude pictures were getting more and more explicit and during the filming of Gerard Damiano's Flossie (AKA Natalie—not to be confused with a 1974 film of the same name, which was directed by Mac Ahlberg and starred Marie Forså) in West Germany—she left the set and returned home to Sweden. Damiano (who also directed the infamous Deep Throat) persuaded Lindberg to leave because he knew that it was going to be a hardcore film. For several years the German producer tried to bring her back in an attempt to complete the film. According to Videooze (No. 8, 1996), about 1,000 meters of film had been shot by Damiano. Production stopped and never resumed.
Post film career
In her introduction to Daniel Ekeroth's book Swedish Sensationsfilms: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema, Christina Lindberg explains that after leaving exploitation films behind, she has been busy with numerous other projects. In 1972 she met future fiancé Bo Sehlberg and later started to work for his aviation magazine Flygrevyn. When Sehlberg died in 2004, Lindberg took over ownership and the position as editor-in-chief of the magazine—which is the largest aviation magazine in Scandinavia. She has also produced an instructional video on how to pick and prepare mushrooms, Christinas Svampskola, and is very passionate about preserving the Swedish wolf. She made an attempt to enter the theater school Scenskolan in 1975 after having taken private lessons from Öllegård Wellton, but failed after having passed two out of three tests. She continued posing and writing for men's magazines while studying journalism at Poppius, and she eventually established herself as a journalist. In 2007 she announced that she would start an acting school.
Note: The films have been listed in order of production, based on Lindberg's diary.
|1970||Rötmånad (What Are You Doing After the Orgy?)||Anna Bella Gustafsson||Major supporting role|
|1971||Yusra||It's unclear whether Lindberg actually appears in this film (her scenes may have been cut)|
|1971||Maid in Sweden (Jena)||Inga||Starring role (credited as Kristina Lindberg)|
|1971||Smoke(film)||Annie||Minor supporting role. Annie was based on the US comic strip character Little Orphan Annie.|
|1971||Exponerad (Exposed)||Lena Svensson||Starring role (credited as Cristina Lindberg)|
|1972||Every Afternoon (Swedish Wildcats)||Helga||Brief appearances|
|1972||Young Playthings||Gunilla||Starring role|
|1972||Mädchen, die nach München kommen (Sex At The Olympics)||Anja||Minor supporting role|
|1972||Schulmädchen-Report 4. Teil – Was Eltern oft verzweifeln lässt (Campus Swingers)||Barbara Heinbach||Minor supporting role. The American version is 20 mins. shorter, and many of Lindberg's scenes have been cut|
|1973||Liebe in drei Dimensionen (Love in 3-D)||Inge||Minor supporting role|
|1973||Was Schulmädchen verschweigen (What Schoolgirls Don't Tell)||Minor supporting role|
|1973||Jorden runt med Fanny Hill (Around The World With Fanny Hill)||Meatball Model||Brief appearances|
|1973||Furyô anego den: Inoshika Ochô (Sex & Fury)||Christina||Major supporting role|
|1973||Poruno no joô: Nippon sex ryokô (Journey to Japan)||Ingrid Jacobsen||Major supporting role|
|1973||Wide Open (Sängkamrater)||Eva||Minor supporting role|
|1973||Anita – ur en tonårsflickas dagbok (Anita: Swedish Nymphet)||Anita||Starring role. There are several versions of the film, including a US version with hardcore inserts which were shot later (Lindberg didn't participate in these scenes). The hardcore version has not been released on DVD.|
|1974||Thriller – en grym film (They Call Her One Eye)||Frigga/Madeleine/One Eye||Starring role|
|1977||91:an och Generalernas Fnatt||Bloodsample Nurse||Brief appearances|
|1979||There Is a Sunrise Every Morning||Cavegirl||Eco-drama/documentary|
|1980||Attentatet (Outrage)||Brief appearances|
|1980||Sverige åt svenskarna (Battle of Sweden)||French Mistress||Brief appearances|
|1982||Gräsänklingar||Stripper (Uncredited)||Brief appearances|
|1993||Christinas Svampskola||(Herself)||20 min. instructional video about mushrooms|
|2000||Sex, lögner & videovåld (Sex, Lies & Videoviolence)||Frigga/Madeleine/One Eye (Cameo)||A non-commercial video parody of a variety of well known movies. Made by Swedish film fans working themselves in movie and entertainment business, shot in 1990-1993|
- Videooze, Number 8, 1996 (Cult-film magazine)
- Looking for Mushrooms with Christina Lindberg www.dvdtimes.co.uk
- Penthouse Pets Penthousepets.net
- Swedish Film Database Svenskfilmdatabas.se
- Interviews with Lindberg and director on Swedish DVD-release of Exposed
- Tarantino interview by Tomohiro Machiyama in Movie Treasures Magazine
- IMDB Movie Connections IMDb.com
- Daniel Ekeroth: SWEDISH SENSATIONSFILMS: A Clandestine History of Sex, Thrillers, and Kicker Cinema, (Bazillion Points, 2011) ISBN 978-0-9796163-6-5.
- Interviews with Lindberg on Swedish DVD-release of Wide Open
- Christina Lindberg vill förverkliga artistdrömmar. Helsingborg Dagblad, 17 December 2007 http://hd.se/noje/2007/12/17/nya-ljuva-aar-med-christina/
- Interview with Lindberg at Rockland (May 2007)
- Christina Lindberg at the Internet Movie Database
- Cristina Lindberg Interview at DBCult Film Institute
- Biography at the Swedish Film Institute (Note: In Swedish only)
- Biography (revised version) on (re)Search my Trash
- Interview on dvdtimes.co.uk (March 2006)
- (French) Biography Psychovision.net