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Name: Asta Nielsen  
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Date of Birth: 11th September 1881
Place of Birth: Vesterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark
Profession: Actress
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Asta Nielsen

Asta Sofie Amalie Nielsen (September 11, 1883 - May 24, 1972), also known as Die Asta, was a Danish actress, mostly appearing in German silent films during the 1910s and 1920s. She was nicknamed The Silent Muse.

She was born in Vesterbro, Copenhagen to a coppersmith Father and a washerwoman Mother. They both died before she was fifteen. She studied acting at the Royal Theatre School of Copenhagen. She became the most famous stage actress across Scandinavia while she toured. In 1909, director Urban Gad encouraged her to become a silent screen actor and she starred in the 1910 film Afgrunden ("The Abyss"). The film was a success so she was encouraged to continue making silent films. Nielsen and Gad soon married then moved to Germany. She worked in film until talkies became popular, continuing acting only on stage.

She died in 1972 shortly after her fifth marriage.

See also: List of Danes

External link

  • Asta Nielsen at the Internet Movie Database
  • Hotel-Pension Funk - A hotel in Berlin located in Asta Nielsen's former domicile

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