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Björk, Anita (1923–)

Björk, Anita (1923–)

Swedish actress who starred in the film version of Strindberg's Miss Julie. Name variations: Bjork. Born April 25, 1923, in Tällberg, Sweden; attended Royal Dramatic Theatre School, Stockholm.


The Road to Heaven (1942); No Way Back (1947); Woman Without a Face (1947); The Realm of Men (1949); The Quartet That Split Up (1950); Miss Julie (1951); Secrets of Women (1952); Night People (US, 1954); Die Hexe (1954); Song of the Scarlet Flower (1956); Married Life/Of Love and Lust (1957); Guest at One's Own Home (1957); Lady in Black (1958); The Phantom Carriage (1958); Model in Red (1958); Good Friends and Faithful Neighbors (1960); Lady in White (1962); Square of Violence (US/Yugo., 1963); Loving Couples (1964); Adalen 31 (1969).

Regarded as one of Sweden's leading actors of stage and screen, Anita Björk made her film debut at the age of 19, in Alf Sjöberg's The Road to Heaven. Her appearance in the title role of another Sjöberg film, an adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, established her as a star, with critics calling her powerful performance the best in screen history. The movie also won acclaim for the director. Björk subsequently appeared in several Ingmar Bergman films including Secrets of Women (1952), and in Nunnally Johnson's Night People (1954), an American film shot in Germany. In her later years, she appeared at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm and on Swedish television.

Barbara Morgan , Melrose, Massachusetts

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