domingo, 26 de agosto de 2012

Las Suecas: World Famous Swedish Actresses

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Maud Adams

Maud Adams (born 1945) is a Swedish actress known for her roles as two different Bond girls in two James Bond films, The Man with the Golden Gun and as the title character in Octopussy.

Adams was born in Luleå, Sweden, the daughter of Thyra and Gustav Wikström. She was discovered as a model in 1963. Adams moved to Paris and later to New York City to work for Eileen Ford, at this time she was one of the highest paid and most exposed models in the world.
Her acting career started when she was asked to appear in the 1970 movie The Boys In The Band, in which she played a photo-shoot model in the opening credits. In the 1970s, she guest starred in such American TV series as Hawaii Five-O and Kojak. Source: Wikipedia


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Anita Ekberg

Ekberg (born 1931), worked as a fashion model in her teens. In 1950, Anita entered the Miss Malmö competition wich was the ticket to the Miss Sweden contest, which she also won. She went to the United States to compete for the Miss Universe title, despite not speaking English.

Although she did not win Miss Universe, she did earn a starlet's contract with Universal Studios. In America, Ekberg met Howard Hughes, who at the time was producing films and wanted her to change her nose, teeth and name (Hughes said "Ekberg" was too difficult to pronounce). She refused to change her name, saying that if she became famous, people would learn to pronounce it, and if she didn't become famous, it would not matter.
As a starlet at Universal, Ekberg received lessons in drama, elocution, dancing, horse-riding and fencing. Ekberg skipped many of the lessons, restricting herself to horse riding in the Hollywood Hills. Ekberg later admitted that she was spoiled by the studio system and played instead of pursuing bigger film roles.

By the mid-50s, other studios offered Ekberg work. Paramount Pictures and Frank Tashlin cast her in Hollywood or Bust (1956) and Artists and Models (1955) both starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Ekberg also played an Amazonian extraterrestrial in 1953's Abbott and Costello Go to Mars. Bob Hope joked that her parents had received the Nobel Prize for architecture as she was touring with him and William Holden to entertain U.S. troops in 1954. In 1956, Ekberg went to Rome to make War and Peace, directed by distinguished Hollywood veteran King Vidor and co-starring Audrey Hepburn.

Federico Fellini gave Ekberg her greatest role in La Dolce Vita (1960), in which she played the unattainable "dream woman" opposite Marcello Mastroianni; then Boccaccio '70 in 1960, a movie that also featured Sophia Loren. Fellini would call her back for two other films: I clowns (1972), and Intervista (1987), where she played herself in a reunion scene with Mastroianni. La Dolce Vita was a sensational success, and Anita Ekberg's uninhibited cavorting in Rome's Trevi Fountain remains one of the most celebrated images in film history.


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Britt Ekland

Britt Ekland (born 1942) is best known for her roles as a Bond girl in The Man with the Golden Gun, and in the British cult horror film The Wicker Man, as well as her marriage to actor Peter Sellers, and her high-profile social life.

Britt Ekland became famous overnight as a result of her 1964 whirlwind romance and marriage to British actor and comedian, Peter Sellers, who proposed after seeing her photograph in the paper. She stood by him after he suffered a series of massive heart attacks shortly after their marriage. Ekland was stepmother to Sellers' children Sarah and Michael (who died of heart attack at about the same age as his father). In January 1965 they had a daughter, Victoria. The couple made two films together, After the Fox in 1966 and The Bobo in 1967, before divorcing the following year (1968). Source: Wikipedia


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Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) was a Swedish actress during Hollywood's silent film period and part of its Golden Age. Regarded as one of the greatest and most inscrutable movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studio system, Garbo received a 1954 Honorary Academy Award "for her unforgettable screen performances" and in 1999 was ranked as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute. Welcome to read more at The Garbo Society.


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Ingrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress noted for her starring roles in American films. She won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for Best Actress. She is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. She is best remembered for her role as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), a World War II spy drama co-starring Humphrey Bogart. Read more at Wikipedia.


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Pernilla August

Pernilla August (born 13 February 1958) is a Swedish actress. She started acting during her childhood in theater and at school. Her professional acting career started in 1975 when she began studying acting. She attracted the attention of Ingmar Bergman, who cast her as the nanny Maj in his film Fanny och Alexander.

Pernilla has acted in several notable plays, including William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters. Many in the English-speaking world know her best as Shmi Skywalker (the mother of Anakin Skywalker / Darth Vader ) from the Star Wars prequel movies. She also appeared in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. She played the Virgin Mary in Mary, Mother of Jesus, 1999 (TV). Source: Wikipedia


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Ann-Margret

Born in Stockholm in 1941. She moved with her parents to the United States in November 1946, and they settled outside of Chicago in Wilmette, Illinois. She took her first dance lessons at the Marjorie Young School of Dance, and showed natural ability from the start, easily mimicking all the steps. Her first RCA recording (1961)was "Lost Love" from her debut album And Here She Is: Ann-Margret, produced in Nashville. She had a sexy throaty singing voice and RCA attempted to capitalize on the 'female Elvis' comparison by having her record a version of "Heartbreak Hotel" and other songs stylistically similar to Presley's. ".

Filmography in the 60's: "Pocketful of Miracles," "State Fair," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Viva Las Vegas" with Elvis Presley to mention some." Her fairytale marriage to Roger Smith. TV Specials, record releases, Las Vegas nightclub act, and national recognition as a "superstar sex symbol" punctuate Ann-Margret's life. In 1995, she was chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history; she ranked 10th.

She has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe Awards, and received five Emmy nominations. She draws sell-out crowds in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and Radio City Music Hall and is a three-time winner of the "Female Star of the Year" award given by the United Motion Picture Association. In 2001 Ann-Margret was presented with a Diploma and the Golden Plaque by King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia as the 'Swedish-American of the Year'. Ann-Margret Official Web Site.


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Lena Olin

Swedish-born Lena Olin (1955) already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by Ingmar Bergman. Lena also belongs to the Bergman "family." As a young actress, she played in the great classics of William Shakespeare, Henrik Ibsen and August Strindberg.
After coming to the US, she played mostly distinguished, exotic temptresses, intelligent women and crude vamps. Bergman had developed Lena's artistic gift to play different human emotions and express them in a subtle way. Olin received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Enemies: A Love Story (1989). She went on to have a choice role in Chocolat (2000), which received a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.
Olin received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
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Malin Akerman

Malin was born in Stockholm 1978, her family moved to Toronto, Canada when she was two years old. After her parents' divorce, her father returned to Sweden, and Åkerman stayed in Canada with her mother. At the age of 17, Åkerman won the Ford Supermodel of Canada search. She appeared in several television commercials, including one for Noxzema skin care. After a career in modeling, she turned to acting and moved to California.

She has had roles in several films, including The Utopian Society (2003) with Sam Doumit and Austin Nichols and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). Akerman has made several TV guest appearances, The Showbiz Show with David Spade as a correspondent and in the third season of HBO series Entourage to mention some. She starred in the 2007 Farrelly Brothers movie The Heartbreak Kid and in the 2008 film 27 Dresses.
In 2009, Åkerman co-starred in Couples Retreat, opposite Vince Vaughn, and The Proposal. Åkerman sings for the band the Petalstones, known previously as Ozono. Source: Wikipedia
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