Betty Nansen

Betty Nansen (née Betty Anna Maria Müller[1]) (19 March 1873 – 15 March 1943[2]) was a Danish actress and theatre director of the theater that carries her name, the Betty Nansen Theatre.

Betty Nansen
Betty Nansen
Betty Anna Maria Müller

(1873-03-19)19 March 1873
Died15 March 1943(1943-03-15) (aged 69)
OccupationActress, theatre director
Spouse(s)Peter Nansen
Henrik Bentzon


She was born on 19 March 1873.

She had her debut in the fall of 1893 in Copenhagen's Casino Theater as the title character in Victorien Sardou's Dora.[1] She went on to play Magda in Hermann Sudermann's Homeland as well as the title character in Alexandre Dumas' The Lady of the Camellias.[1] In the fall of 1896 she changed to the Royal Danish Theatre, where she had her debut as Martha in Ibsen's The Pillars of Society.[1]

In 1913 to 1916, she went to the United States to try to make a career as a movie actress. She starred in a number of unsuccessful films by J. Gordon Edwards, e.g. Anna Karenina (which is now considered lost[3]) The Song of Hate, Should a Mother Tell, A Woman's Resurrection, and The Celebrated Scandal.[1]

After this failed attempt at movie stardom, she took over management of the Alexandra Theatre in Frederiksberg, which she went on to rename the Betty Nansen Theatre. She managed the theatre for 26 seasons until her death in 1943.[1]

In 1896, she married the writer, journalist and director of Gyldendal, Peter Nansen (1861–1918). Her second marriage was to the actor Henrik Bentzon.

She died on 15 March 1943, just 4 days shy of her 70th birthday.



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Betty Nansen". Retrieved 5 January 2010.
  2. ^ Hans J. Wollstein (1994). Strangers in Hollywood: the history of Scandinavian actors in American films from 1910 to World War II. Scarecrow Press. p. 227. ISBN 978-0-8108-2938-1. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Progressive Silent Film List: Anna Karenina (1915)". Retrieved 5 January 2010.

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