During World War II, a German officer had an affair with young Norwegian Synni Lyngstad. Once the war ended, he returned to his home country, unaware of the fact that Synni was pregnant with his child. Anni-Frid Lyngstad (or Frida, as she later became known) was born on November 15th, 1945 in the small town of Narvik in Norway. To escape post-war retributions dished out to “collaborators” and their children her mother took her to Sweden, Torshälla. When she was only two, Anni-Frid’s mother died. Her grandmother (who had always encouraged her to sing) became responsible for raising her.
When she was 13, Anni-Frid entered show business making her stage debut at a Red Cross charity in 1957. Since then, she has never stopped working in this business. When she was around 15, Anni-Frid met Ragnar Fredriksson. She became pregnant and had their first child, Hans, when she was only 16. Shortly after the baby’s birth, they married and had another child, Liselotte.
Since she was not willing to give up her career – which was doing well – to devote herself to her family, they ended up getting a divorce and Anni-Frid left the children in his care and her dear “Mamma” (her grandmother) to go to Stockholm. There, she met Benny Andersson and they soon became romantically involved.
Later, they teamed up with another couple, Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog. They became one of the most famous Pop groups of all times – ABBA.