Ulla Jacobsson

Ulla Jacobsson
Born (1929-05-23)23 May 1929
Gothenburg, Sweden
Died 20 August 1982(1982-08-20) (aged 53)
Vienna, Austria
Nationality Swedish
Education Gothenburg Acting City Theatre School
Occupation Actress
Years active 1951–1978
Notable work
  • One Summer of Happiness
  • Zulu
  • Josef Kornfeld
  • Frank Lodeizen
  • Hans Winfried Rohsmann (1952–1982)
Children 2

Ulla Jacobsson (23 May 1929 – 20 August 1982) was a Swedish actress who is best known for playing the only female speaking role in the film Zulu (1964).

Personal life

Jacobsson was born in Gothenburg, Gothenburg and Bohus County, Sweden on May 23, 1929.[1] She was one of 48 candidates chosen to attend Gothenburg Acting City Theatre School. She began acting in this theatre in 1952. Jacobsson's first husband was a Viennese engineer named Josef Kornfeld. This marriage brought her Austrian citizenship. They also had a daughter named Ditte. During the 1950s, Jacobsson married her second husband, Dutch painter Frank Lodeizen (1931–2013), with whom she had a son named Martin. In 1960 she married her third husband, Austrian doctor Hans Winfried Rohsmann (1918–2002), and moved to Vienna, Austria.

In 2015, a town square in Mölndal was named after Jacobsson.[2][3]

Professional life

Jacobsson began her career in her native Gothenburg and appeared in classical and modern theater roles before turning to film.[4] Jacobsson's first acting role was of the Bride Nissa in the drama The Sea in Fire (1951); although, she may be best known for her role in Zulu (1964) where she played the only female speaking role.

Beginning in the late 1950s, Jacobsson stopped acting in Swedish films, and appeared in films from the US, France, Spain, Germany, and England. Jacobsson made her first U.S.-made film appearance in The Grand Duke and Mr. Pimm. According to "Metropolitan Life," Jacobsson believed she could be successful in acting and marriage. She only took two acting jobs a year to travel with her husband. She stated: "When a very good part comes, there is temptation to take it, but I refuse. I love success. I love to make myself something. But I love more my husband and children."

Jacobsson became internationally famous for her nude scenes in One Summer of Happiness (1951). This, along with her role in the American film Love Is a Ball (1963), was an attempt to make her a sex symbol. This was common among female actresses in the 1960s. One Summer of Happiness won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1951.[1] Bosley Crowther, New York Times writer, stated: "Ulla Jacobsson as the farm girl is a sensitive and expressive young thing who stunningly portrays the caprices and the terrors of an innocent maid in love," in regards to her performance in One Summer of Happiness.

Her popularity among mass audiences gained her the role of Margaretta Witt in the adventure film Zulu (1964). Other notable roles include Ingmar Bergman's Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Heroes of Telemark (1965) and La Servante (1970).[1] A notable award was the German Film Award for Supporting Actress in Alle Jahre wieder (1967). She made appearances in film and television shows until 1979.


Ulla Jacobsson Rohsmann's grave site in Wiener Zentralfriedhof

Jacobsson died in Vienna, Austria from bone cancer on August 20, 1982, she was 53 years old. She was buried at the Wiener Zentralfriedhof.


Year Title Role Notes
1951 Bärande hav Nisse's Fiancée
1951 One Summer of Happiness Kerstin Won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival
1953 All the World's Delights Lisbet Enarsdotter
1954 Sacred Lie Lena Larsen
1954 Love is Forever Marieke
1954 Karin Månsdotter Karin Månsdotter
1954 Herr Arnes penningar Elsalill
1955 The Priest from Kirchfeld Anna Birkmaier
1955 Smiles of a Summer Night Anne Egerman
1956 Crime and Punishment Nicole Brunel
1956 Sången om den eldröda blomman Elli
1957 The Last Ones Shall Be First Wanda
1958 The Phantom Carriage Edit
1958 Restless Night Melanie
1959 Llegaron dos hombres Laura, Maestra
1959 And That on Monday Morning Delia Mond
1960 Im Namen einer Mutter Vicky Merlin
1961 Riviera-Story Anja Dahlberg
1962 Una domenica d'estate
1963 Love Is a Ball Janine
1964 Zulu Margareta Witt
1965 The Heroes of Telemark Anna
1965 Nattmara Maj Berg
1967 Next Year, Same Time Lore Lücke Jacobsson won a German Film Award for
Supporting Actress
1968 Adolphe ou l'Âge tendre Hélène / Ellénore
1968 Bamse Vera Berg
1970 La servante Ulla Marbois
1974 One or the Other of Us Mrs. Kolczyk
1975 Fox and His Friends Eugen's mother


  1. ^ a b c "Ulla Jacobsson Rohsmann". New York Times. August 25, 1982.
  2. ^ "PressReader.com - Connecting People Through News". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  3. ^ "Affischer på marken när torget smyckas". Mölndals-Posten (in Swedish). 2017-02-21. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  4. ^ "Ulla Jacobsson, 53, Actress In 'Summer of Happiness'". New York Times.

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