Lena Nyman

Anna Lena Elisabet Nyman (23 May 1944 – 4 February 2011) was a Swedish film and stage actress.

Lena Nyman
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Nyman with Olof Palme (who played himself, uncredited, in I Am Curious (Yellow)) at the 5th Guldbagge Awards (October 1968)
Anna Lena Elisabet Nyman

(1944-05-23)23 May 1944
Died4 February 2011(2011-02-04) (aged 66)
Stockholm, Sweden
Years active1955–2006
Spouse(s)Rune Andersson
(m. 1977⁠–⁠1979)

Having had her first film roles in 1955, Nyman had a role in Vilgot Sjöman's 491 (1964) and got her breakthrough in his I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967), where she, in pseudo-documentary fashion, played a character of the same name as herself, and its sequel I Am Curious (Blue) (1968). Nyman won the 1967–68 award for Best Actress at the 5th Guldbagge Awards.[1]

She later participated in many of the films and stage productions of Hans Alfredson and Tage Danielsson, such as Release the Prisoners to Spring (1975) and The Adventures of Picasso (1978). Nyman co-starred with Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann in Ingmar Bergman's Autumn Sonata (1978).

In 2004, Nyman received the royal medal Litteris et Artibus,[2] and in 2006 she was the recipient of the Eugene O'Neill Award.[3]

Nyman died on 4 February 2011, aged 66, after a long battle with several illnesses including cancer,[4] COPD and Guillain–Barré.


  1. ^ "Lena Nyman". Swedish Film Institute. 1 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Recipients of Litteris et Artibus 2004" (in Swedish). Royal Court of Sweden. Retrieved 4 February 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Skawonius, Betty. "Lena Nyman årets O'Neill-stipendiat". Dagens Nyheter (in Swedish). Retrieved 4 February 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Bergan, Ronald (7 February 2011) "Lena Nyman obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 December 2013.

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