Anita Björk

Anita Björk
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Anita Björk, early 1960s
Born
Anita Barbro Kristina Björk

(1923-04-25)25 April 1923
Tällberg, Sweden
Died 24 October 2012(2012-10-24) (aged 89)
Stockholm, Sweden
Occupation Actress
Years active 1942–2000
Spouse(s)
( m. 1945⁠–⁠1951)

( m. 1953⁠–⁠1954)

( m. 1962⁠–⁠1970)
Children Jonas Bergström

Anita Björk (25 April 1923 – 24 October 2012) was a Swedish actress.[1]

She was born in Tällberg, Dalarna and attended Dramatens elevskola (The Royal Dramatic Theatre's acting school) from 1942 to 1945. She was a leading lady of Swedish theatre for many years and worked on the national stage Dramaten from 1945 onwards and played more than 100 roles over the years (which makes her one of the greatest actors of Dramaten).

Anita Björk played leading roles in film in a number of genres, including thrillers and crime mystery dramas such as Det kom en gäst (1947), Moln över Hellesta (1956), Damen i svart (1958), Mannekäng i rött (1958) and Tärningen är kastad (1960). Her most famous role was probably her title role in Alf Sjöberg's film adaption of Strindberg's Miss Julie (1951) that was awarded the grand prize at Cannes Film Festival.

In the book-length interview Hitchcock/Truffaut (Simon and Schuster, 1967), Hitchcock said he had hired Björk as the female lead for I Confess in 1952 after seeing her in Miss Julie. However, when Björk arrived in Hollywood with her lover Stig Dagerman and their baby, Jack L. Warner, the head of Warner Brothers insisted that Hitchcock should find another actress.

She was married to Olof Bergström (1945–1951) and to Stig Dagerman (from 1953). After Dagerman's death in 1954, she had a relationship with author Graham Greene.

In 2009 she performed in A. R. Gurney's play Kärleksbrev (Love Letters) at Dramaten opposite Jan-Olof Strandberg (Lilla scenen; March–April, 2009).

Björk died on 24 October 2012 at the age of 89.[2]

Partial filmography

  • 1942: Himlaspelet (a.k.a. The Heavenly Play / The Road to Heaven) - Anna Jesper
  • 1944: Räkna de lyckliga stunderna blott - Lilian Lind
  • 1946: 100 dragspel och en flicka - Elsa Borell
  • 1947: Ingen väg tillbaka - Evelyn
  • 1947: Kvinna utan ansikte (a.k.a. Woman Without a Face) - Frida Grande
  • 1947: Det kom en gäst - Siv
  • 1948: På dessa skuldror - Birgit Larsson
  • 1949: Människors rike- Birgit Maria Larsson
  • 1950: Kvartetten som sprängdes (a.k.a. The Quartet That Split Up) - Maj Andersson
  • 1951: Fröken Julie (a.k.a. Miss Julie) - Miss Julie
  • 1952: Kvinnors väntan (a.k.a. Secrets of Women) - Rakel
  • 1952: Han glömde henne aldrig - Karin Engström
  • 1954: Night People - 'Hoffy' Hoffmeier
  • 1954: The Witch
  • 1955: Giftas (a.k.a. Of Love and Lust) - Helene
  • 1955: Hamlet (TV Movie) - Ofelia, hans dotter
  • 1955: The Cornet - Gräfin von Zathmar
  • 1956: Moln över Hellesta (a.k.a. Moon Over Hellesta) - Margareta Snellman
  • 1956: Sången om den eldröda blomman (a.k.a. Song of the Scarlet Flower) - Kyllikki Malm
  • 1957: Gäst i eget hus - Eva Dahl
  • 1958: Damen i svart (a.k.a. The Lady in Black) - Inger von Schilden
  • 1958: Körkarlen (a.k.a. The Phantom Carriage) - Mrs. Holm
  • 1958: Mannekäng i rött (a.k.a. Mannequin in Red) - Birgitta Lindell
  • 1960: Tärningen är kastad- Rebecca Striid
  • 1960: Goda vänner, trogna grannar - Mrs. Yvonne Frejer
  • 1961: Square of Violence - Sophia
  • 1962: Vita frun (a.k.a. The Lady in White) - Helen G:son Lundberg
  • 1963: Misantropen (TV Movie) - Célimène
  • 1964: Älskande par (a.k.a. Loving Couples) - Petra von Pahlen
  • 1966: Utro
  • 1967: Tofflan - Erna Alm
  • 1968: Komedi i Hägerskog - Narcissa
  • 1969: Ådalen 31 (a.k.a. Adalen 31 / Adalen Riots) - Hedvig, Annas mor
  • 1978: Tribadernas natt (TV Movie) - Siri von Essen
  • 1979: Arven - Märta Skaug
  • 1981: The Witch Hunt - Ingeborg Eriksdotter Jaatun
  • 1986: Amorosa - Arvida
  • 1989: Flickan vid stenbänken (TV Series) - Amalia
  • 1992: Markisinnan de Sade (TV Movie, Ingmar Bergman) - Madame de Montreuil
  • 1992: Den goda viljan (a.k.a. Best Intentions) (script: Ingmar Bergman) - Drottning Victoria
  • 1993: Snoken (TV Series) - Harriet Lindholm
  • 1996: Enskilda samtal (a.k.a. Private Confessions / Conversations) (TV Movie; Ingmar Bergman) - Karin Åkerblom
  • 1997: Larmar och gör sig till (a.k.a. In the Presence of a Clown) (TV Movie, Ingmar Bergman) - Anna Åkerblom
  • 1998: Sanna ögonblick - Karin
  • 2000: Bildmakarna (a.k.a. The Image Makers) (TV Movie, Ingmar Bergman) - Selma Lagerlöf (final film role)

References

  1. ^ "Décès de l'actrice Anita Björk". AlloCine. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  2. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9659117/Anita-Bjork.html

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