Eva Dahlbeck

Eva Elisabet Dahlbeck (8 March 1920 – 8 February 2008) was a Swedish stage, film, and television actress. She received a Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for her performance in the film Brink of Life (1958). Dahlbeck retired from acting in 1970 and became an author.

Eva Dahlbeck
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Dahlbeck and Ulf Palme in the film Dreams (1955)
Eva Elisabet Dahlbeck

(1920-03-08)8 March 1920
Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Sweden
Died8 February 2008(2008-02-08) (aged 87)
Stockholm, Sweden
Other namesEva Elisabet Lampell
EducationRoyal Dramatic Theatre
OccupationActress & Author
Years active1942–1970
(m. 1944; died 2007)
Children2 sons


Eva Dahlbeck was born in Saltsjö-Duvnäs near Stockholm. She attended the prestigious acting school of the Royal Dramatic Theatre (in Swedish: Dramatens elevskola) from 1941 to 1944, and acted on the Theatre's stage from 1944 to 1964. She made her film debut in the role of Botilla in Ride Tonight! (Rid i natt!, 1942).

Among her roles in Swedish films were the shrewd celebrity reporter Vivi in Love Goes Up and Down (Kärlek och störtlopp, 1946), the working-class mother Rya-Rya in the drama Only a Mother (Bara en mor, 1949); Mrs. Larsson, the warmhearted mother of seven in the popular children's film Kastrullresan (1950), and the young primary school teacher in Gustaf Molander's Trots (1952), a film with a screenplay by Vilgot Sjöman. In the mid-1950s Dahlbeck was one of Sweden's most popular and successful actresses. She became internationally known for her strong female leads in a number of Ingmar Bergman's films, in particular his comedies Secrets of Women (1952), A Lesson in Love (1954) and Smiles of a Summer Night (1955). In 1965 she won the award for Best Actress at the 2nd Guldbagge Awards for her role in the film The Cats (Kattorna, 1965).[1]

In the 1960s, Dahlbeck moved away from acting as she started to write. She retired from the stage in 1964 and made her final appearance on screen in the Danish film Tintomara (1970). She published several novels and poems in her native Sweden, and wrote the screenplay for Arne Mattsson's dark film Yngsjömordet (The Yngsjö murder) in 1966.

Dahlbeck married Sven Lampell, an air force officer, in 1944. The couple had two children. She lived out the last years of her life in Hässelby Villastad, Stockholm, where she died at age 87.




  • 1964: Hem till kaos ("Home To Chaos")
  • 1965: Sista spegeln: preludier ("The Last Mirror: Preludes")
  • 1966: Den sjunde natten: detaljer (The Seventh Night: Details")
  • 1967: Domen ("The Verdict")
  • 1972: Med seende ögon ("With Eyes That See")
  • 1974: Hjärtslagen ("The Heartbeats")
  • 1976: Saknadens dal
  • 1979: Maktspråket ("The Language of Power")
  • 1980: I våra tomma rum ("In Our Empty Rooms")
  • 1988: Serveto och den eviga elden ("Serveto and the Eternal Flame")
  • 1991: Vapenhandlarens död: ett reportage från insidan ("The Armsdealer's Death: An Inside Story")
  • 1996: På kärlekens villkor: en vandring i ett laglöst land
  • 1999: Sökarljus ("Searching Lights")


  1. ^ "Kattorna (1965)". The Swedish Film Database. Retrieved 2014-02-26.


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