Asta Nielsen

(redirected from Die Asta)
Asta Nielsen
Asta Sofie Amalie Nielsen
BirthplaceVesterbro, Denmark
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Nielsen, Asta


Born Sept. 11, 1881, in Copenhagen; died there May 25, 1972. Danish actress.

Nielsen began performing in the theaters of Copenhagen and other cities in 1901 and in films in 1910. From 1911 she lived and worked in Germany. She created the well-known character of the “demonic,” doomed woman, which long remained a standard character in films. Among her best roles were Nastas’ia Filippovna in The Idiot (1921, based on Dostoevsky’s novel), Miss Julie in Strindberg’s play of the same name (1921), Hedda Gabler in Ibsen’s play of the same name (1924), and Mitzi in The Joyless Street (1925). After Hitler came to power (1933), Nielsen returned to her homeland, where she worked in the theater until the end of the 1930’s. She is the author of memoirs.


Bezmohnaia muza. Moscow, 1971. (Translated from Danish.)
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Nielsen, an androgonyous Danish woman with blazing, infinite eyes, was especially iconic in the 1910s and was known, like Madonna and Oprah, by only her first name: "Die Asta." She now is hailed as "the first international movie star." Saunders is an American living in Berlin, where depictions of Nielsen and Thiele resonate differently than they do here.