Karina, Anna (1940—)

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Karina, Anna (1940—)

Danish actress. Born Hanne Karin Blarke Bayer on September 22, 1940, in Copenhagen, Denmark; married Jean-Luc Godard (a film director), in 1961 (divorced 1964 or 1967); married Daniel-Georges Duval (a film director), in 1978.

Selected films:

Le Petit Soldat (release delayed until 1976); Ce Soir ou jamais (1960); Une Femme est une Femme (A Woman Is a Woman, 1961); She'll Have to Go (Maid for Murder, UK, 1962); Vivre sa Vie (My Life to Live, 1962); Les Quatre Vérités (Three Fables of Love, 1962); (title role) Shéherazade (Scheherazade, 1963); Dragées au Poivre (Sweet and Sour, 1963); Bande à Part (Band of Outsiders, 1964); La Ronde (Circle of Love, 1964); De l'Amour (1965); Alphaville (1965); Pierrot le Fou (1965); La Religieuse (The Nun, 1965); Made in USA (1966); Lo Straniero (The Stranger, Italy-France-Algeria, 1967); Le plus Vieux Métier du Monde (The Oldest Profession, 1967); The Magus (UK, 1968); Before Winter Comes (UK, 1969); Laughter in the Dark (UK/France, 1969); Justine (US, 1969); Rendez-Vous à Bray (1971); The Salzburg Connection (US/Germany, 1972); (also wrote and directed) Vivre Ensemble (1973); Pane e Cioccolata (Bread and Chocolate, It., 1973); L'Invenzione di Morel (It., 1974); Les Oeufs brouilles (1976); Chinesisches Roulett (Chinese Roulette, Ger., 1976);

Also es war so (Germany-Austria, 1977); Just Like at Home (Hungary, 1978); Chaussette Surprise (1978); The Story of a Mother (Denmark, 1979); L'Ami de Vincent (1983); Ave Maria (1984); Dernier Eté à Tanger (1987); Cayenne Palace (1987); The Man Who Would Be Guilty (Denmark-France, 1990).

A successful model before breaking into movies, actress Anna Karina first appeared in a Danish short that won a prize at the Cannes Festival. She was launched into French films by New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, who starred her in Le Petit Soldat, a disturbing, graphic film about the Algerian conflict that was not released until 1976. Karina married Godard in 1961 and that year also played the lead in the director's most charming film, Une Femme est une Femme (A Woman is a Woman, 1961), about a stripper who wants to settle down and have a baby. Karina also appeared in Godard's Vivre sa Vie (My Life to Live), a gloomy Brechtian film in which she portrayed a Paris prostitute. By the time the couple divorced (in either 1964 or 1967), Karina's career was well established. She made other French New Wave films and, in 1973, wrote, directed and starred in Vivre Ensemble. Karina later married director Daniel-Georges Duval.