Gunilla Persson

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Gunilla Persson
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Gunilla Persson
Born (1958-12-31) 31 December 1958 (age 59)
Norrköping, Sweden
Known for Svenska Hollywoodfruar, Realitystjärnorna på godset

Sonja Gunilla Persson (born 31 December 1958) is a Swedish fashion model and television personality.[1][2]


Persson started her career at Sveriges Radio where she worked as a presenter of a one-hour celebrity entertainment show conducting interviews with celebrities.[3][4]


Persson participated in the modelling competition The Face of the 80's after her boyfriend submitted pictures of her without her knowledge. Eileen Ford, one of the judges of the competition contacted her and signed her to her agency in New York City in 1983, even though Persson did not win the competition.[5][6] She was also signed at and worked for Elite Model Management. She has appeared on the cover of a number of magazines including notably for German edition of Bazaar magazine.[7] She has also modelled lingerie for La Perla.[7]

In the late 1970s, Persson moved from Sweden to Dallas, US, later moving to New York City where she lived for many years.[3] She moved to California to participate in Svenska Hollywoodfruar, and in early 2015 Persson was forced to leave her Manhattan, New York apartment by her landlord.[8]


Persson appeared in a small role in the 1980s soap opera Dallas while living in Dallas.[3][5]

Persson made her television debut in 2010 in the reality series Svenska New York-fruar (Swedish New York-wives). The series lasted one season and was broadcast on TV3.[9] She has also participated in eight seasons of Svenska Hollywoodfruar (Swedish Hollywood-wives) as of 2017 also at TV3.[10] Persson participated in the celebrity reality series Realitystjärnorna på godset (Reality Stars at the Manor) in 2014.[11] In 2015 Gunilla Persson got her first own show called Gunilla tycker till (Gunilla states her opinion) where her fans got to vote on different jobs she had to try out.[12] And Gunilla got one News show in 2017 called "the Gunilla show" on viafree. In February 2013 Persson was a guest on the Schulman Show which is aired on Aftonbladets website and it is presented by Alex Schulman.[13] Persson has recorded a music video along with rapper Dogge Doggelito in 2015.[14] In October 2015 Gunilla Persson was a guest on the Norwegian talk show God kveld Norge!.[15]

On 13 April, 2017, Perssons home in Pacific Palisades that has appeared in Svenska Hollywoodfruar was badly affected in a fire.[16][17] Perssons 91-year-old mother was injured during the incident.[16][18]

Private life[edit]

On 22 May, 2018, Persson was arrested by Palm Beach police on a felony grand-theft charge for stealin sunglasses.[19] She was released the following morning after posting a $5,000 bond.[20]


  1. ^ Gunilla Person - Story Retrieved 7 February 2016 Archived December 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Gunilla: Hela världen firar min födelsedag". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 2 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "Hollywoodfrun Gunilla Persson: Min dotter räddade mig från ensamheten" (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Gunilla Perssons största misstag – att förhållandet med Lasse Hallström tog slut". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Svenska Hollywoodfrun lanserar hälsojuice i USA". (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gunilla Persson i exklusiv intervju: "Britt var ju anställd för att provocera mig!"" (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  7. ^ a b "Gunilla Persson om sina 4 stilhemligheter". Allt om mode (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Gunilla Persson i vräkningsbråk". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Gunilla Persson i "Svenska New York—fruar": Jag valde bort Lasse Hallström – Klick! – Nöjesbladet – Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Gunilla Persson" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 22 October 2015. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Gunilla om stormen kring slottssåpan". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "Gunilla Persson om tårarna i "Gunilla tycker till" – Nöje". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  13. ^ "Schulman Show". Aftonbladet TV. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Gunilla Perssons musikvideo – rappar med Dogge Doggelito" (in Swedish). Archived from the original on 7 February 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Gunilla Perssons öppna brev till svenska folket". Expressen (in Swedish). Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "Two Critically Injured in Fire at Pacific Palisades Houses". NBC. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  17. ^ about, John Gregory, bio, (13 April 2017). "Pacific Palisades fire burns 2 homes, including home of Swedish TV star". ABC7. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "Fire burns 2 LA houses, including home of Swedish TV star". NY Daily News. Archived from the original on 14 April 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2017. 
  19. ^ Webteam, WPTV (24 May 2018). "European reality TV star stole sunglasses from Worth Avenue shop, Palm Beach police say". Retrieved 24 May 2018. 
  20. ^ "Swedish reality star reported arrested in Palm Beach". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 23 May 2018. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Gunilla Persson at Wikimedia Commons