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Wiveca Lena Margareta Billquist


Television producer

Wiveca Billquist was a Swedish television producer.

Wiveca Billquist was born in 1937 in Skövde. She was the daughter of Bertha Parneby and the merchant trader Nils Parneby. In her younger years she worked as a model and actress, and she had parts in three films: Bara en kypare, 1959, Fly mej en greve, 1959, and Svenska Floyd, 1961. In 1962 she was hired by Sveriges Television initially for the culture section and subsequently, from 1963 onwards, for the entertainment section. In 1969 she began to work on the sports desk - for a long time she was the only woman there. In 1975 she became the world’s first female producer of ice hockey coverage. She was an active trade unionist and was the union representative for Kanal 1, TV-sporten and TV-hälsan for several years.

In 1964 Wiveca Billquist married the actor Carl Billquist, whose mother was the popular singer Ulla Billquist. After her death the Ulla Billquist stipend had been set up, awarded annually by Folkets Hus och Parker to talented youth in the spheres of theatre, music and singing. Wiveca Billquist participated in the awarding of the stipends. In 1973 she produced a documentary film about Ulla Billquist’s life entitled Ulla Billquist - på återseende.

In addition to her training as a journalist and TV producer Wiveca Billquist also took a course in tailoring. She was a keen photographer and a clothes designer. In the 1960s Wiveca Billquist won a photography trip to Sri Lanka, which subsequently led to her spend several months every year in the country. Between 1981 and 1982 she worked as a consultant for Sri Lankan television. After her husband’s death in 1993 she moved permanently to Sri Lanka, but always kept a residence in Stockholm.

Wiveca Billquist died in Sri Lanka in 2014.

Emma Severinsson
(Translated by Alexia Grosjean)

Published 2018-03-08

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Other Names

    Maiden name: Parneby

Family Relationships

Civil Status: Widow
  • Mother: Bertha Margareta Parneby, född Lund
  • Father: Nils Albin Gunnar Parneby
  • Husband: Carl Folke Billquist


  • Yrkesutbildning, Stockholm, Berghs reklamskola
  • Yrkesutbildning, Stockholm, Stockholms stads tillskärarakademi
  • Yrkesutbildning, Stockholm: TV-utbildning, Stockholms universitet
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  • Profession: Skådespelare
  • Profession: TV-producent Sveriges Television
  • Profession: Consultant, Sri Lankan Television
  • Non-profit work: Union representative, SVT


  • Birthplace: Skövde
  • Skövde
  • Stockholm
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