Where is Lena Olin now? Wiki Bio

Lena Maria Jonna Olin was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on 22 March 1955, so under the zodiac sign of Aries and holding Swedish nationality – she is popular for her career of an actress, especially for her roles in “Enemies: A Love Story” and “Chocolat” movies. She is currently living in Bedford, New York State with her husband, and is working on her next movie.

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Childhood and education

Lena spent her entire childhood in Stockholm with her parents Stig Olin and Britta Homberg – her father was a movie director while her mother was a popular actress. Growing up alongside them, Lena fell in love with movies and wanted to become a popular actress once she finished school – she had two siblings, but her older brother died from cancer in 1960 when he was only 10 years old; the other became a popular singer.

Lena was somewhat popular in high school thanks to her parents, as everybody knew about them. She had numerous friends as she was very sociable, and although she was very good academically, she didn’t forget her dream of becoming an actress.

After she matriculated from high school, Lena enrolled at Sweden’s National Academy of Dramatic Art, where she studied mime and acting.

Lena Olin

The beginning of her career

Lena did a bit of modelling before becoming an actress, actually crowned Miss Scandinavia in 1974, in Helsinki in Finland.

As she needed the money to support herself, Lena did several jobs before turning to acting, including as a substitute teacher and working at a hospital as a nurse’s aid. She was a member of the Royal Dramatic Theatre ensemble from 1980 to 1994, and acted in masterpieces written by Shakespeare, and also appeared in small roles in several movies.

Her career was officially launched with her role in “Face to Face” in 1976 – Ingmar Bergman who wrote the drama was very pleased with Lena’s performance, and cast her in several of his upcoming productions. When his “King Lear” version of Shakespeare’s tragedy was released, Lena got to tour around the world with the cast, and visited some of the most popular cities including but not limited to Paris, Moscow and New York. Some of her most notable roles during this period were in “The Master and Margarita”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, and “The Alchemist”. In 1980, Lena became one of the first winners of the Ingmar Bergman Award which was created by Ingmar himself, and who also served as one of two judges.

Rise to prominence

Lena rose to prominence after appearing in another Ingmar movie entitled “After the Rehearsal” in 1984 – her next role in “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” in 1988 made her even more popular, as is still somewhat popular today. In 1989, she received a nomination for the best supporting actress in a movie for her performance in “Enemies: A Love Story”, playing a woman who survived a Nazi death camp during the World War II.

Her next important roles were in the movies “Chocolat” in 2000, for which she was nominated for awards five times, and in “Casanova” in 2005. She won her first TV series role in 2002 in “Alias”, and was in the cast for four years until 2006 – for her role, Lena received her first Emmy Award for an outstanding supporting actress in 2003.

Some of her other notable roles include the supporting role in “Bang Bang Orangutang”, “The Reader” in 2008, “Maya Dardel in 2017”, and will appear in “Daughter of the Queen of Sheba” movie scheduled for release in 2019.

Love life and relationships

Lena was also a bit secretive when it comes to her love life, as she did not want to mix her business life with her love life, however, being a popular actress as she is, she wasn’t able to keep everything away from the media.

Sometime in the ‘70s, Lena began dating Swedish actor Orjan Ramberg. who was also in the Royal Dramatic Theatre at the same time as Lena. The two didn’t marry, but had a son named Auguste Rahmberg born in 1986 – Lena and Orjan split in 1988 for unknown reasons.

After her breakup with Orjan, Lena dated Richard Gere for a short time after the two met during the shooting of the “Mr. Jones”. In 1992, she met Lasse Hallstrom who is a popular Swedish movie director, and they soon began dating – in 1994 they exchanged their wedding vows in Hedvig Eleonora Church in the heart of Sweden, and are now parents to their daughter Tora, who was born in 1995. They have been together ever since, and are currently living in Bedford, New York US. Lena describes her husband as her best friend.

Hobbies and other interests

Lena might be very fond of acting as it is her job and her biggest passion, but she has other interests as well.

Premiere of Lasse Hallstrom's The Hundred Foot Journey.

Posted by Lena Olin on Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lena is a singer, and has recorded a song in Swedish entitled “Manniskors gladje” which was both written and composed by her father Stig Olin with the help of the “Sommarbrevet (Jag skrev ett brev)” Swedish country tune – the song was released sometime in the ‘70s, and was quite popular. While younger, Lena was a huge fan of travelling and enjoyed the privilege of travelling which all actors had – she would often go on road trips instead of flying to get to the set of a film she was working on. She is also a bit of a philanthropist, as both she and her husband have donated to charity throughout the years.

Lena Olin

Lena is a lover of animals, and volunteered in an animal shelter when she was younger, but being as busy as she is, she has never had a dog of her own.

Appearance and net worth

Lena is currently 64 years old. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, and is 5ft 10in (1.78m) tall, while her weight is not known.

According to authoritative sources, her current net worth is estimated to be more than $2 million, and is still steadily rising thanks to her career as an actress.

Fan fact

Lena’s first two attempts to join the National Theatre Academy in 1976 failed, although she got to the final test both times. She then enrolled at university to study to become a doctor, however, Ingmar convinced her to try the test for the third time – she passed, and so gave up on medicine.

Social media presence

Lena seems not to be that active on the internet, as most of her social media accounts seem to be fan made. She has a Twitter account which was launched in February 2009, and which so far counts nearly 500 followers, while she’s tweeted only 10 times – her last on 26 December 2009 and reads ‘Had a wonderful Christmas, hope all my friends on here did too! Thanks for all the messages of goodwill! Appreciated… Love you xxx’. Her Instagram account is currently followed by more than 7,500, people while she’s uploaded more than 100 pictures onto it – she seems to be more or less active on it, as she uploads a single picture every week. Lena’s fan page on Facebook is currently followed by more than 3,000 people.


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