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Karin Helfrid (Lisskulla) Jobs



Lisskulla Jobs was an actor who was a long-term member of the permanent ensemble at Gothenburg stadsteater (city theatre).

Lisskulla Jobs was born in Leksand in 1906. She was the third child of Anders Jobs, a musical director, and his wife Elisabet Wisén-Jobs. She was given the pet name of ‘Lisskulla’ at an early age and later that became the name she was known by. Her actual baptismal name was Karin Helfrid. She was one of seven children in the Jobs family. All but two of them became engaged in artistic enterprises. Her sisters Lisbet Jobs and Gocken Jobs both became acclaimed ceramists and textile artists.

Lisskulla Jobs began her acting life as a student of the actress Hilda Borgström who helped her prepare for the entrance exam to the Dramaten (Royal Dramatic theatre in Stockholm) school in 1924. Lisskulla Jobs attended the school from 1924 to 1927. During her training she met Björn Berglund, a fellow actor whom she went on to marry in 1931. The pair of them worked at Dramaten, and at Hippodromteatern in Malmö with Oscar Winge. They also spent many years working at Eklundteatrarna where they trained in the comedic arts, which they also did with Roeck-Hansen at Blancheteatern. They went on tour with Riksteatern and performed in various public parks. Following her early debut in 1925 in Olof Molander’s Damen med kameliorna Lisskulla Jobs went on to act in about 20 films.

The Jobs-Berglund couple became part of the permanent ensemble at the Gothenburg stadsteater in 1956 where their former fellow colleague from acting school, Karin Kavli, was in charge. During her time in Gothenburg Lisskulla Jobs acted in 52 roles at the stadsteater. She was very skilled at throwing herself completely into a role without abandoning her talent. Åke Falck was particularly keen to work with her and she had the most frequent appearances in his numerous radio theatre productions. Of all her roles those of Miss Prism in Oscar Wilde’s Mr Earnest and that of the grandmother in Farmor och Vår Herre – the latter of which she reprised in a TV-production – stand out. Lisskulla Jobs played many parts on TV, including in Erik XIV and in Yngve Gamlin’s Risbastu, both from 1974. One of the last roles on TV dates from 1981 when she acted opposite Hasse Alfredson in Grevinnan och betjänten.

Lisskulla Jobs moved to Stockholm in 1971. In the early 1990s she moved back to Leksand where most of the Jobs children were already living. She died in Leksand in 1996 and is buried at Örgryte Nya cemetery in Gothenburg beside her husband.

Christina Mattsson
(Translated by Alexia Grosjean)

Published 2018-03-08

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Other Names

    Married: Jobs-Berglund

Family Relationships

Civil Status: Widow
  • Mother: Ruth Elisabet Wisén-Jobs
  • Father: Anders Andersson Jobs
  • Sister: Kerstin Jobs, gift Berglund
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  • Yrkesutbildning, Stockholm: Teaterlektioner för Hilda Borgström


  • Profession: Skådespelare, teater, film, bl a Hippodromteatern, Malmö, Blancheteatern, Stockholm, fr o m 1956 Göteborgs stadsteater


  • Mentor: Hilda Borgström
  • Colleague: Oscar Winge
  • Colleague: Olof Molander
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  • Birthplace: Noret
  • Stockholm
  • Malmö
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  • Ericson, Uno Myggan, 'Lisskulla Jobs. Finstämd scengestalt [Nekrolog]', Dagens Nyheter, 1996-08-18

  • Rådström, Anne Marie, Jobs: berättelsen om en konstnärsfamilj, Gidlund, Hedemora, 1989


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