Lena Olin

Swedish Actor
Born Mar 22, 1955

Lena Maria Jonna Olin is a Swedish actress. She has been nominated for several acting awards, including a Golden Globe for 1988's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and an Academy Award for Enemies, a Love Story in 1989. Other well-known films in which Olin has appeared include Chocolat (directed by her husband Lasse Hallström), Queen of the Damned, Casanova and The Reader.… Read More

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1955 Birth Born on March 22, 1955.


1974 19 Years Old She was crowned Miss Scandinavia 1974 in Helsinki, Finland in October 1974. … Read More


1980 25 Years Old In 1980 she was one of the earliest winners of the Ingmar Bergman Award, initiated in 1978 by the director himself, who was also one of the two judges. … Read More


1988 33 Years Old In 1988, Olin starred with Daniel Day-Lewis in her first major part in an English speaking and internationally produced film, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, followed by Sydney Pollack's Havana (1990), Roman Polanski's The Ninth Gate (1999) and many others.
1989 34 Years Old In 1989, she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Enemies: A Love Story, in which she portrayed the survivor of a German Nazi camp.
1994 39 Years Old In 1994 Olin starred in Romeo Is Bleeding and played what is perhaps her most extreme character to date; the outrageous hit woman Mona Demarkov—still one of the actress's most popular portrayals on film.


2000 45 Years Old Olin and director Lasse Hallström collaborated on the 2000 film Chocolat, which received five Academy Award nominations, and on Casanova (2005).
2002 47 Years Old From 2002 to 2006, she appeared opposite Jennifer Garner in her first American television role ever; on the second season of the successful television series Alias.
2003 48 Years Old For her work on the series as Irina Derevko, Olin received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2003. … Read More


2005 50 Years Old 1 More Event
In May 2005, Olin returned to Alias for a two-episode appearance at the end of the show's fourth season, and subsequently appeared again in the fifth season, initially in a cameo in December 2005, and then following a four-month hiatus she appeared again in April 2006, and for the finale on 22 May 2006. … Read More
2008 53 Years Old She had a small but significant role in 2008's Oscar-nominated film The Reader, playing a Jewish survivor of the Auschwitz death march in a trial in the 1960s and the woman's daughter twenty years later.
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