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Svenska Hollywoodfruar is a documentary series following the lives of three Swedish women living a Hollywood lifestyle. The Hollywood sign is featured prominently in the series.

Svenska Hollywoodfruar (English: Swedish Hollywood Wives)[1][2] is a Swedish documentary series following the lives of three Swedish women living a glamorous Hollywood lifestyle with their rich American husbands (with the exception of Agnes-Nicole Winter, who is divorced). The series, which airs on TV3, consists of five parts. The first aired on 14 September 2009 and was watched by approximately 600,000 viewers.

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Concept and production

Svenska Hollywoodfruar is a Swedish documentary series consisting of five parts that aired in the autumn of 2009 on TV3. The series follows the life of three Swedish women living a wealthy, glamorous Hollywood lifestyle in California. The wives, Anna Anka, Maria Montazami, and Agnes-Nicole Winter, have all married rich American men and are now living a life in luxury.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9] The concept of the series is based on the American reality shows The Real Housewives of..., such as The Real Housewives of Orange County, New York City, Atlanta, and New Jersey. Anders Knave, program director at TV3, commented: "The Real Housewives shows are very popular and we wanted to take it a step further. We have therefore looked for Swedish women in Hollywood, who have married rich men and live what one would call the ideal picture of a life in luxury."[10] Knave also commented that the wives do not get any assignments by the producers and the series only follows their regular life; "It's a sneak peek into the lusciousness of luxury", Knave said.[10]

The wives

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Anna Anka

Anna Anka is married to musician Paul Anka.

Anna Åberg was born in Poland but was adopted to a Swedish family in Bjuv, Skåne, at the age of three.[11] She moved to the United States in 1994[12] to begin a model career and six years later she was hired as the personal trainer of musician Paul Anka. Åberg and Anka soon started a relationship and got married in 2008, when Åberg changed her surname to Anka. They are currently living in Westlake Village, California, with their children Ethan and Elli. Anka is a housewife, which she describes as a "full-time job".[13] In the first episode of Svenska Hollywoodfruar, Anka follows her husband to one of his concerts across the U.S.[13]

Maria Montazami

Maria Montazami was born and raised in Västerås, Västmanland County. In 1987, she travelled to Los Angeles, California to meet her sister, a foreign exchange student. While staying in Los Angeles and working as a waitress, Montazami met restaurant owner Kameron Montazami, to whom she soon got married. A few years later, Kameron Montazami became a successful and wealthy real estate broker and the couple moved to Laguna Niguel, California, where they have raised four children.[8][14] Montazami is currently a housewife.[14] She commented on her role in the series: "I hope people will see that I'm a happy and fun person [...] and that we are a family that works really hard."[14]

Agnes-Nicole Winter

Agnes-Nicole Winter is a Swedish actress and writer from Borås, Västra Götaland County. She moved to the United States at the end of the 1980s to work as a model and has since been married three times. She is currently living with her two sons in Beverly Hills and works as a film producer for her own film production company, Global Star Films.[8][15][16] After getting a divorce with her previous husband, Winter can be seen in the series visiting a dating agency called Millionaires Club in hopes of maybe starting a new relationship with a new man. In the first episode of Svenska Hollywoodfruar, Winter spends time at a shooting range with her sons after having experienced a robbery in her home.[16]

Reception

The first episode of Svenska Hollywoodfruar aired on 14 September 2009 and was watched by approximately 600,000 viewers, making it the most-watched television show in the 9.00 p.m. timeslot. It beat TV4's Kändisdjungeln and Kanal 5's CSI: NY, which drew 527,000 and 504,000 viewers respectively.[17] It was because of this success that the series was expanded from four to five episodes. The fifth episode will contain deleted scenes and highlights from the four earlier episodes.[18] The second episode of Svenska Hollywoodfruar was watched by more than one million viewers, the highest amount of viewers for a TV3 production since 2000.[19]

References

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  19. ^ Björnulfson, Jenny (2009-09-23). "Över en miljon såg Anka" (in Swedish). Göteborgs-Posten. http://www.gp.se/kulturnoje/tv/1.209358-over-en-miljon-sag-anka. Retrieved 2009-09-24.  

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