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Anni-Frid Lyngstad

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Anni-Frid-Synni "Frida" Lyngstad, now Her Highness The Princess Reuss of Plauen (Anni-Frid Prinzessin Reuss von Plauen) (born November 15, 1945) is best known as one of the four singers in the Swedish pop group ABBA. She is of German and Norwegian origin.

Anni-Frid was born illegitimately in Ballangen, near Narvik, Norway as a result of a liaison between Synni – her mother – and a married German sergeant, Alfred Haase, during the German military occupation. Anni-Frid believed that her father had died when his ship to Germany was sunk during the war. After a German magazine published the story of her origins in 1977, Anni-Frid discovered that her father had not died.

At the end of WWII Anni-Frid, her mother and grandmother fled to Sweden for fear of reprisals from the Norwegian population – whose government did little to stop the injustice against many German-fathered children (several were placed into mental institutions, children's homes or sent overseas). Synni died before Anni-Frid was two, so she was brought up by her grandmother in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

Anni-Frid got her first job as a jazz singer in 1958, at the age of 13, then formed her own band, the Anni-Frid Four, marrying the bass player Ragnar Fredriksson in 1963, at age 18, with whom she had two children before divorcing.

In 1967 Anni-Frid won a TV talent contest, and made an album for EMI. She made a second in 1971, produced by Benny Andersson, laying the foundations for ABBA. She married Benny on October 6, 1978 and divorcing in 1981.

In August 26, 1992 Anni-Frid married His Highness Prince Heinrich Ruzzo Reuss von Plauen (May 24, 1950October 29, 1999), of the German Princely Reuss family, who died of cancer at 49 years old. Two years before, her daughter Ann Lise Lotte-Casper (1967–1997) died at only 30 years old in a traffic accident in the USA. Today, Anni-Frid lives in Switzerland, and mostly engages in charity.

After the break-up of ABBA in 1982, Frida released a successful album, There's Something Going On, though the follow-up Shine was less popular and proved her last foray into the music world for some years. After the Swedish-only album Djupa Andetag (1996), she re-entered the international limelight in 2004 by recording a song, "The Sun will Shine Again", in conjunction with former Deep Purple legend Jon Lord, and also by appearing with Benny and Björn at the London 5th Anniversary performance of the musical based on ABBA songs, Mamma Mia!.de:Anni-Frid Lyngstad es:Anni-Frid Lyngstad it:Anni-Frid Lyngstad nl:Anni-Frid Lyngstad no:Anni-Frid Lyngstad pl:Anni-Frid Lyngstad pt:Anni-Frid Lyngstad fi:Anni-Frid Lyngstad sv:Anni-Frid Lyngstad

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