Who is Kristina Wayborn?
Britt-Inger Johansson, professionally known as Kristina Wayborn, is a Swedish actress best known for her role in the film ‘Octopussy.’ A former beauty queen, she was elected Miss Sweden and Miss Scandinavia in 1970 and 1971 respectively, and was a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe pageant in 1970. As an actress she first gained attention for portraying the legendary Greta Garbo in the television movie ‘The Silent Lovers.’ This role brought her to the notice of the producers of the James Bond films, who cast her as Magda in the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’. She was appreciated for her fight scenes in this film. Kristina Wayborn also appeared in a number of American television series like ‘The Love Boat’, ‘Airwolf’, ‘MacGyver’, and ‘Dallas.’ Her performance in ‘Baywatch’ was appreciated by the critics. She also appeared in the Swedish television series ‘Vänner och Fiender’, one of the longest running series in Sweden.
Kristina Wayborn entered the show business as a model at an early age. She was featured in a 1976 American television action film ‘Victory at Entebbe’ which was based on the actual Operation Entebbe, the raid on Entebbe Airport in Uganda in July 1976 to free the Israeli hostages. She was then featured in ‘The Love Boat’, an American television series set on a cruise ship, which was aired on ABC Network in 1977.
In the movie ‘The Silent Lovers’ (1980), she played the character of the iconic Swedish silent film actress, Greta Gabo. Cubby Broccoli, the producer of the James Bond films, spotted her in this role and decided to cast her in ‘Octopussy’.
In 1983, she was cast in the James Bond film ‘Octopussy’ as Magda. While shooting for a fight scene, she suffered several broken toes. Yet, she gave the film her best. The scene in which Magda beats up the guards of the villain Kamal Khan became a memorable one and earned her acclaim. According to critics, she was excellent as Magda, especially when she displayed her athletic prowess towards the end of the film.
In the 1980s, she played Dr. Greta Ingstrom in 56 episodes of ‘General Hospital’, an American TV series. She appeared in two episodes of Baywatch, the American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County. The show, which was canceled after its first season on NBC, later became one of the most watched television shows in the world.
She appeared in ‘Hostage Flight’ in 1985 as Ilsa Beck; ‘Airwolf’ in 1986 as Dawn Harrison; ‘Designing Women’ as Gail in 1991; ‘Dangerous Curves’ in 1992 as Norma Desmond; and ‘Little Ghost’ in 1997 as Christine. In 2000, she was re-united with her ‘Octopussy’ co-star Maud Adams in ‘That '70s Show’. In 2010, she was featured in the horror film ‘The Frankenstein Syndrome’.
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Kristine Wayborn was born on September 24, 1950, in Nybro, Småland, Sweden, and was named Britt-Inger Johansson at birth. When she was 20, she was crowned Miss Sweden in 1970. The same year, she became a semi-finalist in the Miss Universe pageant. The following year the young beauty was named Miss Scandinavia.
She is a very private person and has not shared any detail about her love life with the media.