Lena Olin

Actor, Hospital orderly, Substitute teacher
A powerful and beautiful Swedish actress in the tradition of Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann, Lena Olin first came to prominence in Sweden as a "Bergman actress," working in plays and films directed by the ... Read more »
Born: 03/22/1955 in Sweden

Filmography

Actor (41)

Vinyl 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Welcome To Sweden 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Sebastian's Love 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Devil You Know 2014 (Movie)

Kathyrn Vale (Actor)

Night Train to Lisbon 2013 (Movie)

Estefânia (Actor)

The Hypnotist 2012 (Movie)

Simone Bark (Actor)

Remembrance 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Remember Me 2010 (Movie)

Diane Hirsch (Actor)

The Reader 2008 (Movie)

Rose Mather/Ilana Mather (Actor)

Awake 2007 (Movie)

Lilith Beresford (Actor)

Alias 2002 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bang Bang Orangutang 2005 (Movie)

(Actor)

Casanova 2005 (Movie)

Andrea (Actor)

Darkness 2004 (Movie)

Maria (Actor)

Ignition 2004 (Movie)

Faith Matheson (Actor)

The United States of Leland 2004 (Movie)

Marybeth Fitzgerald (Actor)

Hollywood Homicide 2003 (Movie)

Ruby (Actor)

Queen of the Damned 2002 (Movie)

Maharet (Actor)

Chocolat 2000 (Movie)

Josephine Muscat (Actor)

The Ninth Gate 2000 (Movie)

Liana Telfer (Actor)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

Dr Annabel Leek (Actor)

Polish Wedding 1998 (Movie)

Jadzia Pzoniak (Actor)

Hamilton 1997 (Movie)

Tessie (Actor)

Night Falls on Manhattan 1997 (Movie)

Peggy Lindstrom (Actor)

Romeo Is Bleeding 1994 (Movie)

Mona Demarkov (Actor)

Mr. Jones 1993 (Movie)

Libbie (Actor)

The Night & the Moment 1993 (Movie)

La Marquise (Actor)

Havana 1990 (Movie)

Roberta 'Bobby' Duran (Actor)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

Masha (Actor)

Friends 1988 (Movie)

Sue (Actor)

S/Y Gladjen 1988 (Movie)

Annika (Actor)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being 1988 (Movie)

Sabina (Actor)

Pa liv och dod 1986 (Movie)

Nadja (Actor)

After the Rehearsal 1984 (Movie)

Anna Egerman (Actor)

Fanny and Alexander 1982 (Movie)

Rosa--New Nursemaid (Actor)

Grasanklingar 1982 (Movie)

Nina (Actor)

Karleken 1980 (Movie)

Lena--Johannes' Wife (Actor)

Picassos Aventyr 1978 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Face to Face 1976 (Movie)

(Actor)

Wallenberg: A Hero's Story (TV Show)

Actor
Other (1)

The Shipping News 2001 (Movie)

(Special Thanks)

Biography

A powerful and beautiful Swedish actress in the tradition of Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann, Lena Olin first came to prominence in Sweden as a "Bergman actress," working in plays and films directed by the great Ingmar Bergman. The child of actors-her father, Stig Olin, appeared in Bergman films during the 1940s and 50s-she gravitated to the profession in an attempt to overcome her crippling shyness, and though she failed her first audition for the Royal Dramatic Theater school, Bergman saw enough to cast her in a small role in his "Face to Face" (1976). She went on to appear in "The Adventures of Picasso" (1978) and acted for Bergman in "Fanny and Alexander" (1982). In "After the Rehearsal" (1984), she played Anna, a character written expressly for her. Her role as an actress who infuriates her director by getting pregnant while working on one of August Strindberg's plays prefigured actual events when her own pregnancy would complicate a Bergman production of Strindberg's "A Dream Play."

Relationships

Lasse Hallstrom

Husband
Met in 1992 lived together for two years before marring on March 18, 1994 in Stockholm collaborated on the 2000 film Chocolat, which received five Academy Award nominations, and on Casanova (2005)

Johan Hallstrom

Step-Son
Born c. 1976

Lasse Hallström Director

Husband
Met 1992 and lived together for two years Married March 18, 1994 in Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm First worked together on "Chocolat" (2000)

Tora Hallström Actor

Daughter
father, Lasse Hallstrom

Stig Olin

Father
Appeared in films directed by Ingmar Bergman, beginning with "Hamnsted/Port of Call" (1948) and "The Seventh Seal" (1957) divorced from Britta Olin died of natural causes June 28, 2008

Britta Olin

Mother
Retired from acting at age 30 to raise her three children divorced from Stig Olin

Mats Olin

Brother

Orjan Ramberg

Companion
Swedish together for five years relationship ended in the late 1980s

August Ramberg

Son
Born c. 1986 father, Orjan Ramberg named after the playwright August Strindberg

EDUCATION

National Academy of Dramatic Art

1976 - 1979

Royal Dramatic Theatre

Rejected after her first audition at age 19; entered the following year at age 20

Milestones

2007

Cast in the psychological thriller "Awake" with Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba

2005

Cast in husband Lasse Hallström's "Casanova," opposite Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller

2004

Starred as Anna Paquin's mother in the thriller "Darkness"

2004

Starred with Kevin Spacey and Ryan Gosling in "The United States of Leland"

2003

Cast as Harrison Ford's love interest in the action-comedy "Hollywood Homicide"

2002

Joined the cast of ABC's "Alias," playing the mother of secret agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner); earned an Emmy (2003) nomination for Supporting Actress

2001

Cast as a federal judge whose bodyguard uncovers a plot to overthrow the government in "Ignition"

2001

Portrayed Maharet in the film version of Anne Rice's vampire-themed novel "Queen of the Damned"

2000

Directed by husband Lasse Hallstrom in "Chocolat," playing a kleptomaniac who leaves her abusive husband and finds a new career assisting the recently arrived chocolatiere; reunited on screen with Stormare, Depp and Binoche

2000

Led a satanic cult in Roman Polanski's "The Ninth Gate," co-starring Johnny Depp

1998

Was a member of the Festival Jury at Cannes, headed by Martin Scorsese

1998

Teamed with Gabriel Byrne to play Claire Danes' parents in Theresa Connelly's "Polish Wedding"

1998

Acted with fellow Bergman protege Peter Stormare in the slick Swedish actioner "Hamilton"

1997

Romanced Andy Garcia in "Night Falls on Manhattan," directed by Sidney Lumet

1994

Emerged with her dignity intact from the moribund erotic costumer "The Night & the Moment"

1993

Played a psychiatrist who falls in love with her manic-depressive patient (Richard Gere) in "Mr. Jones"

1993

Portrayed most extreme character to date; the outrageous hit woman Mona Demarkov in Peter Medak's "Romeo Is Bleeding"

1991

Starred in the title role in Ingmar Bergman's rendition of Strindberg's "Miss Julie"

1990

Acted opposite Robert Redford in the large scale would be "Havana"; movie fizzled at the box office

1989

Received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her role as a Polish immigrant and Holocaust survivor in Paul Mazursky's "Enemies, a Love Story"

1988

Garnered international attention as the lusty Sabina in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," directed by Philip Kaufman and co-starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Juliette Binoche

1985

Played Cordelia in the Bergman-directed "King Lear" at Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theater

1985

US TV debut in "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story" (NBC)

1984

Made international debut in a leading role, playing Anna in Bergman's "After the Rehearsal," a part written expressly for her by Bergman

1982

Acted in Ingmar Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander"

1978

Had prominent film role in "Picassos Aventyr/The Adventures of Picasso"

1978

Joined the Royal Dramatic Theater

1976

Cast in a small role by Bergman in "Face to Face"

1972

Met Ingmar Bergman for the first time at the age of 17

Worked as a substitute teacher and hospital orderly before enterting acting

Bonus Trivia

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About Ingmar Bergman's influence on her: "He taught me that it's important that there be mystery about acting. There should be unpredictability. One shouldn't look at it too closely. You should care only about how to use your body, your voice. He's very practical and he taught me that at an early age." - Olin to David Rensin in Playboy, February 1991

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On the type of roles she looks for: "Every time a woman does something bad or strange on screen, there's always this need to explain, she'll talk about not being able to have babies or being abused or abandoned, because male screenwriters feel guilty about writing a bad woman. But I'm looking for egocentric female characters, women who do strange and awful things, because it's fun and it's true." - Olin quoted in the Daily News, Feb. 8, 1994

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On frequently being cast as violent, wayward vengeful women, Olin told The Independent (Feb. 16, 2001): "I love that kind of character, because I have access to so much fury. I can bring it on so easily. It comes so naturally to me. I'm a kind person in general, but I've always had access to this anger. I wasn't very big when I grew up, but I always took pride that no matter what, I can be tougher than anyone else. And I am fearless - I do not care."When asked if she still has a violent temper, Olin replied: "Yes, I do. When I feel threatened or afraid, I can lose my temper in an instant. It's a very useful tool for an actor to have that kind of anger, but I can control myself when I have to."

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