Siw Malmkvist, born December 31, 1936 in Landskrona, Sweden, is a popular Swedish singer famous in Scandinavia and Germany. She competed in the Swedish Melodifestivalen many times, latest in 2004 together with Towa Carson and Ann-Louise Hanson, singing the song C'est la vie, which finished 10th. She represented Sweden at the international Eurovision Song Contest 1960 with Alla andra får varann and the former West Germany at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969, with the song Primaballerina. Siw Malmkvist had a number one hit in West Germany 1964 with Liebeskummer lohnt sich nicht (meaning: Lovesickness Is Not Worthwhile).
Siw Malmkvist is a performer with great versatility in the Swedish entertainment business as she, alongside her career in pop/schlager music, has performed in stage plays, musicals and in films. She played Pippi Longstocking in the popular children musical production of Astrid Lindgren's Pippi Longstocking in 1980, for example, appeared in the musical version of Some Like It Hot (see Sugar) and she played the part of Luisa in the original Swedish - and European - production of Maury Yeston's musical Nine in 1983. In 2002 she appeared as the Mother in Hans Alfredson's stage play Lille Ronny at Maximteatern. With Thorsten Flinck she made a popular Swedish cover on Nick Cave/Kylie Minogue's great hit Where the Wild Roses Grow (2004).
She has altogether recorded about 600 songs (and has made recordings in nine different languages), which makes her one of the most productive Swedish female singers.