1881 - 1972
The actress Asta Nielsen came from a poor family. She got first contacts to the theater during her school time, where she joined in the singing of the royal theater of Copenhagen thanks to her beautiful voice.
At the age of 14 she already left school. When her father died in the same year, she should graduate from sales education in order to be able to contribute some money to the living of her family. But inside Asta Nielsen had already matured her wish to become an actress. She got an audition and as a result a free drama education.
In the following years she played at different stages but the success didn't arise yet. This changed immediately when she met director Urban Gad (1879-1947) and cherished intentions in shooting movies. In 1910 their first common movie "Abgründe" came into being, which achieved an unexpected international success. Asta Nielsen got married with director Urban Gad in 1912 and shot together with him about 30 movies.
In spite of this success the film offers from Denmark kept rare. Therefore
she decided to find her luck in the arising German film business and landed
a bull's eye.
In the next years she appeared in movies like "Nachtfalter" (11), "Der fremde Vogel" (11), "Die Verräterin" (11), "Die arme Jenny" (12), "Der Totentanz" (12), "Engelein" (13), "Engeleins Hochzeit" (14), "Vordertreppe und Hintertreppe" (14) and "Aschenbrödel" (14).
The couple Nielsen/Gad separated in 1915 and with it their cooperation
came to an end too.
After the war she returned to Germany where she was able to continue her career smooth. To her greatest successes of the post-war time belong "Rausch" (19), "Kurfürstendamm" (20), "Hamlet" (20), "Irrende Seelen" (21), "Die Geliebte Roswolskys" (21), "Fräulein Julie" (21), "Der Absturz" (22), "I.N.R.I." (23), "Hedda Gabler" (24), "Die freudlose Gasse" (25), "Die Gesunkenen" (25) and "Dirnentragödie" (27).
But over and over again Asta Nielsen was pushed out by younger colleagues, her acting attracted less attention than the beautiful faces of new stars. The scripts she get offered were subsequently more and more worse and Asta Nielsen decided to go back to the theater where she was able to achieve triumphes.
Only one time she returned to the screen with the movie "Unmögliche Liebe" (32), her first and last sound film.
The World War II concluded her theater career in Germany and she went back to Denmark again. But also after the war she didn't return to the stage.
With her documentation "Asta Nielsen" (68) she said goodbye to her audience.
Four years later she died as a result of an accident.
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