Asta Nielsen

Actor
Danish stage star who entered films in 1910 under the auspices of director August Blom and caused a sensation with her striking performance as a woman who obsessive passion with a ne'er-do-well man plunges her into "The ... Read more »
Born: 09/11/1881 in Denmark

Filmography

other (1)

Die Freudlose gasse 1924 (Movie)

Maria Lechner (Actor)

Biography

Danish stage star who entered films in 1910 under the auspices of director August Blom and caused a sensation with her striking performance as a woman who obsessive passion with a ne'er-do-well man plunges her into "The Abyss" (1910). The following year, with first husband and director Urban Gad, Nielsen moved to Germany, where her intense, expressive features and markedly naturalistic acting style earned her international fame. By the early 1920s Nielsen, with her huge, dark eyes had established herself as the greatest tragedienne of the European silent cinema. She played landmark title roles in such films as "Miss Julie" (1922), "Hedda Gabler" (1924) and even "Hamlet" (1920), the latter directed by her second husband, Sven Gade, and produced by Nielsen. Probably the Asta Nielsen film best known to contemporary audiences came relatively late in her star reign, G.W. Pabst's striking "Joyless Streets" (1925).

Nielsen left films around the advent of talking pictures and worked instead on the stage. She made a brief return to films for one sound picture in 1932 and then continued her stage career for another decade, leaving Germany during the 30s as Nazism came to the fore and returning to Denmark. Nielsen published a memoir, "The Silent Muse", in 1946 and, late in life, narrated, appeared in and directed a half-hour short film about her heyday in cinema.

Relationships

Urban Gad

Husband
Married May 11, 1912 Divorced Dec. 16, 1918

Christian Theede

Husband
Married Jan. 21, 1970 until her death May 24, 1972

Ferdinand Wingaardh

Husband
Married Dec. 31, 1919 Divorced 1923

EDUCATION

Children's School of the Royal Theater

Milestones

1968

Was the subject of a half-hour documentary short, "Asta Nielsen"; also directed the film, which combined an interview with her with clips from her films

1932

Starred in last film and her only talkie, "Unmogliche Liebe"

1927

Left films for a five-year absence; worked on the stage

1911

Left Danish cinema to make films in Germany

1910

Caused a sensation in her first film, "The Abyss"

Retired from acting around the start of WWII

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