Lena Olin

Lena Olin

Infobox actor

birthname = Lena Maria Jonna Olin
birthdate = birth date and age|1955|3|22
birthplace = Stockholm, Sweden
academyawards = Nominated: Best Supporting Actress
1989 ""
baftaawards = Nominated: Best Supporting Actress
2000 "Chocolat"
emmyawards = Nominated: Outstanding Supporting Actress - Drama Series
2003 "Alias"
goldenglobeawards = Nominated: Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
1989 "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"

Lena Maria Jonna Olin (born March 22, 1955) is an Academy Award-nominated Swedish actress.


Early life

Olin, the youngest of three children, was born in Stockholm, Sweden, the daughter of Britta Alice (née Holmberg), an actress and singer, and Stig Olin, a director, singer, composer, and an actor who appeared in several of Ingmar Bergman's films. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/46/Lena-Olin.html Lena Olin Biography (1955-) ] ] Her brother is the Swedish singer Mats Olin. She was a top student and graduated with a 4.9 average in her graduation scores (with the highest in Sweden being 5.0). In October 1975, Olin was crowned Miss Scandinavia in Helsinki, Finland. Before her acting career she worked both as a sub teacher and as hospital nurse, and studied medicine at university.

After studying acting at Sweden's National Academy of Dramatic Art ("Scenskolan" aka NAMA today) 1976-79, Olin performed for over a decade with Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre-ensemble (1980-1994) in classic plays by Shakespeare and Strindberg, and appeared in smaller roles of several Swedish films directed by Bergman and in productions of Swedish Television's TV-Theatre Company.


It was Ingmar Bergman who had cast her for the first time (in a small part in "Face to Face"), after she had not passed her first audition for theatre school because of her shyness. Later she acted at the national stage in Stockholm in several productions directed by Bergman, and with Bergman's production of "King Lear" (in which Olin played Cordelia) she toured national theatres in Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Moscow and Oslo, a.o. Critically acclaimed stage credits for Olin at Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre include the leading part as The Daughter in "A Dream Play" by Strindberg, Margarita in the stage adaption of "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov, Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters", Ann in Edward Bond's "Summer", Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" by Shakespeare, Ben Johnson's "The Alchemist", the title role in Ingmar Bergman's rendition of Strindberg's "Miss Julie" and her neurotic Charlotte in the contemporary drama "Nattvarden" ("The Last Supper") by Lars Norén (also director).

Olin's international debut in a lead role on film was in the 1984 Swedish film "After the Rehearsal", which was directed by Bergman. The year before she had appeared in a small role in Bergman's "Fanny and Alexander". In 1988, Olin starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in her first English speaking and internationally produced film, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being", and became a respected actress outside of Europe as well. Olin upon this received offers from the US and Hollywood. In 1989, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in "," in which she portrayed the survivor of a Nazi camp. In 1994 Olin starred in "Romeo Is Bleeding" and played what is perhaps her most extreme character to date; the outrageous hit woman Mona Demarkov - still one of the actress's most popular portrayals on film. Olin was offered but turned down the roles of the Catwoman in "Batman Returns" (the role eventually went to Michelle Pfeiffer), Maria Ruskin in "The Bonfire of the Vanities" (the role eventually went to Melanie Griffith), Ada McGrath in "The Piano" (the role eventually went to Holly Hunter) and Catherine in "Basic Instinct" (the role eventually went to Sharon Stone).

Olin and Lasse Hallström collaborated on the 2000 film "Chocolat", which received five Academy Award nominations, and on "Casanova" (2005). From 2002 to 2006, Olin appeared opposite Jennifer Garner in her first American television role ever; on the second season of the successful television series "Alias". For her work on the series as Irina Derevko, Olin received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2003. Olin received good reviews for her part in "Alias" — particularly her chemistry with Victor Garber, who played her former husband and sometime-enemy Jack Bristow — and was rumored to have been offered a salary in excess of $100,000 per episode to remain part of the cast.Fact|date=January 2008 She left the show after her first and only season, however, to spend more time with her family in New York.

In May 2005, Olin returned to "Alias" for a two-episode appearance at the end of the show's fourth season, and subsequently appeared again in the fifth season, initially in a cameo in December 2005, and then following a four-month hiatus she appeared again in April 2006, and for the finale on May 22, 2006. Upcoming projects are films "The Devil You Know" and "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba" (which is to be directed by Lasse Hallström).

Personal life

In 1986 she gave birth to her first child, son August Ramberg. His father is Swedish actor Örjan Ramberg, with whom Olin had lived with for several years (since the 1970s) and acted opposite on stage in many productions. The relationship ended in the late 1980s. In 1994, she married film director Lasse Hallström (whom she met in 1992 back in Sweden). They lived together for two years before they married in Hedvig Eleonora Church in Stockholm. In 1995 they had a daughter; Tora. Hallström also has a son from a previous relationship; Johan, born in 1976.

Olin currently lives in New York with her husband and children. In 2005 she returned to Sweden for a brief period of filming and starred in a supporting role in Danish director Simon Staho's experimental/avant garde film "Bang Bang Orangutang" (with a punk music soundtrack by a.o. The Clash).


*"Face to Face" (1976)
*"Friaren som inte ville gifta sig" (play Le Mariage forcé by Molière) (TV-theatre) (1977)
*"Picassos äventyr (The Adventures of Picasso)" (1978)
*"Kärlek (Love)" (1980)
*"Gräsänklingar (One Week Bachelors)" (1982)
*"Som ni behagar" (play As You Like It) (TV-theatre) (1982)
*"Fanny and Alexander" (1983)
*"After the Rehearsal" (1984)
*"Flight North" (1986)
*"A Matter of Life and Death" (1986)
*"Komedianter" (play "Comedians" by Lars Norén) (TV-theatre) (1987)
*"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (1988)
*"Friends" (1988)
*"S/Y Glädjen (S/Y Joy)" (1989)
*"Enemies, a Love Story" (1989)
*"Hebriana" (TV-theatre) (1990)
*"Havana" (1990)
*"Romeo Is Bleeding" (1993)
*"Mr. Jones" (1993)
*"The Night and the Moment" (1995)
*"Night Falls on Manhattan" (1997)
*"Polish Wedding" (1998)
*"Hamilton" (1998)
*"Mystery Men" (1999)
*"The Ninth Gate" (1999)
*"Chocolat" (2000)
*"Ignition" (2001)
*"Alias" (2002-2006)
*"Queen of the Damned" (2002)
*"Darkness" (2002)
*"Hollywood Homicide" (2003)
*"The United States of Leland" (2004)
*"Casanova" (2005)
*"Bang Bang Orangutang" (2005)
*"Devil You Know" (2007)
*"Awake" (2007)


External links

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* [http://www.ingmarbergman.se/universe.asp?guid=FC23BF84-EC17-4F5E-ADAE-FCFB8CB78098&LanCD=SV Lena Olin at ingmarbergman.se] (official Ingmar Bergman site)

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