Asta Nielsen

1881 - 1972

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Asta Sofie Amalie Nielsen (11 September 1881 – 24 May 1972) was a Danish silent film actress who was one of the most popular leading ladies of the 1910s and one of the first international movie stars. Seventy of Nielsen's 74 films were made in Germany where she was known simply as Die Asta (The Asta). Known for her large dark eyes, mask-like face and boyish figure, Nielsen most often portrayed strong-willed passionate women trapped by tragic circumstances. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Asta Nielsen has received more than 234,422 page views. Her biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 55 in 2019). Asta Nielsen is the 50th most popular actor (up from 487th in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Denmark (up from 88th in 2019) and the most popular Danish Actor.

Asta Nielsen was a Danish actress and film director who was most famous for her roles in silent films.

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Among actors, Asta Nielsen ranks 50 out of 13,578Before her are Shah Rukh Khan, Claudia Cardinale, Debbie Reynolds, Alan Rickman, Jack Nicholson, and James Dean. After her are Chuck Norris, Katharine Hepburn, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Meryl Streep, and Michael Douglas.

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Among people born in 1881, Asta Nielsen ranks 7Before her are Pablo Picasso, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Alexander Fleming, Stefan Zweig, Pope John XXIII, and Béla Bartók. After her are Lu Xun, Anna Pavlova, Alexander Kerensky, Hans Kelsen, Enver Pasha, and Ludwig von Mises. Among people deceased in 1972, Asta Nielsen ranks 3Before her are Harry S. Truman, and Ip Man. After her are Frederick IX of Denmark, Yasunari Kawabata, Edward VIII, M. C. Escher, Maria Goeppert Mayer, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi, Igor Sikorsky, and Ezra Pound.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Asta Nielsen ranks 9 out of 1,032Before her are Hans Christian Ørsted (1777), Niels Bohr (1885), Søren Kierkegaard (1813), Haakon VII of Norway (1872), Ivar the Boneless (900), and Cnut the Great (995). After her are Frederick IX of Denmark (1899), Björn Ironside (800), Karen Blixen (1885), Vitus Bering (1681), Gorm the Old (900), and Christian VII of Denmark (1749).

Among ACTORS In Denmark

Among actors born in Denmark, Asta Nielsen ranks 1After her are Mads Mikkelsen (1965), Anna Karina (1940), Erik Bruhn (1928), Jesper Christensen (1948), Giancarlo Esposito (1958), Connie Nielsen (1965), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (1970), Annette Stroyberg (1936), Sidse Babett Knudsen (1968), Lars Mikkelsen (1964), and Ulrich Thomsen (1963).

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