Biography Anita   was   born   as   the   eldest   of   three   children   on   3   March    1961    in    Sandefjord,    a    small    town   near   the   Oslofjord in   the   south   east   of   Norway.      Before   she   had   reached   the   age   of   10   she   was   known   throughout   Norway   as “our   little   darling”.      “Anita   from   Sandefjord   is   our   new   pop   discovery”   and   “7   year   old   heart   throb   on   course for media stardom” read the headlines of the first newspaper articles in her Norwegian home country. Anita   was   discovered   in   December   1968   at   a   Christmas   party   for   children   in   Sandefjord.      Father   Christmas encouraged   the   children   to   walk   up   to   him   and   sing   a   song.      Anita   jumped   onto   the   stage   and   immediately won   the   hearts   of   everyone   listening   with   her   songs   “I   natt   jag   drömde”   (Last   night   I   dreamt)   and   “Kom   til meg”   (Come   to   me).      Father   Christmas   turned   out   to   be   Norwegian   entertainer   and   songwriter   Fredrik   Friis Olsen,   who   there   and   then   invited   her   to   an   audition.      The   next   day’s   newspaper   carried   the   headline “Yesterday a star was born”. Six   months   later   Anita   launched   her   first   single   in   Norway   with   the   songs   “Albertino/Hvis   jeg   var   en   fugl”.     Both   songs   became   huge   hits   and   Anita’s   bright   and   bubbly   personality   combined   with   her   fantastic   voice took   the   public   by   storm.      She   launched   her   first   album,   “Trollmannen   Lurifiks”,   the   same   year,   and   other successful   recordings   quickly   followed,   each   achieving   huge   sales.      Anita   swiftly   gained   several   silver,   gold, diamond   and   platinum   records.      In   1970   Anita   recorded   her   first   Swedish   single   “Mitt   sommarlov”   and immediately   reached   second   place   in   the   “Svensktoppen”   where   she   remained   for   a   total   of   eleven   weeks including   seven   weeks   as   Number   One.      Bulgaria   also   took   notice   of   her   and   she   thrilled   the   public   at   the International   Bulgarian   Song   Contest   “Golden   Orpheus”.      In   the   same   year   the   Norwegian   newspaper   “VG” awarded   her   the   Silver   Box   for   her   achievements;   and   at   the   end   of   the   year   she   was   voted   the   “Best   Loved Female   Singer   of   the   Year”   by   an   overwhelming   majority   of   readers   of   the   Norwegian   magazine   “DET   NYE”.     In   early   1971   “DET   NYE”   presented   her   with   the   Silver   Microphone   in   recognition   of   this   vote.      Anita   took   part in   the   Norwegian   selections   for   the   Eurovision   Song   Contests   in   1971   with   “Gig   meg   en   Zebra”   where   she came fourth and in 1972 with “Happy Hippie” where she came third. From   the   start   Anita   was   accompanied   on   her   travels   and   all   her   stage   appearances   by   her   mother   Thurid.      In Germany,   where   Anita   has   been   known   since   1971   and   quickly   became   a   favourite   with   the   public,   Thurid   was always   around   to   look   after   her   cheerful   and   lively   little   girl.      Together   with   the   unforgotten   German   singer Roy   Black,   the   then   ten   year   old   sang   the   great   hit   “Schön   ist   es   auf   der   Welt   zu   sein”   (Great   to   be   alive)   and won    gold    twice:    the    “Goldener    Löwe”    (Golden    Lion)    awarded    by    Radio    Luxembourg    and    the    “Goldene Schallplatte”   (Golden   Record).      The   song   stayed   in   the   German   top   ten   for   18   weeks   and   came   third   in   the charts   in   Denmark,   where   the   pair   were   awarded   the   Cup   of   Copenhagen   in   recognition   of   their   achievement.     “Schön   ist   es   auf   der   Welt   zu   sein”   now   ranks   amongst   the   golden   oldies   in   Germany,   Austria,   Switzerland, Scandinavia and the Benelux countrie. In   1972   Anita   and   Roy   Black   joined   the   Fischer   choirs   in   their   tour   of   Germany.      (The   Fischer   choirs   are children’s   and   adult   choirs   conducted   by   Gotthilf   Fischer;   they   sometimes   combine   to   form   a   single   choir   of around   1,500   voices).      The   stage   was   “bombarded”   with   soft   toys   and   flowers,   and   Anita’s   hotel   rooms   often resembled   florist’s   shops.      Anita   and   Roy   frequently   appeared   in   TV   shows,   where   Anita   also   won   her audiences   over   with   solo   titles   such   as   “Cowboy   Susie”,   “Papi   und   Mami”   or   “Der   frechste   Spatz   vom Campingplatz”.      Her   “big”   colleagues,   including   Roy   Black,   Peter   Alexander,   fellow   Norwegian   Wencke   Myhre and   the   producers   enjoyed   working   with   the   talented   little   girl.      Anita’s   self-discipline,   her   easy-going   nature and   her   ability   to   concentrate   during   recordings,   or   rehearsals   for   TV   shows,   even   after   several   repetitions, continually amazed the adults. Alongside   her   singing   career   Anita,   together   with   the   German   singers   Roy   Black   and   Chris   Roberts   and   the Dutch-born   presenter   Rudi   Carrell   (to   name   but   a   few),   also   starred   in   three   films   made   between   1971   and 1973.      Anita   has   particularly   fond   memories   of   filming   near   Lake   Wörth   in   Austria   where   she   was   joined   by   all her family who spent their holiday there.  “The time in Austria was incredibly good fun” she remembers. In   1972   Anita   was   invited   to   get   involved   in   the   Norwegian   version   of   Walt   Disney’s   “Mary   Poppins”   (Jane Bank)   and   in   1973   she   sang   “Eget   hjem”   in   “Jungle   Book”   and   also   did   the   voice-over   for   the   girl   from   the human settlement By   1976   Anita   had   produced   several   more   records   in   Scandinavia   and   Germany   before   she   took   a   break   to focus on her education. Between   1980   and   1985   Anita   successfully   launched   three   albums   and   several   singles   in   Scandinavia.      The single   “What   about   me”   was   top   of   the   charts   in   the   whole   of   Scandinavia   in   1982.      In   the   summer   Anita toured   Norway   and   Sweden   and   was   voted   the   most   successful   female   artist   Norway’s.      In   1983   she   again entered   the   national   selection   for   the   Eurovision   Song   Contest,   singing   “Nå   er   jeg   alene".      In   addition   she performed   on   the   Canary   Islands   of   Gran   Canary,   Lanzarote   and   Tenerife.      In   Bulgaria   she   was   dubbed   a “superstar”   and   became   a   crowd   puller   for   many   TV   shows.      She   also   took   part   in   the   Bulgarian   song   festival where she won the audience award. In   early   1982   Anita   was   given   another   chance   to   showcase   her   acting   talent   in   the   film   “Six   Guns   and Country-Western-Show.      Filming   of   the   musical   western   took   place   in   Miami,   Florida.      Anita   starred   in   two further films, both filmed in Norway and shown in 1985 and 1987. The   terrible   famine   in   Africa   in   1985   was   the   catalyst   for   “Forente   Artister”,   a   group   of   Norwegian   artists   and musicians   who   got   together   to   record   the   song   “Sammen,   For   Livet”   (Together   for   life).      All   profits   from   the sale   of   the   song   were   donated   to   aid   projects   in   the   African   disaster   areas.      Of   course   Anita   did   not   hesitate   to join them, which was, in fact, entirely in line with her own wish to help.  1984   saw   her   first   meeting   with   the   British   composer   and   multi-instrumentalist   Mike   Oldfield.      As   part   of   his “Discovery   Tour”   he   gave   a   concert   in   Norway   where   Anita   handed   him   a   demo   tape   with   her   songs.      He   got in   touch   with   her   a   year   later   to   record   a   video   single,   “Pictures   in   the   Dark”.      The   song   quickly   reached   the German   top   ten   and   came   first   in   all   the   international   charts;   and   the   music   broadcaster   MTV   played   it   several times   a   day.      Recordings   for   the   worldwide   first   ever   video   album   followed   at   locations   in   Bali   and   Cornwall.     Anita   and   Mike   soon   became   a   couple.      The   video   album   “The   Wind   Chimes”   was   launched   in   September 1988;   the   corresponding   CD   “Islands”   had   been   available   for   sale   since   1987.      Anita   performed   the   vocal   parts of   “The   Wind   Chimes   –   Part   One   and   Part   Two”   and   sang   three   songs:   “North   Point”,   “The   Time   Has   Come” and   “When   the   Night’s   on   Fire”.      Anita’s   and   Mike’s   daughter   Greta   was   born   in   1988.      She   inspired   Mike   to write   the   song   “Innocent”   from   his   album   “Earth   Moving”,   which   –   sung   by   Anita   –   reached   the   top   of   the charts in Germany and several other European countries.  Their son Noah was born in 1990. During   the   time   she   shared   with   Mike,   Anita   performed   in   European   concert   halls   in   front   of   20,000   to   30,000 strong   audiences   and,   together   with   Mike,   appeared   in   the   top   European   TV   shows.      In   Germany,   these included   “Peter’s   Pop   Show”,   Germany’s   biggest   TV   show   of   the   time,   attracting   an   audience   worldwide   of 350   million   as   well   as   world   class   stars   such   as   Bryan   Adams,   Whitney   Houston,   Natalie   Cole   etc,   and Thomas   Gottschalk’s   popular   “Wetten   Dass”   (I   bet   you),   which   reached   an   audience   of   30   million.      In   Paris, Anita   and   Mike   were   presented   with   the   “Diamond   Award”   for   their   music.They   also   performed   in   several   of the   biggest   English   TV   shows   together   with   Phil   Collins,   John   Cleese,   Michael   Palin   and   Eric   Idle,   and   were invited   to   HRH   Prince   Charles   at   his   Windsor   Castle   together   with   Mick   Jagger,   Jerry   Hall,   Keith   Richards, Shirley   Bassey,   Roger   Moore,   Midge   Ure   and   Phil   Collins.   Bonnie   Tyler   joined   Mike   and   Anita   for   a   small   tour in   Europe,   doing   some   big   TV   shows   like   The   Diamond   Awards   in   Belgium   together   with   Cher,   Princess Stephanie of Monaco and Brigitte Nielsen. Anita   and   Mike   separated   in   1991   and   Anita   and   her   two   children   returned   to   her   Norwegian   home,   where   she took a break from performing until 1994. In   1994,   Anita   launched   her   album   “Voices”,   which   included   some   of   her   own   texts   and   music.      “Voices” comprises   melodious   rock   and   pop   songs   as   well   as   Irish-Celtic   influenced   folk   songs.      In   this   album,   Anita’s unique   voice,   which   comfortably   has   a   range   of   three   and   a   half   octaves,   comes   into   its   own.      Anita   herself regards   the   album   as   the   artistically   most   satisfying   recording   she   has   ever   produced.      “Voices”   returned Anita to the limelight and also to Germany. In   1996   Anita   got   involved   in   the   dubbing   of   two   more   Walt   Disney   films.      She   voiced   the   part   of   the   female lead   (Jane)   in   “Tarzan   and   Jane”   and,   a   year   later,   the   part   of   the   female   lead   (Megara)   in   “Hercules”   where she also sang "Han er meg kjær". A   tour   with   the   Dizzie   Tunes,   one   of   Norway’s   most   successful   musical   show   groups,   followed   between   1997 and   1998.      They   appeared   120   times,   performing   the   revue   “Dizzie   og   damene”   in   front   of   enthusiastic audiences.  Anita   returned   to   Germany   once   more   in   1998.      Based   on   reader/listener   votes,   the   tabloid   “BILD”   and   local broadcaster   Radio   Bremen   presented   the   50   most   popular   hits   of   all   times,   and   Anita   accepted   the   "Goldene Schlager-BILD   CD"   (Golden   Pop-BILD   CD)   award   on   behalf   of   all   the   artists.      "Schön   ist   es   auf   der   Welt   zu sein", the song she had sung together with Roy Black all those years before, was amongst the winners. “Candle   in   the   Wind”   –   a   musical   tribute   to   Elton   John   –   was   the   next   show   where   Anita   appeared   as   a   solo singer.      Between   September   and   December   1998   she   performed   on   stage   over   80   times   together   with   a number   of   other   Scandinavian   artists   and   a   great   orchestra.   To   huge   applause   from   the   audience,   the   show presented Elton John’s most famous songs.  Anita   was   again   guest   in   Germany   in   January   1999.      She   was   invited   to   appear   in   the   show   “Die   BILD- Schlagerkönige”   (BILD   “Kings   of   the   Charts”)   and   to   join   one   of   the   “Kings   of   the   Charts”   in   the   song   “Schön ist   es   auf   der   Welt   zu   sein”.      Over   the   following   few   months   she   only   performed   in   Norway   as   she   was expecting her third child. After   her   daughter   Kaja   was   born,   Anita   took   another   break   from   show   business   in   order   to   focus   on   her family.      As   the   welfare   of   children   is   very   close   to   her   heart,   she   produced   a   CD   of   all   her   best   children’s songs   which   was   launched   in   2000   under   the   title   “Anitas   beste   barnesanger”.      Anita   dedicated   the   album   to all Norwegian children.  “We can learn a lot from you” she wrote on the cover. Her   concern   for   the   needs   of   children   also   led   Anita   to   join   Norwegian   company   Pinjata,   which   develops, produces    and    publishes    educational    and    other    computer    games    for    children    aged    between    3    and    12 ( www.pinjata.com ).        The    most    successful    of    these    games    centre    around    rabbit    girl    Josefine    and    her adventures   with   her   friend   Sofus   and   are   designed   to   help   children   gain   confidence   in   handling   everyday experiences   in   their   lives.      Anita’s   responsibility   included   media/radio/TV   relations   and   marketing   and   she was   also   involved   in   the   production   of   shows,   songs   and   games.      Together   with   her   sister   Renate   she initiated the creation and marketing of “The Josefine Bread”, which is still available in Norwegian shops. During    this    time    Anita    also    spent    more    time    in    Germany.        She    still    mourns    Roy    Black,    her    wonderful childhood   friend,   and   came   specially   for   the   various   tribute   shows   that   were   broadcast   on   German   television on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of his death in 2001. A   further   charity   performance   followed   in   2002   when   Anita   was   joined   by   a   children’s   choir   in   the   song   “Små Blomster"   (Small   Flowers)   to   support   “Stine   Sofies   Stiftelse”,   a   Norwegian   Trust   aimed   at   protecting   children against violence and abuse. Anita’s   next   visit   to   Germany   came   in   November   2003   when   she   appeared   in   RTL   television’s   “The   70s Show”,   presented   by   Hape   Kerkeling.      After   an   interview,   Anita   and   Hape   finished   the   programme   with   her   old hit "Schön ist es auf der Welt zu sein". The   terrible   tsunami   in   December   2004   prompted   Anita   to   join   several   other   Norwegian   artists   in   January 2005,   who   had   come   together   as   “Diverse   Artister”   in   order   to   sing   the   song   “Venn”   (Friend)   in   aid   of   the tsunami victims. In   July   2007   Anita   joined   Maxi   Arland   for   one   of   his   “Musikantendampfer”   (Musical   steamer)   folk   music   shows on German television. During   the   last   few   years   Anita   has   carried   out   various   stage   and   concert   engagements   in   Norway.      In   2009 she   celebrated   her   40th   anniversary   on   stage   there,   and   yet   again   took   part   in   the   Norwegian   selection   for   the Eurovision    Song    Contest    with    KeSera,    a    Norwegian    rap    group.        In    2010    she    thrilled    her    audience    in Sandefjord with songs at the “Født i Sandefjord” (Born in Sandefjord) show. In   the   spring   of   2011   Anita   had   the   opportunity   of   welcoming   several   visitors   from   Germany.      A   team   from   the German   broadcaster   “ARD”   filmed   her   in   Norway   on   the   occasion   of   her   40th   anniversary   on   the   Germany stage   and   her   planned   international   comeback.      The   recordings   were   broadcast   as   part   of   the   “Brisant” programme   and   Anita   and   her   band   introduced   the   song   “Closer”   from   her   new   album   “Starfish”.      Several weekly   magazines   published   articles   on   Anita   and   her   comeback   and   travelled   to   Oslo   for   interviews   and photos.      Anita   has   been   delighted   with   the   visits   from   Germany   and   the   continuing   interest   in   her   and   her career.  On   12   August   2011,   at   the   Elverum   festival,   Anita   launched   her   new   "Starfish"   CD   in   the   presence   of   around 2,000   enthusiastic   fans.      The   following   October   her   Power   Pop   /   Rock   Album   came   out,   and   for   over   40   weeks has    now    ranked    among    the    top    three    in    Finland's    download    chart    Meteli.net,    the    country’s    most comprehensive   music   download   website   with   over   1.2   million   songs.      "Starfish"   managed   to   maintain   its   No   1 position   for   24   weeks   and   was   No   2   for   several   weeks.   By   the   way,   "Starfish"   is   the   only   Norwegian   album that has been so successful. In   the   autumn   of   2011   on   the   occasion   of   her   40th   stage   anniversary,   Anita   and   Chris   Boltendahl   re-recorded her   title   "Schön   ist   es   auf   der   Welt   zu   sein"   as   a   heavy   metal   version,   which   she   presented   it   to   her   audience on 21 October. On   23   October   2011   Anita   appeared   in   the   ZDF   show   "Willkommen   bei   Carmen   Nebel"   (Welcome   to   Carmen Nebel)   and   enjoyed   a   reunion   with   her   German   fans,   who   had   not   forgotten   her   after   all   these   years   and   had fond memories of her. 2012/2013   Anita   was   celebrating   her   40th   anniversary   with   her   "Starfish"   European   tour.   She   still   managed   to thrill   her   audience;   every   show   ended   with   standing   ovations   and   Anita   never   left   the   stage   without   encores. Critics   were   taken   with   Anita's   unique   voice   and   her   charisma.   "She   has   a   golden   voice"   or   "She   sings   with unbelievable   rock   power   and   fascinates   her   audience"   were   some   of   the   comments   that   appeared   in   the   press time and again. Over   and   above   this   Anita   is   always   happy   to   make   time   for   visits   from   photographers   and   the   press,   whom she   deals   with   in   her   usual   friendly   and   open   manner,   always   ready   for   photo   shoots   and   interviews   for publication in her Norwegian home or abroad. And    what    a    huge    success,    “STARFISH”    held,    for    nearly    40    weeks,    the    1st    position    in    the    Norwegian downloading   list   from   meteli.net,   Finland,   containing   3366   Norwegian   albums,   1538   bands/artists,   39563 songs including all the bestselling ones. The   Television,   media   and   of   course   the   audience   were   thrilled   with   "STARFISH",   this   all-round   successfully, fantastic Album. Interest   in   Anita   in   Germany   also   continues   to   be   strong.      In         January   2012   Anita   starred   in   the   German   TV chat   show   “Kölner   Treff”   (Meeting   Point   Cologne)   and   she   appeared   in   celebrity   magazines   throughoutthe year.      In   September   Anita   was   invited   to   be   a   VIP   guest   at   the   “Gold   Star   VIP   Party”   at   the   “Oktoberfest”   in Munich.Despite   her   busy   schedule   Anita   accepted   the   invitation   and   was   reunited   with   numerous   former colleagues   and   friends.   The   German   media   were   also   thrilled   to   see   her   again.   It   was   only   natural   for   Anita   to take   this   opportunity   to   visit   the   grave   of   her   old   friend   and   duet   partner   Roy   Black,   who   sadly   died   much   too young.   Anita   also   used   her   trip   to   meet   up   with   Roy’s   brother   and   his   lovely   wife   and   agreed   to   attend   a   photo session   with   Erwin   Schneider,   one   of   the   most   sought   after   German   star   photographers,   who   had   already been to see her in Norway on a number of occasions. 2013   has   already   got   off   to   a   good   start.   In   January   Anita   was   guest   in   the   German   TV   channel   ARD   in   the Florian   Silbereisen   Show   “Winterfest   der   fliegenden   Stars”   and   The   “frau   aktuell”   magazine   delighted   Anita’s German fans with an amazing colour  spread in the first week of the year. On   the   whole   2013   was   a   very   exhausting   year   for   Anita.She   was   very   busy   in   her   home   country   of   Norway and   was   celebrated   by   the   most   enthusiastic   audiences   in   many   fantastic   shows.   The   press   raved   about   her and she received brilliant feedback and top ratings from literally every member of the audience. In   addition   to   her   shows,   numerous   interviews   with   Anita   appeared   in   the   Norwegian   and   Swedish   media,   on radio    stations    and    on    Norwegian    TV.    Inbetween,    on    07    June,    a    remake    of    Anita´s    great    childhood    hit “Trollmannen   Lurifiks”,   with   Captain   Fredd   and   Berserk   Band,   came   out   as   an   MP3   download.   On   12   October Anita   was   a   guest   at   Eva   Lutz´s   Minx   Fashion   Night   Charity   Gala   at   the   Würzburg   Residence   Palace   in Germany.   Anita,   perfect   as   ever,   and   her   excellent   guitarist   Tore   St.   Moren   completely   bowled   their   audience over.   Both   performed   brilliantly   and   were   not   able   to   leave   the   stage   without   encore.   At   the   end   of   November Anita    was    hired    for    two    shows    in    Gran    Canaria,    where    she    also    received    standing    ovations    from    her enthusiastic audience. 2014 to 2015 were very busy years for Anita. Although we didn´t hear very much from her in Germany, she was still very active. In Norway and internationally Anita appeared in front of enthusiastic audiences in many fantastic shows. She achieved a great press each time with positive feedback and best reviews from literally every listener. Over and above this, in 2014 she gave numerous performances to celebrate 45 years on stage and each time received huge cheers from the crowd. One of the high points in 2015 was Anita´s induction into the international Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tennessee. This honour is only awarded to the world´s greatest stars, chosen by a committee of music historians, and recognizes Anita´s more than 45-year-career in the international music business. In December 2015 Anita´s fans worldwide were thrilled when she published her new studio album, which she had produced in Oslo to celebrate her 45th-anniversary. Apart from the shows and her work in the studio, Anita was interviewed by the Norwegian and international press, radio stations and television. 2016 was not less busy and just as successful. Anita performed nationally and internationally (in Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Thailand) and appeared in over 150 concerts, including 22 Christmas concerts with the Norwegian tenor Lars Hansen, as well as giving interviews to television, radio and press. In Germany Anita introduced her new album on both radio and television. In addition regional radio stations Radio Berlin and Antenne Brandenburg interviewed her about her extraordinarily long and successful career. During the Stefanie Hertel Show in September she performed her new Song “Kleiner Schatz” (Little Darling) and, with her daughter Kaya, presented a new version of her huge early hit “Schön ist es auf der Welt zu sein” (Great to be alive), which was met with massive cheers from a delighted audience. In November, invited by German TV channel ZDF, Anita and her family travelled to Germany for another television recording. With her daughters Greta and Kaya she starred in the show “Heiligabend mit Carmen Nebel” (Christmas Eve with Carmen Nebel) . The three Hegerlands sang the carol “Glade jul”, the Norwegian version of “Silent Night”, accompanied by Anita´s excellent guitarist Espen Rogne, who had also travelled from Norway. Anita´s granddaughter (just under 3 years old) was on the stage with them and enchanted the audience by her unselfconscious manner. Norwegian TV station NRK was proud to follow Anita to Germany in order to produce a documentary about her career and her stay there for a special broadcast. 2017 promises to become another exciting year in Anita´s career. As early as 7 January she had a celebrated appearance on Finish television. When Anita appears on stage, it takes only a few notes for her to click with the audience and to create a magical atmosphere. Her fans across the world look forward to meeting her and listening to her golden voice at one of her concerts in 2017. Anita remains Norway´s solo artist with globally the highest number of album sales. She has sold more than 7 million records and won 26 Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum records.  In addition, her songs have been part of over 30 million compilations worldwide. Even now, Anita´s fantastic voice still reaches three and a half octaves effortlessly.
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